Sunday Post: End of January


Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

More snow and cold plus wind this week. We had below zero wind chills and blowing snow one day. Roads that were previously cleared of snow were suddenly snowy and slick again. My husband and I had an appointment early that morning and luckily we had left early. We’ve had below freezing temps all week. Next week is supposed to get even colder with temperatures below zero for the high at least a couple of days. Of course, both my husband and I have various appointments and activities next week so we will be out in the cold at least some of the time. However, we have a reliable car with heated seats!

A deer in the yard
Donnie is a little hard to see since he’s at the back of our yard and is a small dog in snow almost over his head!

One afternoon Donnie (our son’s mini dachshund we’re taking care of during January) started barking and wanted to go outside. I thought he’d seen a squirrel so I let him out to chase it away from the bird feeders.

However, as soon as I let him out I saw a deer in the back of the yard. Donnie was ready to chase her out of “his” yard. The deer ran back and forth trying to remember how to get out of the yard. Donnie was furiously barking and forging a path through the deep snow that was almost over his head. I was standing on the back porch yelling at him to come back in since I was afraid if he caught up with the deer she would try to kick him. Of course, he ignored me!

The deer finally found the right spot to jump the fence and joined her five or six compatriots on the other side of the fence. Donnie continued to forge a path through the snow to make sure there were no more intruders! By the time I got him back to the house he was carrying a lot of the snow caught in his long hair. He was quite a sight, but he was also so proud of himself…lol. I didn’t even think of taking pictures of the deer, but once the deer was gone I did take some photos of Donnie trying to run and hop through the snow!

Winter cards

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I’ve mentioned before that I make greeting cards to send to friends and family. This week was the perfect week to make winter cards to send out. I listen to audiobooks while I’m making my cards so I feel like I get reading done at the same time I’m creating. Makes me happy!

Blog life

I’m getting back on track with posts and visiting blogs and commenting. I’m not caught up yet with  all the blogs I want to visit and comment on. Sometimes I get caught up in reading several posts and then have to go do something else and don’t get a comment done. Or I follow interesting links people put up and forget to go back and thank them for their links. I’m trying to do better with that because I really appreciate the content other bloggers (especially book bloggers) contribute and want them to know that. And I really appreciate people leaving comments on my blog and want them to know that, too. I don’t always reach my goals. It’s a work in progress!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Most recent additions to my to-read list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington
  • February 2019 books on my list

My books

What I’m reading
  • Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger
  • Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
What I read recently
  • Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger
  • Zero G by Dan Wells
Books I got recently

Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger

Pit Perfect by Renee George

The Expert System’s  Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Working Stiff by Annelise Ryan

The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor

This Can’t Be Happening Collection (Free for Prime members–kindle & audiobook)

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

20 thoughts on “Sunday Post: End of January”

  1. Blimey – you’re not wrong about the amount of snow you’ve got – the dog is almost completely covered. I can see why you were concerned about the deer…

    And I see you’ve got The Expert System’s Brother – I look forward to seeing what you make of it, Jan:). Have a great week!


    1. Thanks, Sarah! I’m looking forward to The Expert System’s Brother–such an interesting title!

      Donnie is very intrepid these days. Before the deer he didn’t go into the deep snow. Now everyday he goes charging out looking for intruders! We’re getting very cold weather the next few days though so I have to watch him and make sure he’s not out there long.


  2. Oh poor Donnie! Though it looks like he can take care of himself. Poor deer! I love them but I have a feeling that’s mostly because I don’t have much of a garden that they can eat! That’s a crazy amount of snow. We don’t get snow very often thankfully because I’m not a fan at all! I love the cards. They’re so pretty and so seasonal. Enjoy your reading and stay warm! Have a great week!


    1. Thanks, Katherine! I love snow and cold weather doesn’t bother me, but, of course, I’ve got a warm house. I have to admit I’m getting ready for some warmer weather!

      I don’t mind the deer too much except that they try to raid our bird feeders and also run across the busy street in front of our house. We’ve barely missed hitting several a couple times this winter.


  3. Love that pic of Donnie! He will have stories to tell his Dad when he comes back, haha. My daughter’s dog (who lives with us now) chased 2 deer out of our yard, but it was dark out, no moon, and we don’t have a fenced yard. We go on the honor system, lol, and he got in big trouble for starting to go into the woods back there.

    I love your winter cards. My SIL suffers from TBI (traumatic brain injury) so her doctor is recommending all kinds of things to keep her sharp, such as crafts and social media, etc.– things she never did when she was a career person. She made us homemade birthday cards- hubby and I both have ours in Nov.– and a Christmas card too. It looks like fun. I used to do scrapbooking back when it was all the rage and before digital cameras.


    1. Donnie chased a fawn out of our yard before we built our fence. That was traumatic for me. Donnie just thought he was the hero!

      I’m sorry about your SIL’s injury, Rita. I’m glad she can do some crafts. I hope they will help. I love creating cards. I guess it gives me and my brain a creative outlet…lol.


    1. Thanks, Stephanie. I don’t mind the deer too much and have to admit I enjoy seeing them and other wildlife in our yard and neighborhood. They can cause a lot of damage to trees and they like lots of flowers, too. During the winter they try to get the sunflower seeds out of our bird feeders.


  4. That is cold and I don’t miss living in the north at all. Donnie looks so tiny in all that snow. I remember when my dog would come in covered in snow. She loved chewing the ice from between her toes. LOL And burrowing under it when running in the yard. Looked like a giant mole under there. LOL Say safe and warm:)


  5. That’s adorable! It looks like he’s swimming, lol. I remember from when I was a kid the joys of the dogs coming in with ‘snowballs’ all over their bellies, ears, legs and trying to get them off!
    Thankfully, when we do get snow nowadays, I don’t have to worry about it as I have cats and snow is not their friend… Well, except the Maine Coon. She might be a problem (she isn’t phased by water or rain!) but we’ll have to wait and see. 🙂


    1. Donnie is going home this weekend. My son arrives to pick him up now that he’s found an apartment in Seattle where he has moved. I have cats, too, and they just watch the snow and birds out the windows! Do you have a Maine Coon cat? I’ve always thought they were great cats.


  6. Go Donnie! I saw the pics on Instagram. He’s so adorable and I know you will miss him when your son takes him home. I see you grabbed Pit Perfect. It’s such a cute mystery and I bet you fall in love with Smooshie – she’s Cassius’ book girlfriend. Seems like we’ve been doing a great job of enabling each other lately!


    1. He is really cute when he not only runs, but also hops through the snow! I’m looking forward to Pit Perfect hopefully in February.


  7. You may need your own Donnie or try to get joint custody. He is precious. OK I lived in Iowa and Minnesota but I am so glad we only have about 2-3 days of snow here a year. I do miss the skiing. I have both downhill and cross country skis. I also have made cards over the years. But I don’t seem to send many anymore; everything is so electronic these days. You are obviously talented at it. Enjoy your reads and stay warm!


    1. I’ve taken care of Donnie a number of times for my son so I feel like I have joint custody…lol. My phone number is on his tag along with my son’s so I think that qualifies!

      We used to have cross country skis, but they were jettisoned during one of our moves, I think. I really hope we don’t move much further south than where we are now. I love the change of seasons. And thanks, Anne, for your kind words about my cards. I love making them.


  8. Haha, look at that little dog in the snow! My dog chases deer, too, but she’s pretty big. She does get snowballs caught in her hair, though. Then she drops them all over the house. Have a good week!


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