Sunday Post: Spring is coming…haha!


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

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We’re having another round of very cold weather…-5 when I got up this Sunday morning and a wind chill of -16. Supposed to be even colder tonight. At least we only got a smidgen of snow–most of it went south of us this time.


My husband and I have stayed in a lot this week since it’s cold and we still have snow on the ground still. (And we both were tired of usual activities.) So we decided to play cribbage Saturday night. We hadn’t played cribbage for a while. We even had to review the rules again! My husband almost always wins, but I was 30 points ahead going into the final lap so I thought I had a good chance. But, no, it was not to be–he won that game and the second game we played. 😦 But we had lots of fun and lots of laughs.

Daughters in Illinois and Indiana and then Chicago and orchids and St. Patrick’s Day…Oh, My!

At the end of the week we’re going to visit our two daughters–one in Illinois and one in Indiana. All sorts of fun in both places and then the next weekend we’re driving to Chicago to visit my husband’s sister. She has all sorts of great things planned for us–10,000 orchids at the botanical gardens, a Choir of Men concert and St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday and since we’re in Chicago I’m sure that is going factor into our activities…lol.

Travelling cats

Our two cats are travelling with us and then vacationing with our Illinois daughter! We’ve had a couple of bad experiences with two different pet sitters. Once when I’d asked the pet sitter not to open any closed doors we found one of our cats in a room (supposedly closed) when we arrived home. She is my cat who often hides and sometimes a stranger ( aka pet sitter) may not see her at all. She wasn’t closed in the room too long since there were no messes, but I couldn’t trust that pet sitter or that company after that. Our cats ride quite well in a cat carrier in the car so that is our best choice at the moment.

Blog life

I wrapped-up the Puppy Love challenge by reading six books and reviewing two of them during February. I also posted a review of Splintered Silence I read in December about two Marine veterans–a dog handler and her K-9 dog–both injured by an IED and suffering from PTSD.

I read seven books and reviewed four books in February–not a very good record, but at least I did that much! February was a busy month with various appointments, snow, cold and my daughter visiting for a week.

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  • Review
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  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (book had to go back to library a couple of weeks ago–I’m on hold again!)
What I read recently
  • Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards
  • Doggirl by Robin Brande
Books I got recently

Doggirl by Robin Brande

Gabriel & Mr. Death by Susan J. Kroupa

Old Bones by Cynthia by Harrod-Eagles

Next of Kin by James Tucker (Amazon Prime free read)

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Audiobook)

The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush (Audiobook)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (library)

Watcher in the Woods by Kelly Armstrong (library)

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.

9 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Spring is coming…haha!”

  1. ooo you surely know I loved Exit Strategy, Spinning Silver and Watcher in the Woods. I also love cribbage.

    I hope you have a lovely trip. Maybe you can listen to some audiobooks or read when you’re not driving in the car. I enjoy doing that but I know some people can’t.


  2. Thanks, Anne! Those are all books I’m excited about reading. And I’m looking forward to our trip. We’ll listen to at least one audiobook while we drive.


    1. Yes, we play cribbage and backgammon, too. My husband often beats me when we play those, but I often beat him when we play dominoes (which is one of my favorite games!)

      The cold and snow doesn’t usually get to me, but I admit I’m more than ready for spring!


  3. Wow you did awesome with the challenge. I see you grabbed Gabriel. I had to go check out Doggirl so I guess you returned the favor. Hope you have fun and safe visits with your daughters. That stinks about the pet sitters. I would only do that if I had relatives who could come check on them. Many years ago we had to take our first boxer to Ohio State University for medical treatment. It was going to be a long day so about half way through, our neighbor was going to go hang out with our other one. Well, she called and he wouldn’t let her in the door. Gpa to the rescue. He drove from 1/2 hour away and hung out with Barkley the rest of the day. Barkley had always liked her but with us not at home, he didn’t want anything to do with her.


    1. Thanks, Barb! I really enjoyed the Puppy Reading Challenge. I love the cover of Gabriel. I had to get that book even though it’s so short. I loved Doggirl. I wish I had even one dog who did the awesome things her dogs did. My kids’ dogs have a few fun tricks so I get to have them do their tricks when they’re visiting!

      When our kids were growing up we had a wonderful yellow lab who was a great family dog. However, she was a great watch dog and when all the houses around us were burglarized ours wasn’t. I always attributed that to Ginger. And I agree about the relatives who could check on the animals. We had one of our daughters in town until last summer so we don’t have that comfort anymore.


  4. I hope you have a great trip. It sounds like you have a lot of stuff planned. Enjoy your new books. Have a good week!


    1. Thanks, AJ. I’m looking forward to our trip–including the road trip. My husband and I have a lot of fun when we go somewhere together.


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