Sunday Post: Summer is nearly over


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

Hard to believe summer is nearly over. This summer has flown by. It’s dry here, but at least it’s not too hot. My husband continues to work on our driveway and is making great progress since it hasn’t rained lately. We need some rain, but if it’s too wet our clay soil makes it very hard to work.

Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair started at the end of the week, but I don’t think we’ll get a chance to go this year. Maybe next year, since it’s great fun to go and see all the exhibits and shows and try the amazing foods (like deep-fried Oreos and pecan pie with bacon…lol). This year, of course, many of the Presidential candidates are visiting the fair where they each have 20 minutes to speak at the Des Moines Register Soapbox. Of course, they’re expected to try some of those foods!

Summer travel

We’re leaving next week to visit our daughters and then fly to Seattle to visit our son. I’m hoping the plane to Seattle won’t be too crowded, but since it’s still summer it probably will be. It’s always great to see our kids and we love Seattle. We’ve been in Seattle many times over the years since my husband’s sister and brother-in-law live there. Now that our son is also living in Seattle we have even more incentive! We’re also going to meet my brother and his family on the central Washington coast for a few days. My brother and sister-in-law live in Oregon so we’re each driving partway. It will be fun to see them.

Blog life

My head is feeling better, but I’m still taking it easy. Most mornings my head starts hurting so I lie down and close my eyes for a while. I haven’t spent much time using my computer, but have managed to do some reading especially audiobooks. I especially loved listening to Evvie Drake Starts Over. It’s a great summer read. Made me feel really happy!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Craks in a Marriage by Barbara Barrett
  • A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
What I read recently
  • Ascending by Meg Pechenick
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Dropbears by W.R. Gingell
Books I got recently

A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon

Bright Shards by Meg Pechenick

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

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.

17 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Summer is nearly over”

  1. Sorry to hear you are battling with your head – it is such a miserable pain! Glad that you are looking forward to a holiday to Seattle, which I’m guessing will be cooler?? I have also got hold of Bright Shards and I loved the first book in the series and am just over halfway through – I look forward to finding out what you make of it. Have a good week, Jan.


    1. Thanks, Sarah. I really liked Ascension so am excited to read Bright Shards. Yes, Seattle will be cooler. Low 70’s most of the time which is really nice!


  2. Sounds like you are going to have a very fun and social trip out northwest! My son once went to Seattle and loved it there. We actually considered living there when we were based in CA, but then my kids moved back east so we are retired on the east coast.
    I’m glad your head is starting to feel a bit better. It will take time. I know from SIL who had the same accident, only worse, that pain will come and go for a while. I’m sending you good thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Re: Lea Wait’s newest. I always say I want to start that series and then put it off. Did you read on some blogs that Ms. Wait passed away this week? 😦 I met her once when she visited the school I was working in, in her town. I used to live like 15 minutes away from her. I think I’ll pick up her holiday themed one for this season. I usually read Thanksgiving and Christmas books starting in November.


    1. Oh, that makes me sad to hear Lea Wait passed away. I have enjoyed this cozy series a lot. I find some cozys too silly or sometimes a little boring, but this series kept me interested in reading the books. Yeah, I like to read these seasonal books in November and December. This review is actually from a book I read last December. I have left-over reviews from last year still to post…lol

      And thanks, Rita, for the good thoughts sent my way. I appreciate it.


  3. It sounds like you will be very busy over the next few weeks, enjoy the time with family!
    I hope your enjoying A Necessary Evil.
    Have a great reading week


  4. Have a safe and wonderful trip to Seattle! I hope your head starts to feel better. Audiobooks have been my saving grace lately, I haven’t been in much of a mood to start reading so listening to books really helps me out. I hope you have a wonderful week.


    1. Yes, listening to books is so soothing sometimes and sometimes I just have to find times to listen when the book gets to an exciting part!!


  5. So sorry to hear about your headaches. That makes everything so much more difficult. Audio books are really a lifesaver for those moments though. Sounds like you’ve got some busy plans! Hope you have a great week and start feeling better!


    1. Thanks, Katherine! Yeah, audibooks were a lifesaver for me when my headaches were especially bad. I’m back to being able to read using my Kindle most of the time which is great.


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