Sunday Post: October is here

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life


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

One of our trees is beginning to show some autumn color!

Autumn is here! The days are cool and we have temperatures in the 40’s at night. I love it!

This is the month for pumpkins, pumpkin spice everything, spooky stories. Except I don’t buy pumpkins anymore, I don’t like pumpkin spice in everything and I don’t like being scared! Still I do love October. But I love it for the clear blue skies, the cool days and nights, for the leaves turning color, for the windy, rainy days when the leaves fall.

World Card Making Day

Yesterday was World Card Making Day and though I didn’t make any cards yesterday (I spent my time cleaning my craft room!) these are some of the cards I’ve made in the last few weeks.

Illinois and Indiana

Next week we’re headed to Illinois and Indiana. Our Indiana daughter is having a “For the Love of Fall” party next weekend so we’re going to help her get ready and then we’re going to celebrate fall with her! We’ll stop on the way and visit our Illinois daughter. She will be coming to the party, too.

Blog life

I wrote some posts this week and even wrote a few for the weeks ahead. I’ve also enjoyed catching up with blogging friends this week. It’s good to be back to regular blogging and I’m glad I moved from a self-hosted site to

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
What I read recently
  • Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Books I got recently

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Kindle Unlimited)

Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Kindle Unlimited)

The Overstory by Richard Powers (ebook/library)

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (audiobook/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for 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.

10 thoughts on “Sunday Post: October is here”

  1. I quite like pumpkin, but we don’t go in for Halloween in the way you do here in the UK – and I certainly don’t like being frightened, so no horror books or scary stories for me! The party sounds like fun, though – I hope it goes smoothly:)). Have a great week, Jan.


  2. We don’t get any trick-or-treaters at the house we live in now since we’re at the top of a long steep driveway, but when our kids were young they loved Halloween and it was fun to see all the cute costumes the children wore.

    I think our daughter’s party will be lots of fun. She’s planning a bonfire in her fire pit and (weather permitting) movies outside in her backyard!


  3. I don’t like horror and pumpkin pie but I do make some awesome pumpkin muffins. I’ll be in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa this week. My Mom’s house in Iowa sold this week so it’s a family get together to sort through some stuff. We’ve been working on it for awhile though. She’s staying in assisted living in Waverly. I’ll be listening to audiobooks for the 4 days of traveling. Although, one day I’ll be picking up my niece in Indiana to go to Iowa with me.

    We finally got into the 70s but it looks like 50s in Iowa this next weekend.

    I’m glad you’re back. I like card making but have been focused on quilting and hope to get back to knitting soon too.

    Have a great trip! Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   


    1. I hope the trip to Iowa, Illinois and Indiana has gone well, Anne. We may even have crossed paths if you were on I74 or I80!

      Pumpkin muffins sound really good. I found a recipe for a Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake I want to try! We had so much fun in Indiana with a family get together and party that I didn’t have time to do a Sunday Post last Sunday. I’m home now, but still trying to catch up with my blogging.


    1. I recently found out that canned “pumpkin” is actually canned squash. I guess a pumpkin is considered a squash so they can call squash “pumpkin”?!! Who knew?


  4. Sounds like you have some fun Fall plans. It is finally cooling down here and my only hope is that we actually get some Fall and don’t head straight into Winter. I adored Worthy and Say Goodbye For Now so I hope you love them too.


    1. I kind of want to save Worthy and Say Goodbye for Now for your February Puppy Love readathon, but I also want to read/listen to them NOW!! You are doing Puppy Love again aren’t you, Barb? Please!!


  5. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin spice though I do love the smell of cinnamon and I’m definitely ready for it to not be in the 90s! I love 84, Charing Crossroads but it’s been far too long since I read it. I think I should dig up my copy and do a reread. It’d be a nice treat. Have a great week!


    1. I love the smell of cinnamon, too, Katherine. And I love making cookies at Christmas to get the spicy smells! I listened to the audiobook (from the library)of 84, Charing Crossroads and loved the narrator reading the authors. She was very expressive.


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