Sunday Post: Back home

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

I’m loving the autumn weather though most of our trees aren’t showing much color. There are trees around that have pretty colors, but I’ve heard this isn’t the best year for autumn color in our part of Iowa. And the trees in our yard don’t usually turn spectacular colors. Some trees are losing their leaves without even turning color.


The party hosted last weekend was lots of fun and my husband did lots of yard work for my daughter since we planned to spend most of the day outside. My husband even built a new fire pit for her.

Of course, the day before the party it was 70 degrees, but the day of the party it only got to 50 degrees. However, the sun was shining and we had a bonfire all day so we all stayed warm. It was a fun day. One of most enjoyed activities was painting canvases with acrylic paint. Movies were planned to show outside, but by the time it got dark it was getting way too cold and most people wanted to go inside.

My daughter’s dogs loved having everyone at the party. They got to hang out with everyone and Juneau who loves to retrieve balls had people to throw the ball for her all day long and she just kept bringing the ball back for more! The cutest times were when my niece’s daughters threw the ball. The youngest one is in the above picture. She was dressed as a fairy princess (even came to the party wearing sunglasses!) She had picked out her clothes to wear and was happy to be the princess! She was so cute with Juneau and Juneau was wonderful with her–didn’t jump on her or try to grab the ball from her. Juneau is a rescue dog and my daughter spent a lot of time teaching her not to grab the ball or jump when someone had it in their hand.

Home again

We arrived home on Monday and have spent the week recuperating. But what a great time for all of us!


I’ve started watching Stumptown–one of the new 2019 TV series. It’s on ABC. I’m liking it. It stars Cobie Smulders (who played Robin in How I Met Your Mother).

I’m also enjoying the new season of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix.

Blog life

We were so busy during the week before the party and that weekend that I didn’t do much on my blog and I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last week.

Recent posts

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
What I read recently
  • No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
Books I got recently

Netted by S.J. Higbee (ebook/purchased)

Creed by Celina Grace (ebook/purchased)

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett (ebook/purchased)

Doing Time by Jodi Taylor (ebook/purchased)

Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Kindle Unlimited)

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths (Kindle Unlimited)

Echoes in the Sand by Shannon Baker (Kindle Unlimited)

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (ebook/library)

The Long Call By Ann Cleeves (audiobook/library)

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (audiobook/Chirp)

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: Back home”

  1. The family party looks like it was so much fun! And though it was a bit chillier than you might have wanted, at least it didn’t rain. I was pleased to see you have got a copy of Doing Time – I thoroughly enjoyed it. And also even more pleased to see you have bought a copy of Netted – thank you! I hope you enjoy it and I’m glad you liked reading Mantivore Dreams:). Have a lovely week, Jan:)


  2. I love your trip and recuperating. I can relate. My trip to Iowa was cold; it even snowed. I love the fire pit idea. I always want to read what you are; you have excellent taste in reading materials. I hope you have a really nice week and enjoy some relaxing and reading.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   


  3. The party sounds like so much fun!

    I don’t think it’s a great year for leaf color in a lot of the country this year. We’re not getting much here, either. Most of the leaves are turning brown and falling off due to the high heat and low precipitation levels in August , September, and early October. It’s cool now, and today was rainy, but it’s probably too late for much leaf color.

    Enjoy your new books! I like the cover of Doing Time.


  4. Sounds busy but fun busy! We don’t really have much color change here. It goes from ridiculously hot to cold (well our version which is more like 50ish) so quickly that the leaves don’t really change. I really enjoyed The Long Call and it was my first Ann Cleeves though I’ve been wanting to read her Shetland series. I’ve been wanting to try Stumptown. The previews look hilarious so I think I’ll give it a try. Have a great week!


  5. Such lovely pictures and it sounds like a great visit. The fire pit is awesome and of course, Juneau is just adorable. We’re finally getting some Fall temps for a change here, I just hope winter holds off!


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