Sunday Post: Visit to a sculpture park

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

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

I had a busy week, but my husband and I found time for a local outing.

Downtown Des Moines has a wonderful sculpture park which regularly gets new sculptures. We drive by often, but this week we stopped to walk through it and admire new sculptures and old favorites. It was a beautiful afternoon and a fun outing.

MacRae Park & EMC Overlook

On the way home we stopped at a small park named for Donald MacRae, a WWI soldier from Des Moines, who was killed during the war. The park is over 100 years old. It needed some renovations so the park has been closed for a number of months. It was reopened earlier this month and an overlook 40 feet above the ground was added which provides a great view of downtown Des Moines.

A very fun outing!

Blog life

Only a couple posts written, but four good books finished!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • November books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Slayer by Kiersten White
  • Echoes in the Sand by Shannon Baker
What I read recently
  • Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
  • Doing Time by Jodi Taylor
  • Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan
Books I got recently

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby (ebook, purchased)

The Last Dance by Martin L. Shoemaker (Amazon First Reads)

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (library book)

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.

17 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Visit to a sculpture park”

  1. That does look like a nice day out and with much better weather than when I was in Iowa! It’s been lovely here 60s-70s. I’m just glad to be out of the 90s. I met people from the Pappajohn organization. I was on an alumni board at UNI when they built the Entrepreneurial Center there. I did some sessions for students since I created my own business and ran it for about 20 years. I hope you enjoy a lovely week with more exciting books!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. That’s really neat that you met people from the Pappajohn organization, Anne. And that you successfully ran a business for 20 years. That’s a great accomplishment.

      We had our first bit of snow here a couple of days this week so we’re much colder now than we were the day we visited!

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  2. That sculpture park looks lovely. The LOVE sculpture is also part of a water feature at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire… And the memorial park also delivers stunning views… Overall you certainly had a wonderful outing – and the weather also behaved. I hope the coming week is a good one, Jan:)

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    1. That LOVE sculpture is certainly an iconic and recognizable piece of art. We were really pleased the memorial park was open and to experience the overlook. Really nice. It’s always nice to visit places around our city–sometimes for the first time!

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    1. I only included the spider sculpture because it was so close to Halloween, Kimberly! I haven’t read any of Betty Lee Crosby’s books so I’m looking forward to reading this new-to-me author.

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    1. The sculpture park is one of our favorite places in town. We spent a Christmas afternoon walking through there a few years ago. It’s also a nice place to walk your dog which we did that day with our daughter’s dogs, Barb!

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    1. Thanks, Nicci! Two of the four books I read were already partially read before the week started. But I did finish them last week. This week I haven’t finished any books yet! Oh well.

      The sky bridge is very awesome.

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