Sunday Post: The tree is gone

Weekly meme to talk about books & a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

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

It’s been very hot here in the Midwest and especially in Iowa where we’re also having a drought. It’s going to be cooler next week and maybe we’ll get lucky and get some rain.

Tree is gone

My husband cut limbs as many limbs from our tree as he could during the last few weeks. This is the tree that split apart during our derecho storm a few weeks ago. I showed photos of it in last week’s Sunday Post. My husband was able to get a tree company to come in and cut the rest of the tree down.

Downsizing

We’ve been busy this week. We’re finally trying to use our extra time at home by sorting through some of our stuff–throwing things away and getting ready to get rid of things. I’m even going to get rid of many of my books since most everything I read these days is either an ebook or an audiobook. I will save a few of my favorites, but I can’t keep books that I’m not reading. The problem is that our library isn’t accepting book donations and places like Goodwill are closed. So I hope I can find some places where I can donate things or maybe even sell some things. We’ve meant to downsize more for a long time so I hope we’re successful!

Blog Life

I’m still trying to figure out some of the new parts of WordPress so that slowed down some of my blog post preparation.

Reading

This month I only read six books. Most of the other months this year I’ve read about ten. Even with a smaller number of books read I’m still way ahead in my Goodreads challenge.

Last week
Next week
  • September 2020 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
What I read
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Books I got

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.

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: The tree is gone”

  1. I’m so happy you are back. Downsizing is a good project and somewhat continual. Actually I worked hard on it both before our move last summer and in the unpacking. There is more to do. I still have some areas to unpack / sort out. We still have a lot of coats from MN and the front closet is full of them. We didn’t much use them last “winter” here. I hope you have some other trees for a bit of shade. I love how ours are all at the back of the yard but shade the yard. You got some great books to read!

    Anne – Books of my Heart Here is my Sunday Post

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    1. You’re right, Anne, downsizing is kind of continual. I packed a box of books yesterday that I’ve decided I’m not going to read or reread. I’ve saved a few to give to one of my daughters and I have more to sort through. This is the third purge of books I’ve done in the last five years. The first purge was an enormous one. This will be another large one. When I’m finished I don’t want to have many physical copies of fiction books left. I haven’t started sorting clothes and coats yet. Another big purge! And we do have trees left–mostly around the sides of the yard–which is a better place for them!

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  2. While it must have been a real blow to lose the tree – it must also be a relief, given the damage it had sustained. You couldn’t risk leaving it in such a state so close to the house… I know what you mean about sorting out books! We desperately need to do the same thing, as I can’t recall when either of us picked up a real book. It’s all about ebooks and audiobooks these days. I’m halfway through The Trials of Koli and enjoying it – I hope you do, too. Have a great week, Jan.

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    1. You’re right, Sarah. We were concerned the other part of the tree could fall on the house. Sorting my books is painful at times, but I don’t reread books very often and only read a handful of physical books anymore. I’m looking forward to The Trials of Koli. It sounds good.

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      1. You simply couldn’t risk it! But it must have been a wrench. As is sorting books – kudos for you knuckling down to do it! My children have a DREADFUL chore once I finally turn up my toes…

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        1. That’s one reason I decided to sort books now. My husband and I helped sort and clean our parents’ homes and it was really hard. I’m trying to help my kids a little when I finally turn up my toes…

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          1. Yes – that’s not yet a chore we have had to face as both sets of parents are still with us. But I am aware it would be a dirty trick to leave them with such a chore, so we do need to have a major declutter! And good for you for rolling up your sleeves and getting on with it.

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