Sunday Post: A winter saga

A chance to connect with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives


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

The saga

One of our daughters wanted some of the furniture we planned to get rid of and had also sold a couple things for us so we rented a small U-haul for a couple days and scheduled a trip to her house. Our daughter got Friday off from work and Monday is a holiday for her so the plan was for them to drive back to Des Moines on Friday and spend the weekend helping us with the house.

We scheduled the trip during a weekend when the weather looked good, but as often happens the forecast began to look worse as the week progressed. Since my daughter had gotten time off we decided to continue with our plans. My husband picked up the truck Wednesday morning and spent the day packing it. And we had to pack additional boxes to fill it up!

Wednesday the forecast began to get more serious and the National Weather Service put out a winter weather advisory. And then the advisory was changed to a winter weather warning. It still didn’t sound too bad at that point and the truck was packed! My husband left early Thursday morning. It rained and was windy during the trip. But he arrived about two p.m. and he and my daughter unloaded the furniture and boxes into her garage.

Blizzard warning

During Thursday the winter weather warning was upgraded to a blizzard warning for Thursday night and Friday. We had a forecast of 4-7 inches of snow and 30+ mph winds. Western Iowa had 50 mph winds forecast so it was much worse there. My husband and daughter changed their plans to drive back on Friday and decided to make the trip in one day. They arrived at our house at 10 p.m. Thursday night and the wind was really blowing and snow was coming down hard. Our driveway was snow covered and it took two tries to get to the top of the drive. They said the roads had started to get bad about 20 miles from Des Moines.

Not as bad as forecast

We did have about 4 inches of snow, but when I got up Friday morning the wind had died down and it had stopped snowing so Friday wasn’t too bad once the roads got cleared later in the morning. Not all the snow we got after Christmas had melted in our backyard and it’s completely covered again.

More snow

We have a little more snow falling this morning which was a surprise. (The forecast said: 30% chance of snow flurries so I didn’t think it would be anything.) A few hours ago my daughter and I went to Starbucks and the roads were already a little slippery. It’s still snowing lightly!

Winter cards

All the snow so far this winter has encouraged me to make winter, snowy cards! One of my sisters-in-law also made cards for me showing a picture of our snowy yard this winter. I love them! I will miss this yard when we move.

Blog Life

Last week was busy getting boxes packed and I forgot to put up posts I had ready. 😦 I did work on a couple posts, but didn’t get them quite ready. I can’t even remember if I visited blogs or made any comments. It was a tiring and stressful week! However, I still hope to post 2020 end-of-year posts. They’re not late as long as I get them posted during January, right??!

Posts for next week
  • What I read in 2020
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • My favorite 2020 books
  • My five favorite new authors in 202o
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder
Books I read last week
  • No Past Forgiven by Valerie Keogh
  • The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall
Books I got last week

What are you hoping for in 2021? What are you planning 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.

12 thoughts on “Sunday Post: A winter saga”

  1. I’m so glad the weather wasn’t as bad as projected and you were able to get your moving efforts accomplished safely. The snow is pretty but I don’t miss the many months of it. A few days a year is find for me now. Stay safe and well Jan!

    Anne – Books of My Heart


    1. Thanks, Anne! I don’t like to drive in the snow, but I really enjoy watching it snow and looking outside at the snow and the bird feeders and birds. I’m especially enjoying the snow this year since Indiana usually will have less snow than Iowa.


  2. Oh my goodness – weren’t you lucky with the weather? And how brilliant that you were able to swap your furniture around! I can see why you’ll miss that lovely garden – but I’m sure you will make the new one your own within a couple of years, too:)). And I also have Defending the Galaxy on my TBR list – which seeing you reading it has just reminded me it’s sitting there! I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two books, so am looking forward to tucking into this one, too.


    1. Yes, we were lucky with the weather! I’m hoping we’ll be able to plant some of our favorite plants at our new house. The climate is quite similar though a little warmer in winter and summer since they’re a little further south.

      I’m really liking Maria V. Snyder’s books. The premise is so interesting.

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      1. I know – I think the way she’s developed the plot around the aliens is wonderfully original. I’ve got a couple of arcs that need reading, first – but then I’m tucking into this one, too!


    1. Thanks, Shelleyrae! I don’t like driving in packed snow either, but my daughter and husband have lots of experience! And they both commented there was very little traffic.


  3. The snow is beautiful but it definitely makes moving messy! Glad everything went well with moving the furniture and the travel. Hope you have a great week and stay warm!


    1. Thanks, Katherine. I’m glad things went well, too. We still have most of our three bedroom house to move, but we won’t have to do that until May so we’ll be okay! Of course, then we may run into bad thunderstorms!


  4. You were lucky with the weather – snow is beautiful to look at but less funny to drive on. I’m glad your moving went well, it’s only natural you concentrated on this instead of the blog. Ain’t those cards lovely ! Enjoy your week 🙂


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