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.
We had lots of rain last week which was great since August and September were mostly dry months. It’s sunny this weekend and we’ve sat outside some.
Trip to Kokomo
We drove to Kokomo, Indiana last week on a whim. It has a population of about 60,000 and is the closest city that size to the north of us. It’s thought that the city was named after a Miami Indian chief, however in one account I read it’s not really known whether he really existed.
As we drove to the city I thought it had grown up as an agricultural center since we drove by farms and fields, but when I read some about Kokomo I learned it grew because it was an industrial city where natural gas was discovered during the 1800’s. This provided a cheap source of power for factories. The automobile industry had beginnings here since one of it’s citizens had his first successful trial run of his “horseless carriage” in Kokomo in 1894. There are still some automotive businesses in Kokomo today which provide many of the jobs for it’s citizens.
I was interested in seeing the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company which was built in 1888 and uses the same techniques used then. I’ve worked with stained glass in the past and still have some stained glass I’d like to use. The company has public tours, but they have to be scheduled in advance. Since our trip was a spur-of-the-moment one we hadn’t planned for that. We also didn’t see some of the old buildings in town since by the time we’d had lunch and driven by the glass factory it was getting late. So we have things to do in future visits to the area.
We celebrated one of our daughter’s birthdays yesterday. She and I cooked the meal together which was really fun. She chose pot roast for dinner. This was a meal I made a lot when the kids were little and is a favorite of all of them. I had made her birthday cake before she came yesterday afternoon.
We also played a new game–Wingspan–I had bought recently. We still have more to learn about it, but we learned the basics. I think it will be fun once we learn all the details!
Funny Olaf picture of the week
This picture makes Olaf look kind of like a giant monster cat! But the succulents in this photo are actually quite small. Olaf is trying to squeeze himself between the window and my desk in my craft room.
I’ve put some barriers up to try to keep him from climbing onto the desk from the cat tower I put in the craft room.
I forgot to post my October book list all week even though it was ready. I should have scheduled it, but every day I thought I’d remember the next day!
Posts last week
Posts for next week
- October books on my list
- Can’t Wait Wednesday
- Sunday Post
What I’m reading
- Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
- Crash Land on Kurai by S.J. Pajonas
- Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
- The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves
- The Quartet Murders by J.R. Ellis (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
- Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
- The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik (audiobook, library)
- The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold (Audible)
- The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Audible)
What did you do last week?