Half over, half left

Life is busy lately–nothing bad, but I haven’t gotten posts done. I’m hoping to fix that and start posting more, but our summer is a busy and wonderful time.

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My daughter adopted a new dog and named her Juneau. She was abandoned by someone and is a real sweetheart. Hard to imagine someone abandoning her. Bailey and Juneau seem to get along well which is really important. My daughter also got a new bike and has enjoyed biking. We have great bike trails.

We’ve had a number of visitors which I love and lots of activities–barbecues, baseball games, a birthday, visiting gardens and garden centers. It’s all fun, but also tiring. When I’ve had time to myself I’ve tended to read which is what this blog is all about–except I haven’t come here to talk about that. And sometimes there wasn’t even time for reading. 😦 However, when I did read I read some really good books.

Books I read in June:

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor–science fiction, time travel

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen–historical mystery, audiobook

But for the the Grace by Peter Grainger–mystery, police procedural

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell–historical mystery

And what I’ve read or am reading in July:

As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd–mystery, police procedural

A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson–historical mystery

White Hot by Ilona Andrews–urban fantasy romance

I’ve missed my blogging friends, but am loving summer. Hard to believe June is over already and half the year is gone, too. I’m still struggling to get reviews written so I plan to work on that and write at least a few lines about the books I read. We’ll see how it all goes during the next half-year . . . .

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

Blog Ahead 2015–How’d I do?

blog-ahead-2015Blog Ahead Challenge October 1st to October 31st

Blog Ahead is over. How did I do?

My Goal

  • I would like to get at least 15 posts ahead, but I’m going to see if I can increase it to 30 posts ahead.

My Accomplishments

I ended up with 10 posts ahead. Not my goal, but I figure any posts ahead will help me and I have another 10 posts at various stages of completion so I plan to continue to increase my scheduled posts as I move forward!

Thanks, Anna @ herding cats & burning soup and Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the Blog Ahead 2015 Challenge!I’m encouraged to have so many posts ready.

Blog Ahead Challenge–Oct 2015

blog-ahead-2015Blog Ahead Challenge October 1st to October 31st

I had a number of posts written ahead until summer activities and trips slowly eroded my cushion. I want to get as many extra posts ahead as I can as I know the last six weeks of the year are very busy for us with Thanksgiving, a nephew’s wedding in December and Christmas in the Midwest. Plus I have joined the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon and Sci-Fi Month during November. So lots to do!

My Goal

  • I would like to get at least 15 posts ahead, but I’m going to see if I can increase it to 30 posts ahead.

Join Anna @ herding cats & burning soup and Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the Blog Ahead 2015 Challenge and cut the stress of blogging! Check their blogs for more information and sign-up!

Blog Ahead: the end and the beginning

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This blog challenge is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog. The idea is to have at least 30 extra pre-scheduled blog posts at the end of November. The challenge begins on November 1 and continues until the end of November. It’s a blogging version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which also takes place during November.

  • Blog Ahead has ended and I didn’t get as many posts ahead as I had hoped, but I do have some ahead and I did have the complete week of Thanksgiving planned ahead so I could enjoy my family during the whole week.
  • I’m going to continue to work on getting ahead on my posts. I hope to have at least 20 posts ahead by the end of December and plan to keep working until I’m at least a full 30 posts ahead. . . and then stay at least 30 posts ahead!

What I did:

  • By the end of November I have an extra 10 posts scheduled now for December and even into January. I also have several posts begun and I just need to finish and schedule them. All in all, I’m pleased with my progress!

Thank you, Anna, for hosting this. This got me started and I plan to keep it up! It’s great to have posts written and scheduled!

 

Blog Ahead: Week 3

blog-ahead02This blog challenge is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog. The idea is to have at least 30 extra pre-scheduled blog posts at the end of November. The challenge begins on November 1 and continues until the end of November. It’s a blogging version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which also takes place during November.

My Progress:

  • I have 15 extra posts scheduled now for November and December. I had hoped to get a few more done this week since I don’t know that I’ll get too much done this last week. However, I’m glad to have this much done!

Come back and check my final progress update!

Blog Ahead–Week Two

blog-ahead02This blog challenge is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog. The idea is to have at least 30 extra pre-scheduled blog posts at the end of November. The challenge begins on November 1 and continues until the end of November. It’s a blogging version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which also takes place during November.

My Progress:

  • I have 10 extra posts scheduled now for November and December.

Come check my progress each week

 

Blog Ahead–Week One

blog-ahead02This blog challenge is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog. The idea is to have at least 30 extra pre-scheduled blog post at the end of November. The challenge begins on November 1 and continues until the end of November. The challenge is a blogging version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which also takes place during November. For more information check out Anna’s sign-up post.

My progress:

  • I began the challenge with one extra post–which I posted this week.
  • I wrote the other six posts I posted during the week.
  • I wrote five extra posts.
  • I now have 4 more posts than when I started the week–just 26 to go!

Check next week and see how I’m managing!

Blog Ahead–November Goals

blog-ahead02This blog challenge is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog. The idea is to have at least 30 extra pre-scheduled blog post at the end of November. The challenge begins on November 1 and continue until the end of November. The challenge is a blogging version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which also takes place during November. For more information check out Anna’s sign-up post.

My goals for Blog Ahead (NaNoWriMo bloggy Style):

  • My goal is to write at least 30 pre-scheduled blog posts
  • At the moment I have one pre-scheduled posts so I need to write posts for November as well as pre-scheduled posts
  • I have a calendar and have some posts planned for mid-November through December.
  • I’m going to try to write at least one post a day for most of November, however Thanksgiving week is busy for me so some of my pre-scheduled posts will probably post this week. However, by the end of November I want 30 extra posts planned and ready to go!
  • I hope to write several posts during the week of Thanksgiving!
  • I plan to write an update post each week.

Check back each week and see how I’m managing!