Sunday Post: A weekend of dogs

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

A great start to a cold beautiful winter day

I forgot it was Sunday and got busy doing stuff so forgot to finish my Sunday Post!

Weekend with the dogs

We took care of my daughter’s dogs this weekend since she was out of town. We kept the dogs at her house since she has a fenced yard. We went to her house several times a day and spent yesterday afternoon and evening at her house with the dogs.We had a fire in her fireplace which felt great on a cold winter day and evening.

As you can see in the above picture the winter storm that went through the Midwest this weekend missed the Indianapolis area. Indianapolis has received the least amount of snow of any winter since 1941. According to the weatherman we’re in a “snow hole!” And I hope those of you who’ve gotten or are getting snow, ice, wind and other winter weather are staying warm and safe.

Blog

For quite a while now I’ve only done one or two posts a week, but I’ve decided to try to do more posts some weeks. When I can think of answers or have ideas about books I plan to do some “Top Ten Tuesday” posts and discussion posts. (I signed up for the 2022 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.) I still am not going to review books, but I hope to talk about books.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • Into the Dark by J.A. Sutherland
Books read
  • Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
New books

What are you doing?

Sunday Post: An anniversary

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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 cold and often windy this week and we’ve had a few snow flurries, but no snow on the ground. We’ve warmed up this weekend to the 30’s, but the temperature is going to drop during the day today and we’ll be very cold again for a few days.

Anniversary

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary this week by going to a hotel in our local area for one night. It was low-key, but we had a really nice time and the view from our room was great.

The cats

I added a photo of Olaf from about two years ago when he was a kitten and one of Blaze at about the same age. They look quite different. Olaf is a blue point ragdoll and Blaze is a seal point. (Of course, Blaze also has a white blaze on the middle of his face!) The full color of ragdoll cats can continue to change until they’re three or four years old.

Blog

I read three books this week, but two of the books I didn’t enjoy very much. I started out enjoying them, but by the end of the books I just wanted to be done with them. They both depressed me. Luckily, the third book–Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern–is part of a mystery series I love. So I’m feeling better about the start of the year.

Even though I wrote some posts last week I didn’t visit many blogs. I hope to visit more next week. I always like to see what people are doing and what they’re reading.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • January 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
Books read
  • Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
  • Deep into the Dark by P.J. Tracy
  • Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern
New books

What have you been doing?

Sunday Post: 2022–A new year

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

2022 begins. And hard to believe we start a third year with Covid-19 still causing many deaths and consuming our thoughts and changing our lives.

My Christmas

So fun with our children and our animals here in our new home. I know how lucky and blessed we are–we’re vaccinated, healthy, we like and love each other, our kids have good jobs, my husband and I have enough to live a comfortable life.

Blog

I read 103 books in 2021 so I exceeded my Goodreads Reading Challenge by three books! I decided to keep my 2022 challenge at 100. That’s a comfortable number for me. I have plans to do a few more things in 2022 besides my blog and reading though reading remains one activity I would have a hard time giving up. That is why I’m a readerholic after all. . . .

Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors. She writes the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series–a wonderful well-written mystery series. Each month she sends a newsletter to subscribers and I have come to admire not only her fiction writing, but also her candidness and thoughtfulness in her newsletters. I received her January newsletter yesterday. One of the things she includes in every newsletter is a quote and I love quotes!

Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.

Susan Sontag

At the end of her January newsletter Louise Penny took the quote and adapted it slightly: “Kindness, dear friend… Kindness. And courage. And health.”

And that, dear friends, is what I wish for all of you in 2022!

Posts
Posts for next week
  • January 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
Books read
  • The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly
  • Moorings by David Moore
  • “Warms You Twice” by Craig Johnson (2021 Walt Longmire Christmas short story)
New books

What are your plans and hope for 2022?

Sunday Post: Less than a week till Christmas

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

We’ve had some beautiful sunrises and sunsets so far this month, but no snow! Apparently there’s only a 25% chance for snow in the Indianapolis area at Christmastime!

Our menagerie

Not only do we have a new kitten in our household, but we’ve also been taking care of our son’s mini dachshund this month. Our son is moving from Seattle to New York City this month so we offered to keep Duke for him while he packed up and left Seattle and then rented an apartment in NYC. He found an apartment this week and he arrives back at our house tomorrow. We are all excited to see him!

Olaf and Blaze (our cat and kitten) and Duke all get along well so they’ve all had fun together. It’s very cute how Duke sometimes runs up to them to break up the wrestling match when Olaf and Blaze are playing together. I think he’d like to play with them, too, but none of them quite know how to do that!

Baking

I’ve baked quite a few cookies so far this month and hope to get some more baking done this week. I made Ginger Cookies also, but forgot to take a photo of them. These are all new recipes I made this year, but they’re all drop cookies so easy and quick to make. The cookies all taste great. I was concerned because the chocolate chip cookies didn’t brown very much on top, but my husband has taste-tested and says they’re the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve made!

Neighbors

We’ve delivered some of the cookies I’ve baked to some of our neighbors. We also had some of our neighbors to our house to get to know them a little better. That’s been nice and I think we’ll get together with some of them again after Christmas.

Christmas

I’m so excited to spend our first Christmas here in our new house. Our three kids will be here which is wonderful.

Our son arrives tomorrow and our Illinois daughter arrives on the 23rd and we’ve got tickets to hear Handel’s Messiah that evening. I think we’re going to watch Christmas movies on Christmas Eve plus we always play some games during the Christmas holiday. Of course, we’ve got lots of cooking and baking planned and even some time with no particular plans!

Blog

I haven’t read any Christmas themed books this year. I started one and liked it pretty well, but just wasn’t feeling like reading it very much. I finally had to return it to the library and I’d only read 50% of it.

However, I’ve read other books in the last couple of months that I’ve really enjoyed–especially some fun urban fantasy books. So even though I was five books behind at times this year with my Goodreads Challenge Goal of 100 books I’ve completed the challenge. So far I’ve read 101 books and hope to read at least two or three more before the end of the year.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly
Books read
  • Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean
  • State of Terror by Hilary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny
  • Scorched Heart by Helen Harper
  • Junkyard Bargain by Faith Hunter
  • The Noose of a New Moon by Helen Harper
New books

What are you doing next week? If you celebrate Christmas what are some of your traditions? If you don’t celebrate Christmas do you have other celebrations at this time of year?

Sunday Post: Lots of (fun) things to do

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

Life has been busy around our house and I haven’t gotten a post done for a couple of weeks. As you read more of my post you will understand why I’m so busy!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was so much fun. About 45 adults and children came. My husband and I hosted a brunch at our new Indiana home. Most of our family hadn’t seen our house so it was fun to show them around. Our kids all helped get the brunch put together and we kept things simple.

Thanksgiving dinner was at our niece’s house. She lives about 20 minutes away from us. There was lots of food since everyone who comes contributes something. I cooked two 14 pound turkeys instead of one large turkey since smaller turkeys are so much easier to cook. We had lots of activities for the kids. Lots of the family arrived on Tuesday so on Wednesday kids and parents went to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. We had homemade soups at the hotel one night so all the kids who wanted to could swim. There was a treasure hunt and hiking in a park. It’s so great to see cousins playing with and getting to know each other. Such a fun time for everyone!

Christmas decorations

We put up our Christmas tree and decorated our house on Thanksgiving weekend. I plan to make cookies later today and during the week. We’re working on Christmas cards. Thanksgiving, the time before Christmas and Christmas are just about my favorite times of the year.

A new kitten

We got another ragdoll kitten this week. We’ve had him less than a week and he and my two year old ragdoll cat are getting along great! As I type this they’re sleeping together on my lap. We’ve named the new kitten Blaze since he has a blaze running up the middle of his face. He’s a mitted (meaning his front paws are white) seal point with a blaze. Olaf, my two year old cat, is a mitted blue point cat. I’m so relieved they’re getting along so well.

Blog

I’m hoping to read some blogs this week and leave a few comments. However, I am going to be very busy so realistically I’ll just have to see how it works out.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • November & December books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean
Books read
  • Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper
  • Infernal Enchantment by Helen Harper
  • Alpha by Audrey Faye
  • Midnight Smoke by Helen Harper
New books

What’re you doing?

Sunday Post: Thanksgiving preparations continue

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

Cold and rainy here today. However, I don’t mind a rainy day every so often. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny. I like that the weather here is often different from day-to-day.

Sunday cooking with my daughter

My daughter and I cooked together last Sunday afternoon. I wanted to try two desserts to decide if I would make one or both for Thanksgiving dinner. Both had cranberries in them and I liked both of them–Nantucket Cranberry Cake and Rich Harvest Fruit Pie. These recipes came from the King Arthur Baking Company website–my favorite site for baking recipes as well as shopping for baking accessories!

Ultimately I’ve decided that most of the family don’t like cranberries as much as I do plus I’m making quite a few other things for Thanksgiving. I may make one of these desserts for our family Christmas.

My daughter wanted to make corn chowder and ham and cheese muffins that she remembered me making when she was a teenager. When she was in high school she took a thermos of the chowder and muffins with her on cold fall days and evenings when her marching band practiced.

We had lots of fun making our food and helping each other. My husband and I and our daughter had dinner together when we finished cooking and baking and then we sent her home with part of the food! Everything was very good!

Thanksgiving prep II

I worked on more prep for Thanksgiving this last week–mostly cleaning, putting things away and cooking. Our son is flying in on Tuesday evening with his dog (a mini dachshund) so we’ve made sure to get the guest bedroom ready.

I still have my wild rice pilaf to make and I have to cook the two turkeys. I’ll be doing the two turkeys Thursday morning while the relatives are at our house for brunch. However, our family is quite relaxed and I’ll have a lot of help with the turkeys!

Blog

A busy week again with Thanksgiving plans moving forward so I didn’t get too much done blog-wise. I did visit a few blogs last week and plan to try and visit others this week.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper
  • The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
Books read
  • Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima
  • The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Spirit Sickness by Kirk Mitchell
  • A Christmas Howl by Laurien Berenson
New books

What are you doing this next week?

Sunday Post: Snow showers today

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

We have some snow showers mixed at times with rain showers this Sunday morning. There shouldn’t be any snow accumulation, but it’s cold out! However, by midweek we should have temps in the 50’s during the day.

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving is on November 25 this year in the U.S. and it’s a favorite time in our family. We didn’t get together with our whole family last year so those of us getting together this year are looking forward to seeing each other. Our niece and her family are hosting Thanksgiving and they live only about 20 minutes from us. It’s so nice not to have to travel far on Thanksgiving. However, we do have family flying in from Seattle and southern California and others driving from Illinois, Iowa, northern Wisconsin and Canada so it’s quite a trip for lots of the family. We expect to have about 45 adults and children attend this year. I’m so happy that our kids will all be here.

We’ve invited the family for brunch at our new house on Thanksgiving morning. It’s a chance for the out-of-town family to see the new house. My husband and I are working to make sure our house is tidy. We have boxes we still needed to unpack so having people come to our house has spurred us on.

I’m also cooking two smaller turkeys (around 13 pounds each) as well as making turkey gravy, a wild rice pilaf and cranberry chutney. Several of those things can be made ahead and frozen so that’s what I’m trying to get done so I can enjoy the day and catch-up with family members.

Scarecrow

We’ve put a scarecrow up near our front door. We also have a ring doorbell that lets us know when someone comes to the door. Since we put the scarecrow up we have gotten a number of “false” alarms from the ring doorbell–especially when the wind is blowing and the scarecrow swings this way and that!

Olaf

Olaf loves to hide in paper bags and then jump out to surprise us. We moved a bookcase near one of his towers and he discovered he could jump up to the top of the bookcase to hang out!

Blog

It’s been two weeks since I posted anything. November and December are busy months for me so my blogging is suffering. I have read and listened to some good books though. That relaxes me when I’m feeling stressed! I found some Christmas books to get from the library so I hope I find time to read those.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima
  • The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Books read
  • Cry Dance by Kirk Mitchell
  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Quartet Murders by J.R. Ellis
  • Drift by L.T. Ryan & Brian Shea
  • The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon
New books

What have you been doing and what are you planning for next week?

Sunday Post: Happy Halloween!

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

We had quite a bit of rain this week, but two of the days were bright and sunny so we took a trip to southern Indiana to see the autumn leaves in Brown County.

Brown County, Indiana

Southern Indiana has more hills than the area of Indiana we live in. And it has lots of trees that turn beautiful colors in the fall. It’s one of the best areas in Indiana to enjoy a lovely fall day since there are panoramas and quaint little towns that tourists love to visit. I don’t think the autumn colors had reached their peak, but we enjoyed our time anyway.

We drove to Brown County during the week hoping it would be less crowded since I’d read that on weekends it gets lots of visitors. For the most part, we didn’t see many crowds except when we visited Nashville, Indiana–the county seat of Brown County–to have lunch. There was lots of traffic and lots of other people we recognized as fellow retirees! They also had taken advantage of the nice weather and the middle of the week. Oh, well. We had to walk a bit after we found parking to find a place to eat so I took a few pictures in the town. However, after we ate we didn’t stay around to shop. We drove on narrow roads, saw very few other people on them and enjoyed the vistas and the colors. All in all, worth the trip since I love Autumn.

Central Indiana autumn color

More color is showing on the leaves in my part of Indiana and I’m loving that.

Blog

Not much done on my blog last week. I’m needing to get busy on Thanksgiving plans since I’m going to have family members here for breakfast Thanksgiving morning. I want to get a few more things put away, moved around and cleaned up before we show everyone our new house. I unpacked more boxes of books last week and rearranged books I’d already put on bookshelves. I also have books to take to the library to donate.

I did listen to a podcast–Indie Book Talk–where the two people talk about independent book publishing. I really enjoy reading books by authors who publish the books themselves or use a small independent book publisher. I’ve found some really good books and authors that way. In this podcast they talk mostly about the publishing process for independent authors, but they do occasionally talk about books they read and I found some new authors to try. I think indie book authors would discover lots of good information.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • November 2021 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Quartet Murders by J.R. Ellis
  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
Books read
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis
  • A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
New books

None!

Sunday Post: To Michigan and back

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

We’ve had lots of fall weather this last week! Cool temperatures and some rain at times.

Only one of my daughters was able to go to Michigan this week. We were sorry Kate (my older daughter) couldn’t get away from work, but Karen (my younger daughter) and I had a great time together. And Kate has come to visit us for a long weekend. She has to go home Monday or Tuesday.

Michigan

Karen and I left Wednesday morning for southwestern Michigan. The drive took about three hours since we made a few stops along the way. We couldn’t check into our airbnb until later in the afternoon so it was great to take our time and enjoy the drive.

We took one of Karen’s dogs, Bailey with us. Her yellow lab Juneau doesn’t always get along with other dogs. (She was bitten by another dog a few years ago when she was in doggy day care so she’s afraid.) Bailey had a wonderful time being the only dog for a change and Juneau was spoiled by my husband!

I hadn’t been to this part of Lake Michigan before. And it’s beautiful. Lots of cute towns, beaches and autumn foliage. I’m sure it’s very crowded in the summer since those cute little towns have some nice restaurants, gift stores, beaches and views. We found a couple of bookstores and bought some books plus we found places we could take Bailey. One brewery allowed dogs because they didn’t serve food so that was nice. Bailey loved it since everyone wanted to pet her.

The above slideshow shows some of our sights during the weekend. We had some wind and rain, but that made the waves on Lake Michigan fun to watch. It didn’t rain constantly so we got out for walks with Bailey who didn’t mind getting wet at all! We got home Friday afternoon. We had a great time and plan to visit again.

Weekend cooking

On Saturday Kate made a birthday crepe cake for her sister’s birthday since she hadn’t been here to celebrate earlier in the month. It was so fun to watch her put together the cake. While the cake was chilling we played cards. The cake tasted so good. It was a fun day.

Blog

I managed to visit a few book blogs and made a few comments before we left for Michigan on Wednesday morning. It’s always nice to see what people are doing and what they’re reading.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis
  • The Good Son by Dustin Stevens
Books read
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens
New books

What did you do last week? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: Mid October

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

Finally, some true Autumn weather! The temperature this morning was a little below 40 degrees! Coldest temps since mid May.

My daughter took her dogs for a walk this week to enjoy the Autumn weather.

Short trip to Michigan

This next week my daughters and I are taking a short trip to southern Michigan along Lake Michigan for an Autumn break. I think it will be so much fun. We’re staying on a small farm in an airbnb. There will be chances to go on walks and spend time learning more about the area.

My cardmaking

I’ve been working on cards for family and friends. So much fun to make cards again. I still have some organizing to get done in my craft room, but when I want to make cards I can do so. I’m hoping to make fall and Halloween cards this next week and also get started on Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. I always mean to make Christmas cards throughout the year, but it doesn’t usually happen!

Partial picture of Olaf this week

That’s Olaf almost totally underneath a recliner! (He weighs 15 pounds, but he was squeezing himself under.) I thought he was after one of his toys, but when I moved the chair a big spider ran out with Olaf in pursuit.

Blog

I forgot to post my Can’t Wait Wednesday last week even though it was ready. I’ve decided to schedule as many of my posts as I can so I don’t keep forget about them.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens
Books read
  • Crash Land on Kurai by S.J. Pajonas
  • Dark Enough to See by Katherine Pathak
New books

What did you do last week?