Sunday Post: Unpacking boxes & rearranging furniture

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 moved into our new house and it’s beautiful. We’ve unpacked a lot of boxes, rearranged furniture numerous times and mostly have things put away in the kitchen so it’s all coming together. Next week I’ll try to have some pictures.

However, our daughter who lives in the area is on vacation for three weeks so we’re taking care of her dogs. We don’t have a fenced yard at our new house so we’re traveling back and forth between her house and our house each day. We’re looking forward to moving in completely by mid June.

Blog Life

I’ve been absent from my blog since we moved in to our new house. I’m hoping next week I’ll have time and energy to spend working some on my blog and visiting other blogs.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Where the Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon
Books read
  • The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
  • High Stakes by Dick Francis
  • Conscript by Pamela Stewart
New books

What have you been doing during May? What are your plans for June?

Sunday Post: Monday = Move-in Day

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 move into our new house tomorrow afternoon! First, of course, we have to sign all sorts of paperwork.

We had a little rain while we were packing our moving van, but it wasn’t too bad. Rain is forecast for Monday in Indiana, too, so we’ll see how that goes. At least it’s a little warmer this weekend and feels more like spring.

We packed our moving van on Friday and Saturday morning. Drove to Illinois yesterday and we drive the rest of the way today (only about two hours). The van is stuffed full! One of our daughters and one of our nephews helped us load the moving van and that made all the difference to getting it done. Both our daughters will help us unpack the van.

Blog Life

I will continue to be busy since we’ll be unpacking boxes and figuring out where it’s all going to go. Plus starting next week we’re taking care of our daughter’s dogs while she goes on vacation. So not too much commenting or visiting other blogs.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
Books read
  • One Lost Soul by J.M. Dalgliesh
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
  • Decider by Dick Francis
  • Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
New books

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: Oh my, it’s already May

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’re having typical spring weather–sometimes in the 70’s or even low 80’s, but sometimes rain and wind and thunderstorms. The warm weather does mean that trees are in bloom and plants are growing and flowers blooming.

A busy month

May is a very busy, exciting month for us since we move into our new house, but we also have house inspections to complete, changes of address, utilities to start as well as utilities to stop, papers to sign, the moving van to pack, then drive the van and cars about 470 miles from Iowa to Indiana, unpack van then start unpacking boxes. Plus the new owners sign the paperwork to complete the sale of our Iowa house about a week after we move into our new house. I have a spreadsheet to try to keep everything straight!

New house

We only have two weeks until we close on our new house and move in. From photos I got yesterday I can see the kitchen with countertops, floor and all the appliances! So exciting! I remember thinking May would never come and now it’s coming and there’s so much to do.

Blog Life

I may not get too many posts done in May. And I probably won’t get to visit too many other blogs. I have a few posts done for May and will try to get a few more scheduled in the next few days.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • One Lost Soul by J.M. Dalgliesh
Books read
  • The Prince of Secrets by A.J. Lancaster
  • A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber
New books

What are you doing during May?

Sunday Post: A quiet week

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 quiet week here in Illinois with my daughter. Papers to sign, of course, for our house in Iowa. My husband is still in Iowa and is busy moving boxes and furniture to our garage, selling stuff like the riding lawn mower which we needed for our large yard (but won’t need for a small yard in Indiana), donating stuff to charity stores and throwing things away.

Birthdays = birthday cards

I brought card making supplies to my daughter’s and I’ve worked on cards the last few weeks. Lots of birthdays so lots of birthday cards!

A trip to Indiana

Next weekend my daughter and I are heading to Indiana to see my younger daughter, take a look at our new house and visit with other family members. It will be great to see them for the first time in over a year.

Blog Life

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Prince of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster
Books read
  • Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall
  • Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green
New books

What have you been reading? What are you planning to do next week?

Sunday Post: We’ve sold our house!

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

One of my favorite rooms in our Iowa house–faces south with lots of sun in the winter

We put our house in Iowa up for sale on Friday. I think it looked great. Our realtor got great pictures of the house for potential buyers to see. We ended up with eight appointments on Friday and received five offers on the house. Several were for more than the asking price. I was amazed we had so much activity the first day. We chose the offer we thought was best and our house is now under contract! Wow! Friday was a busy day.

Cooking with my daughter

My daughter and I cooked together this week. We made macaroni and cheese which is a recipe from my childhood and that I made while the kids were growing up. It’s one of those recipes I make without a written recipe though I have written it down for my kids to give them the framework. I had my daughter make the macaroni and cheese and just gave advice when she asked. Her mac and cheese came out great. I’ve put my own spin on my mac and cheese through the years. It’s different from what my Mom made and I expect my kids will put their own spin on it, too. So fun to see her excited to make macaroni and cheese!

My daughter also showed me one of her favorite recipes this week. It’s a slow cooker recipe for butter chicken. She found the original recipe online, but has changed it quite a bit to suit her tastes. It’s easy and yummy!

Blog Life

I visited a few blogs this week and read a little. However, I find myself easily distracted by everything happening right now in my personal life!

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman
Books read
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
  • How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper
New books

What have you been reading? What are you planning to do next week?

Sunday Post: It’s already April

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

I didn’t get much done last week.

We had to have our cat Elf put to sleep during the week. It was such a hard decision, but she wasn’t getting any better. In fact, she was losing weight each time she was weighed and had stopped eating.

The above pictures show Elf (calico cat) and Scorch (part Snowshoe cat). They came into our household together though they weren’t litter mates. Scorch got a lot more dark patches of fur as she got older. Scorch died in 2019 when she was 10 years old. Elf was 12 when she died this week. They were both such wonderful sweet cats and both died too soon.

Blog Life

Though I’m late getting this Sunday Post done I’m getting caught up a little on my blog comments and visiting other blogs.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
Books read
  • None
New books

I hope you all have a great week.

Sunday Post: Moving along

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 are in the final stretch for getting our house on the market on April 2. Our two cats and I are in Illinois with my older daughter so my husband is in charge of getting the yard and house ready. It sounds like he’s doing a great job getting the final details done. My cat is still sick. Apparently it takes a lot of time for the pancreas to heal. We’re still not sure she will get better. I think the next week will tell us more.

New house

The first picture is taken from what will be our driveway. So this is the view we’ll have from the front of our house. I love sunsets! And we’ll have sunrises to see out the back of the house.

The second picture is the front of our house. We finally have a firm move-in date of mid-May. The builders are moving ahead quickly.

Blog Life

Not much on my blog the last couple of weeks. With getting together what I need for the next couple of months, nursing my sick cat, moving to my daughter’s for about six weeks it’s been hectic. At least I’m fully vaccinated now. And I hope I’ll have time to visit more blog friends.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
Books I read
  • The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
  • The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith
  • The Monster Mash by Angie Fox
  • Upon Reflection by Sting
New books

The book links are to Goodreads.

I hope you’re all staying safe. What have you been doing?

Sunday Post: Daylight savings time is here

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

Daylight savings time is here (at least in the United States). I wish we would decide to just keep daylight savings time throughout the year.

This has been a hard, stressful week with lots going on. At least lots for us since the pandemic started. Our cat Elf is very sick and we’ve taken her to the vet several times. We’ve thought she was getting better several times and then she would pretty much stop eating again. We took her back in again yesterday and we’ve gotten a bunch of medications for her. She has pancreatitis which I guess is rare in a cat. We’ve got another appointment Monday morning. She’s such a sweet cat and only about 12 years old.

My husband received his second covid vaccine a few days ago and my second vaccine is scheduled for next week. We are both happy to almost have the vaccines done for now and have some protection from covid 19.

I finished clearing my craft room last week. We kept a desk in the room and moved an easy chair in plus a day bed. We’re moving furniture around to see where it looks best in our house and will have our realtor come by soon to take a look at the house.

Blog Life

Another week with only a few other blogs visited. I’m able to get posts done each week plus some reading, but that’s about all.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
  • The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith
Books I read last week
  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
  • Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi
Books I got last week

Nothing!

I hope you’re all staying safe. What are you doing next week? What did you do last week?

Sunday Post: Very little snow left

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 temperatures in the 60’s and we’re seeing more and more grass instead of snow in our yard. I can even see my flower beds that have spring bulbs starting to come up.

I got my first vaccine in February and should get the second one in a couple of weeks. I’m so happy I’m getting vaccinated.

Craft room

I’m still working to clear out my craft room. I’m trying to separate the things I would like to use over the next few months before we move and then after we move before my craft room is set up again. That takes more time that if I just shoved things into some boxes! Plus I have way to much stuff. I have thrown some things away and donated some things. When we get moved I plan to do more of that.

RootsTech Connect–free online genealogy conference

At the end of February I attended RootsTech–a virtual conference for genealogy. The hosting organization is FamilySearch International which is operated by the Latter-Day Saints (LDS church) also known as Mormons. A person doesn’t have to be Mormon (I’m not Mormon) to use their website or research records either in person in Salt Lake City, Utah or on the internet.

RootsTech is held every year, but is usually held in person in Salt Lake City. Because of Covid 19 they decided to have a free virtual conference this year. It was really amazing. It was held over three days and there were hundreds of videos available–some only five minutes long and others 40 minutes long. Many of the videos are still available to watch so I’m looking forward to watching more as I have time. Most of the videos I watched were about DNA. I’m wanting to do more with my DNA and DNA matches. I’m really interested in the history aspects of my family so I hope to connect with people who know more about some of the more unknown branches of my family.

Over one million people signed up from all over the world and there were videos in many different languages. One of the most fun aspects of the conference was that you could opt in to connect to others that might be related to you. The connections were made through the huge family tree on the FamilySearch website. According to their statistics over 38,000 of my relatives were signed up for the conference and participating in finding relatives! My closest relative was a second cousin and showed numerous 6th-10th cousins once or twice removed. I only had time to look at a few of these connections, but most of my connections came from my maternal side where I have some ancestors who were Quakers who came to the United States in the 1600’s. I’m fascinated with the family history aspects of genealogy and hope to do more work on my family tree after we move.

Blog Life

I didn’t do much blogging the last couple of weeks and haven’t visited many blogs. My husband is working so hard to get as much of our stuff boxed up, thrown away or donated that I feel I really need to do more than read books or write blog posts.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
Books I read the last couple of weeks
  • Dance Away With Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern
  • Nice Werewolves Don’t Bite Vampires by Molly Harper
  • The Lord of Stariel by AJ Lancaster
Books I got the last two weeks

Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley (ebook, purchased)

Earth Prime by Janet Edwards (ebook, purchased)

The Lord of Stariel by AJ Lancaster (Kindle Unlimited)

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young (ebook, library)

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (ebook, library)

I hope you’re all staying safe. What are you doing next week? What did you do last week? Is spring coming where you live or is already there?!?

Sunday Post: Another batch of cookies

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 starting to warm up here! On Friday the temperatures got to about 25 degrees. By the middle of next week it might be 40 degrees! But first we’re getting more snow this Sunday morning. People to the north of us will get more snow, but where we live we could get 2-6 inches of snow today. Winter hasn’t ended yet!

Vaccine

I’ve been eligible for the vaccine for a while, but haven’t been able to get an appointment. Finally, I’ve got one for Tuesday and the second appointment for the middle of March. It’s a relief to get started though I know many people are still waiting for their vaccine.

Kitchen pack-up

We started sorting, throwing away, decluttering and donating stuff from our kitchen last weekend and continued during the week. We’re trying to just keep things we’ll need to use for the next two or three months. We want to get as much stuff off the counters as we can.

We packed my mixer, so I made one last batch of cookies–Peanut Butter Chocolate Chippers! I’ve made many batches of cookies during the pandemic and sent them to my kids.

Blog Life

I didn’t get to visit many blogs or answer many comments. That might be the norm for the next few weeks as we sort, pack and clean the house.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Dance Away With Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Books I read
  • A Simple Murder by Linda Castillo
  • A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong
Books I got last week