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?

Sunday Post: A busy and fun 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

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.

Birthday Party

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.

Blog

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • Crash Land on Kurai by S.J. Pajonas
Books read
  • Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
  • The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves
New books

What did you do last week?

Sunday Post: October days

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

Weather in the 80’s this week, but rain and cooler weather over this weekend and next week. Even if it rains it’s so nice to get outside when it’s cooler.

When we got out and about this last week we saw lots of harvesting plus tractors taking corn and soybeans to grain silos.

Geronimo

Geronimo, my daughter’s cat died this week. My husband and I took care of him several times for extended periods when our daughter deployed when she was in the Army plus we were there when she picked out her two kittens–Geronimo and Gato. So it felt like we were losing one of our cats, too. She asked us to come over and for me to come to the vet with her. He was 15 years old and he was losing weight so she knew the end was coming for him, but it came faster than she had anticipated.

Geronimo was such a special cat–he was an escape artist and a jumper. He loved to get on top of kitchen cabinets and learned to open downward lever door knobs as well as any door not latched completely. He was so smart and had so much personality. Geronimo and Olaf were good friends and visited each other regularly. He is missed.

Birthday Parties
Deviled Eggs

We celebrated my niece’s birthday on Saturday. We took her out to dinner Saturday night. (The deviled eggs were the first course.)

Next weekend we’re celebrating our younger daughter’s birthday. I’ll make a cake and she’s requested pot roast and mashed potatoes for dinner. I’m still trying to decide upon a birthday gift.

Fire pit

We’ve had a couple of fire pits already this fall. I love an outdoor fire during cooler weather.

Blog

Not much happening on my blog the last couple of weeks. My daughter has visited several weekends so the weekends are busy. And it has been busy during the week, too. I do plan to visit blogs this next week and catch-up with people.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
  • Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
Books read
  • The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s by Seana Kelly
  • Easy Mark by Shannon Baker
  • Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne
New books

What did you do last week?

Sunday Post: Autumn is coming

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 a couple of days of cooler weather this week, but by the weekend it was in the 80’s again with quite a bit of humidity.

However, farmers are starting to harvest their corn and trees are beginning to change color. Next week it looks like we will have a few nights in the 40’s. Yay! I’m ready for the cooler weather and I love Autumn.

Family Reunion Photos

Last week I mentioned our family had a family reunion at a Washington state park called Fort Worden. Our families stayed in houses on Officers Row. (Fort Worden was an Army fort for about 50 years.) As well as bedrooms and bathrooms, the houses have kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms. There are several museums, hiking trails, and sandy beaches. The weather was beautiful and we had such fun with our family–many of whom we hadn’t seen for at least a couple of years.

I still have boxes!

I sorted through more boxes this week. These boxes had books in them as well as paperwork I needed to file. These were things I hadn’t needed so they sat for several months. As I unpacked I sorted the books again and put most of them on my bookshelf. Some I decided I wasn’t going to read so those went in a box to donate to my library.

Still some computer problems

I’m still having some problems with the space bar on my computer, but have trained my thumb to hit the correct spot on the space bar most of the time!

Blog

I wasn’t keeping track of the days this week so I missed posting my Can’t Wait Wednesday!

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s by Seana Kelly
Books read
  • Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman
  • Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold
New books

None this week!

What did you do last week?

Sunday Post: Home again

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 back from the West Coast. We went to a family reunion that was originally scheduled for Memorial Day 2020, but then cancelled because of Covid. My sister-in-law rescheduled it for Labor Day 2021. We stayed on the Olympic Peninsula near Port Townsend at a Washington State Park called Fort Worden. It was an Army fort built around 1900 and decommissioned in the 1950’s. Many of the buildings are still there and the ones used for officers and enlisted are rented out by the park service. The buildings have to be rented early since they fill up fast. Each of our families stayed in one of the houses. It was wonderful seeing people we hadn’t seen since before Covid started.

We had a wonderful time. I didn’t bring my computer since a lot of the time we couldn’t even make cell phone calls. Instead we spent a lot of time outside taking walks and photographs, sitting in the sun (the weather was mostly sunny and in the 60’s–40’s and 50’s at night–which I loved). We talked and laughed a lot. I read some, we played games, ate on the beach one night and had potlucks. Everyone was vaccinated though we were required to wear masks at times. The three hour time difference between Washington State and Indiana has me trying to get used to the Eastern time Zone. I’ve been very tired since we returned.

Computer problems

On Friday my computer’s space bar stopped working some of the time. If I hit it in just the right place it works, but at least 20% of the time I miss the spot. When I first discovered the problem it was around 90% of the time I missed that spot. It’s taken awhile to type this and to correct the errors. Thus, I am late with my Sunday Post.

I’m also having some problems with the program I use to make my photos a smaller size so the blog loads faster. Thus, no pictures today since I’m already so late.

Blog

I’ve decided to reread the Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. I haven’t read all of them, but it was quite a while ago when I was reading them and I can’t remember where I left off. When I read the first one–Shards of Honor–I remembered it as a science fiction romance, but there really isn’t a lot of romance in it! A little romance and a lot more world building, character building, military, politics, war crimes. I really enjoyed it a second time since I certainly didn’t remember many details!

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman
  • Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold
Books read
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor
  • Hestia 2781 by Janet Edwards
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Forging Fire by Lisa Preston
New books

What have you been doing? What good books have you read lately?

Sunday Post: A trip to Illinois

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

Olaf sleeping on my lap this morning

I’ll be gone most of today since we’re going to visit our daughter in Illinois. I probably won’t get a chance to visit any blogs until tomorrow. We’re taking Olaf with us because we’re going to be gone over Labor Day weekend as is our daughter. She has gotten a pet sitter for her cat which Olaf will share! I haven’t found a pet sitter here yet.

Our new house is part of a group of houses built in the last few years from farm fields. There are still farms and fields around us, but more and more houses are being built. However, the above farm is one that is only moments away from our house. I love the red barn in that photo. And behind our house are several small properties that keep chickens and even a donkey! It makes me sad that most of the fields will be gone in the next few years so that houses can be built. This town is growing like crazy!

My orchids are loving all the light we have in our new house. I’ve had two of them rebloom already. I need to repot a couple of others. I love all the windows and light we have and am looking forward to the change of season when the light will be different in the house. I love every season and the changes that come every season.

My husband and I are getting out and about, but we stay outside as much as possible. We went to one of our favorite coffee and breakfast places. One of the things I love–besides the coffee and food–is the wrap-around deck where we can sit outside and enjoy the outdoors. On the day that we stopped by it rained, but a portion of the deck is under a roof so that even though it poured down rain we stayed dry! We have even gone to our niece’s kids’ soccer games which brings back memories of when our kids were playing soccer.

Blog

I enjoyed visiting blogs and catching up last week on what everyone has been doing during the summer. As I mentioned we’re going to be gone some next week. I won’t visit many blogs or comment, but I am getting a couple of posts scheduled. The one I won’t get done is next Sunday’s Sunday Post.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor
Books read last week
  • Dead Blow by Lisa Preston
  • Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing
  • Smokescreen by Dick Francis
New books

What did you do last week and what do you plan to do this week?

Sunday Post: Almost the end of summer

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 hard to believe summer is almost over. Especially since the weather is so hot right now and will be even hotter next week with several days in the 90’s (and heat index in the low 100’s). Schools have already begun here which is hard for me to believe since I didn’t go back to school when I was a child until the first part of September.

I’m doing a Sunday Post for the first time since we moved into our house in mid-May. We’ve been busy, but sometimes especially in the first month after our move I kept losing track of what day of the week it was and would discover I’d missed another post–even when I had posts complete.

Things are better now though we’re still unpacking a few boxes and looking for things that we still haven’t found. This week I needed to look for clothes a little dressier than what I’ve been wearing all summer. I finally put together something I can wear though I didn’t find the clothes I was looking for. Maybe I donated them before we moved since I got rid of some of my clothes!

We are loving our new house. We’ve gotten pictures on the walls, decided where the furniture is going to be put and got rid of more stuff that didn’t quite find a home in our new house. We can get one of our cars in our two car garage! Our cat Olaf settled in after a day or two of hiding. He loves running on our carpetless floors and then sliding on them–sometimes into a wall! That doesn’t stop him. He also loves hiding in boxes or an empty laundry basket and then jumping out to surprise us!

We’ve done some traveling and have more planned plus we’re doing things with our family that lives in the area. We’re trying to do things outside though with the high temperatures at the moment that’s harder to do. The local weather forecast mentions how long it takes to get sunburned if you’re in the sun and it’s been only 20 minutes. So we’ll probably stay home more until it’s a little cooler.

Blog

I’ve been absent from my blog since we moved in to our new house. I’m hoping to write more regularly, though as I mentioned above we’re going to be gone several times in the near future so I may miss more Sunday Posts. I will try to get some other posts scheduled. I plan to visit blogs today and I hope to catch up on some of the blogs I follow.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Dead Blow by Lisa Preston
  • Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing
Books read recently
  • Boiled Over by Barbara Ross
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
  • Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  • Between Decisions by W.R. Gingell
  • Aoife’s Chariot by Katherine Pathak
  • Moving is Murder by Sara Rosett
  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
New books

What have you been up to all summer?

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?