Sunday Post: Spring 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

Yesterday we had our first real spring day–up to 74 degrees! And then last night we had thunderstorms most of the night and woke up to the alert for a Tornado Warning. We got up, but by the time we checked the weather on the TV the storm had moved so fast it was past us. We got quite a bit of rain and it was windy, but we didn’t get the brunt of the storm. I haven’t heard that anyone in our area actually had any damage.

No problems this time, but spring is here with it’s changeable weather (more cold temps next week), thunderstorms (more thunderstorms tonight) and possible tornadoes.

Alaska

Our two daughters are in Alaska so my husband and I are cat and dog sitting! The girls are spending about a week in Anchorage. The Iditarod starts this weekend. This is the 50th running of the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race. The race commemorates the freight route to Nome, Alaska and the way sled dogs contributed to the settling of Alaska. For example, sled dogs were used in 1925 to deliver serum to Nome when a diphtheria outbreak threatened Nome and the surrounding area. The dog teams that delivered the serum and saved the area from an epidemic were hailed as heroes. (Sorry about all the history and lore here. I’ve always loved stories about sled dogs starting when I was a preteen and read Jack London’s The Call of the Wild–though I cried and cried as I read it. After that I read other happier stories about sled dogs!)

My daughters are loving their time in the Anchorage area. They’ve met up with relatives who live in Alaska and they’ve seen some of the wildlife, had great meals, done a little shopping and seen the start of the race.

My hand is healing

I’m still wearing a splint and my hand hurts at times–especially where the pins poke out of my hand or I’ve used my hand too much. My doctor says I should get the pins removed in about a week. I opted to have the pins removed in the doctor’s office rather than in the operating room where I would have to have anesthesia and spend hours at the hospital. I have to admit I’m a little anxious about the pin removal. The doctor says it will hurt, but I figure three pins shouldn’t take more than a minute or two to remove so it should get done fast (I hope)!

Blog

I haven’t done very much on my blog. I’ve been tired lately so I take naps almost every day. Some days I don’t even open up my computer which is kind of amazing to me.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • March 2022 books I plan to read
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell
Books read
  • Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide (to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons) by Quenby Olson
  • The Only Survivor by Katherine Pathak
New books

What are you doing these days? Are you getting spring weather coming where you live?

Places books have made me want to visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week.

This week we are talking about the ten places books have made me want to visit–fictional or real! This is a very fun Top Ten Tuesday since the setting of some books make them very special. (These places are a mix of real and fictional and they’re in no particular order.)

 

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1. The Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, specifically the town of Millers Kill from the Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne series by Julia Spencer-Fleming–I really like this series and I’ve never been to this part of New York State. I like that the fictional town is called Millers Kill. (As well as the obvious definition a Kill is also a channel or creek and is used mostly in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It comes from a Dutch word.)

2. The Scotland coast north of Aberdeen found in The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley–Slains Castle which is in the book is located here.

3. Middle Earth found in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien–I read The Hobbit many years ago and loved it. I’d also love to visit New Zealand to see Middle Earth created there!

4. Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series–When I was a teenager I thought it would be so much fun to go to a boarding school! I probably would have hated it, but Hogwarts is another matter–totally cool!

5. The desert planet Arrakis from Dune by Frank Herbert–I love this book. I’ve read it several times–once out loud to my husband as we made a long road trip. The desert planet fascinated me.

6. Tony Hillerman’s Southwest from the Jim Chee and Lt. Leaphorn mystery series–These are favorite books of mine. I’ve been to the Southwest U.S., but not to the Navaho Reservation.

7. Portugal from The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney–This is a fantasy series, but uses real buildings and areas in Portugal. It makes me want to visit!

8. Oz from the Oz books by L. Frank Baum–I read many of these books to my son when he was young and we loved them!

9. Yorkshire from All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot–I read this book a long time ago and loved it. However, I have to be honest I that the images in my mind are mostly from the British TV show which I also loved. My parents had videotapes of the shows which they watched over and over!

10. Denali National Park, Alaska from A Fatal Thaw by Dana Stabenow–These mysteries about Aleut Private Investigator Kate Shugak are favorites of mine (especially the earlier books).

What about you? What places have books made you want to visit?