Sunday Post: A musical, a deer and more snow

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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 warmed up some this week. The temperatures stayed around freezing all week, but we still got a little more snow each day and since it was overcast little or no melting. Some of the side roads are still packed snow and ice. Some parking lots are slushy snow. Of course there are mounds of snow everywhere, too. For the most part I haven’t had any problems getting around town though I didn’t go out all that much. (I did almost get stuck in A Starbucks drive through since it was solid, bumpy ice!)

Adore Us! Line (a caucus parody of A Chorus Line)

Saturday night my husband and I went to a musical parody showing the Presidential candidates begging for Iowa voters. The opening song, a parody of the song “I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line was great. The whole parody was so well done. I especially loved that the Pete Buttigieg character was played by a very talented 9th grade boy! We stayed afterward for a question-and-answer period with the actors and author of the parody. (The above picture shows the stage during the q-and-a session.)

Elf and Olie

Elf and Olie are getting along better though Olie still chases Elf and tackles her sometimes which leads to swiping of paws, yowling and much indignation. She often acts like a grumpy old lady with a toddler she can’t get rid of.

We did have a scare with Olie one day. We have closed him up in a bathroom at night so he could eat, stay out of mischief and to give Elf a break. That morning he came out of the bathroom limping. As the day went on he began hopping on three legs, sleeping most of the time and putting little weight on his paw. We called our vet and got him in that afternoon. We thought maybe he’d landed wrong when he jumped from the bathroom counter. However, an x-ray of his leg showed no broken bone. (Thank goodness.) However, his leg was swollen so they surmised that in the scuffles with Elf she may have snagged his leg with a claw or her teeth. He got antibiotics, pain killers and other medicine. When we got home he slept for an hour and I guess the pain killers kicked in because he was running after Elf as though nothing was wrong! The next morning he was limping again. However, Olie is fine now and perhaps doesn’t jump on Elf quite as much. Maybe?!?

Cleaning and allergies

Good news? I’m over my cold. Bad news? I’m still having more allergies than I’ve had for the past year or so which is irritating, but usually the runny nose and sinus headache goes away after a couple hours. After I started feeling better I spent a couple hours each day cleaning my craft room so I could finally work on cards again. Since it’s been a month since I’ve done any cardmaking it has taken me a while to get back into the creative zone. Finally on Saturday I was able to make a card so I’m hopeful next week will be a creative one for me.

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
  • A Conspiracey in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
What I read recently
  • Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong
  • Wyrde and Wayward by Charlotte E. English
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Books I got recently

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (ebook, purchased)

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (audiobook/library)

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

Sunday Post: More snow and cold weather

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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 discovered I forgot to schedule this post to publish this morning. Better late than never, I guess!

More snow this week

We had a dusting of snow one or two days last week, but on Friday it snowed all day. We got nearly 6 inches of snow. And then in the evening we got some freezing rain on top of the snow. The freezing rain was really a good thing since it was really windy on Saturday and further north where there was just snow the wind blew the snow and made it very hazardous to drive. Saturday the temperature also dropped during the day. By late afternoon it was 9 degrees F. (-12.7 C.) and with the wind blowing felt like -9 degrees (-22.7 C.)!

Since it was a cold and snowy week I didn’t go out too much. I did quite a bit of reading and listened to audiobooks while I worked on a jigsaw puzzle. It was quite an easy puzzle, but lots of fun since I liked the picture.

Allergies and a cold

I had more allergies this week and then one day when what I thought was allergies lasted more than 24 hours I decided I have a cold! My husband was sick earlier in the week so it’s not surprising I caught his cold. I hope it goes away soon!

Blog Life

With my cold I didn’t feel much like writing or thinking for that matter…lol. So I still didn’t get all the posts finished that I’ve got started. But maybe this next week.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Favorite 2019 books
  • 2020 goals
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong
What I read recently
  • Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
  • Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon
  • Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter
  • On Her Father’s Grave by Kendra Elliott
  • Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch
Books I got recently

Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder (ebook, purchased)

Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews (ebook, purchased)

As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson (ebook, purchased)

Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon (Audible Original January free audio)

Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter(Audible Original January free audio)

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

Sunday Post: Snow and cold weather

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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

Snow

We had our first significant snow–still only about 3 inches. Originally we were forecast to receive 4-8 inches, but the snow we have may stay around for awhile since the forecast for the next week is for days and nights below freezing. One of the above photos shows my husband snow blowing our driveway after dark. We have to clear off our driveway even if we get an inch of snow because otherwise we can’t get up the driveway! Luckily, he likes to get outside and clear the driveway (and he loves his snow blower!) We might get a little more snow today and tonight.

Allergies

I’ve had allergies showing up during the day and sometimes at night. I regularly take allergy pills and my allergies have been better for months, but this last week was awful. I’m hoping next week will be better. Maybe the snow and cold weather will help.

Canvass and Caucus

My husband spent most of the days last week volunteering for one of the Presidential candidates. Since the Iowa caucuses are only about three weeks away canvassing and getting people out to talk about their favorite candidates is vital. I’m still undecided. I have a few candidates I know I won’t caucus for and two or three that I’m still thinking about. I’m excited to caucus though since I’ve never done it before and I think it’s quite a unique way for the Iowa populace to get together and let their voices be heard.

Television

I’ve started watching The Family Farm on Acorn. I’m enjoying it quite a bit. I like reality shows that show groups of people–especially families–trying something totally different from their regular lives. And I especially like this because it does show a way of life that many people have no idea about.

Blog Life

I’m continuing to read good books which is always a joy especially at the beginning of the year.

Since my allergies were bothering me I didn’t do as much on my blog or visiting other blogs as I’d wanted. Luckily, I had a few posts ready! I’m hoping to finish up my year-end and new year blogging this next week. I’m also hoping to work on a few reviews. I have some started so it would be nice to finish them up and post some in the next few weeks.

Last week
Next week
  • My favorite books of 2019
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • My 2019 Reading
  • 2020 goals
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
What I read recently
  • Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima
  • “Snow Day” by Andrea K. Höst
  • The Dark Fear by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong (Library, hardback)

Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard (Library, hardback)

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

Meet Me on a Monday

meet-me-on-a-monday

I’ve decided to start an occasional blog post called “Meet Me on a Monday”. I plan to talk about anything that catches my interest. I think it will have some tie-in to my blog and to books, but my plans are still a little vague! I thing I will use it for discussion posts as well. I feel the need to do some new things on my blog and I hope this will spur me on.

A Sick Dog

Last Monday my daughter called me about 7:00 a.m. and asked if I could take her dog to the vet. She had to go into work for a while, but Bailey had vomited several times and there was blood in the vomit. I got her to the vet and it was not as bad as it could have been, but still they kept her at the veterinary office all day while they x-rayed her, did blood tests and gave her various medications. The diagnosis was hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Apparently, dogs can die from this if it isn’t treated.

I took care of her several days during the week since she needed special food and medications which had to be given at various times during the day–including a pill dissolved in water and then drawn into a syringe and squirted down her throat. Needless to say, Bailey didn’t like that medicine very well! The first time I did it I got her mouth open and squirted it into her mouth…just as she shook her head violently! I had medicine all over the kitchen! She spent most of her time sleeping and I sat beside her most of the time!

She’s doing much better now though she still is taking medicine and eating special food. On Saturday she and Juneau had great fun chasing each other around the yard. Another reason she stayed with me is that she needed to stay quiet during the early part of the week. Juneau stayed home since she’s a very high-energy dog and would have not let Bailey sleep all day.

Allergy Attack Days

I also spent several days fighting my allergies. They’ve been worse the last couple of weeks (even though nothing is growing outside yet). I take allergy medicine every day, but I still have nonstop sneezing, runny nose and itching eyes for most of the day on “Allergy-Attack Days.” It’s very frustrating. I think I need to change my medicine again.

Blog

Anyway I didn’t get anything posted on my blog last week even though I had some things ready to post and nearly ready. There were several days I didn’t even open my computer–and if I did it was later in the day. I’ve decided I need to get more posts written ahead and then actually schedule them. Sometimes I get a post partly written, but then forget to go back and finish it. Then if I discover that the day I need to publish the post it doesn’t get finished especially if it’s already in the afternoon.

Do you ever do that? I looked at my draft posts and I have quite a few that are nearly finished. I need to go back and edit some of them, maybe add a little more content and then schedule them. And I need to delete the ones I don’t want to put on the blog anymore.

Bloggiesta

Spring Bloggiesta starts next week and I think I will join that and plan to get posts written as well as work on my blog and do some of the challenges. I did a Bloggiesta a couple of years ago and it was helpful and fun.

Sunday Post: October 23

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

 home and blog

Birthday and allergies

I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last week. We celebrated our younger daughter’s birthday all weekend. Our older daughter came for the weekend to help celebrate, too. We had a fire in the fire pit in our yard and roasted marshmallows. The next day we had a fun afternoon at a local winery and then a broiled salmon dinner and birthday cake at the end of the evening. We were so busy having fun and that the Sunday Post didn’t get done.

This week I’ve been fighting allergies so not much done several days either at home or on the internet. My eyes are itching like crazy even after several allergy pills. I’ll have to see how this next week goes to see how much I get done on my blog.

The weather is beautiful here especially this weekend with bright blue skies and temps about 70. We took a drive through some of the older neighborhoods in town and the trees and yards are beautiful.

On the road again . . .

My husband is flying to Spokane next week to drive our car back to Iowa. That will take several days, but it will be good to have our car back.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca
  • Casting Bones by Don Bruns
What I read
  • The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
  • Send in the Clowns by Julie Mulhern
  • Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

I got lots of books at the library as well as some NetGalley books and then a few on sale!

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

After Atlas by Emma Newman

A Limited Justice by Catriona King

Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold

Haunted Ground by Erin Hart

Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers

The Towers, The Moon by Andrea K. Host

A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (free audible book until November 2)

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save