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?

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: A breath of fresh air

A chance to connect with others–talking about books and 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 took a short break from my blog after the election. I’ve been stressed by the election, by the rise of Covid cases throughout the U.S. and by the current President and most of the Republican party’s refusal to admit Joe Biden won. I don’t want to argue about the election. I realize many people voted for Mr. Trump and Republicans did well in Congress. But more people voted for Mr. Biden. All those votes for both individuals mean something and I just want our country to get on with the important business of running the country.

Autumn

It feels like fall outside. Lots of wind, the leaves have fallen, cool temperatures and a little rain sometimes. But we’ve also had some beautiful bright blue skies and cold temperatures! I think Autumn is a time of anticipation and change and is one of my favorite times of the year.

However, this year it is also a time of uncertainty. Covid cases are spiking in many places of the world with the U.S. leading the way. Several of my younger relatives have had Covid recently. They all seem to be doing okay. Two of them are doctors and they are back at work.

Please wear masks! Keep yourself and others safe!
The election

I’m so glad the election is over. I am glad we will have a breath of fresh air in January when Biden becomes President. (Not that Biden or any person is perfect, but I hope he does well.) We need that right now with the pandemic surging and Trump doing little to try to stem the rise.

A breath of fresh air–out of the house for a drive in the country

On one of our bright blue sky days we took a drive into the surrounding area. This time it was to Madison County where the book The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller took place. It was a perfect afternoon to drive through rural Iowa and drive on some gravel roads. We found a couple of the famous covered bridges in the county. The Cedar Covered Bridge–the one shown on the cover of the book–was almost destroyed by arson a few years ago, but was rebuilt and reopened in 2019.

The second bridge we saw was moved from the North River in 1970 and is now in the City Park in Winterset, Iowa which is the county seat of Madison County. The City Park is large and has a one-way road that wanders through trees and continues to the top of a ridge where Clark Tower sits.

One of Winterset’s other claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of John Wayne. There’s a museum with a statue of John Wayne in front of it. Nearby is a large painted rock called Freedom Rock between the museum and John Wayne’s family home. Freedom Rocks are being painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II in each of the 99 counties in Iowa. (He only has four rocks left to paint!) Sorensen wants to promote Iowa tourism, honor Iowa veterans and to provide for his family. Each rock is unique and designed to tell a story of the county. One side of the rock in Winterset shows various film roles of John Wayne.

Blog Life

Little done on the blog for the last two weeks.

Posted last week
Post for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

I’ve read and am reading some very good books so that makes me happy!

What I’m reading
  • Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie
  • The Concrete Jungle by Charles Stross
What I read
  • Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan
  • Hard Time by Jodi Taylor
  • No Simple Death by Valerie Keogh
  • The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
Books I got

What are you up to next week?

Sunday Post: The U.S. election is finally here

weekly meme to talk about books and 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

Please wear masks! Stay safe & keep others safe!

We had a tiny bit of snow last Sunday, but now we’re getting warmer weather for the next week so we can get our driveway repair finished.

Election & Voting

As I’m sure even people living outside the U.S. know our election is finally almost here. I’m so glad of that, but I’m also afraid we won’t know anything for sure on Tuesday night or maybe not even by next week. And maybe longer.

I hope everyone in the U.S. has already voted or will vote on Monday or Tuesday. I mailed my ballot a couple weeks ago and received confirmation that my county election office has it and that it will be counted. We have signs in our yard urging people to vote. We’ve even donated some money to candidates. I know I have done about all that I can, but I still worry.

I had a stressful week. I know it does no good to worry about something that hasn’t happened yet so I try to tell myself to feel zen. That doesn’t always work. But I’m trying.

Furniture

We got most of the furniture we’re going to try to sell or donate put into our garage so that it’s easy for people to (hopefully) see and haul away.

Does anyone have internet sites they’ve used to sell furniture locally that have worked for them?

Blog Life

It was hard to do much on my blog this week other than publish my posts.

Posted last week
Post for next week
  • November books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

I have found so many good digital books that my library has and I’ve put them on hold and then two or three of them come in at once so that’s kept me busy reading library books. Four of the five books I’m reading or have read in the last couple of weeks are from my library.

What I’m reading
  • Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie
  • Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan
What I read
  • The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
  • Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Books I got

What have you been up to?

Sunday Post: Maybe snow today

weekly meme to talk about books and 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 mailed our absentee ballots last week. I hope everyone in the U.S. has voted or has plans to vote on or before November 3.

Our first hard freeze came last week. But our third snow of the season is forecast for later today and tomorrow. Last week there was a small amount of snow on Sunday and a little more snow on Monday. Only 10 miles north of where we live there was nine inches of snow! Of course, my husband and I weren’t here for the first two snow events so we have to be content with the third!

Good to be home and back to a routine

We drove home a few days ago and I was happy to see that our Autumn Gold Helianthus is still blooming even through the snows and cold weather. Elf and Olaf are happy to get home and happy to be rid of our old pink carpet. It’s good to get back into some routines–up early and read, a little computer time and then on with the day.

It was great to see my daughters and I am so appreciative of the help they gave us especially with our cats when our new carpet was put in. So far we’ve done a lot of errands–picking up and going through our mail, mailing our absentee ballots and seeing that they’ve arrived at our county election office, mailing birthday cards, taking books to the library, grocery shopping.

Next week we start more sorting!

Furniture

I found a furniture consignment shop and they suggested sending photos of furniture we wanted to consign. Shortly after sending the photos they sent a text saying they weren’t interested in any of our furniture…lol. I thought that at least our wood dining room table would interest them, but maybe they don’t want wood or maybe our furniture isn’t as nice as I thought! Perhaps we can donate some of the furniture to the Habitat for Humanity Restore. That will be a project to check on next week.

Blog Life

I’m working on writing blog posts and scheduling them ahead of time. I’d like to stay at least a month ahead if I can. That way as I get busy with holiday activities in the next couple of months I can add more end-of-year posts. Also I have a list of books I’d like to read before the end of the year including library books that have to be returned after three weeks even if I haven’t read them. Plus I’m hopeful I will get caught up on visiting other blogs!

Posted last week
Post for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
  • Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall (I haven’t listened to this as much as I’ve wanted since I keep getting library audiobooks I need to listen to!)
What I read
  • The Bond by Robin Kirk
  • Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
Books I got

What have you got planned for next week? What did you do last week?

Please stay safe. . . Wear masks when necessary. . . Plan to VOTE!

Sunday Post: Back home next week

weekly meme to talk about books and 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

First frost this week and cool and blustery after that.

Indiana

We spent the last week in Indiana. We stayed with our daughter and when she had to go out-of-town we’re watching her dogs for her. My husband spent several days getting leaves off her yard. Most of the leaves have fallen from the two trees I showed last week. Amazing the difference a week can make!

We also celebrated our daughter’s birthday. I made a birthday cake and we had a firepit fire. It was a cool night–so perfect for a fire.

My daughter’s hot water tank started leaking this week. We were glad we were here for a plumber to come and replace the hot water tank. An electrician is also coming to do some work for her while we’re here.

Back home

We’re headed back home in a few days. It will be great for the cats and us to get home again! The new carpet is installed and the driveway work is done so we need to talk to our realtor about what more we still should do to get our house ready to sell and when to put it up for sale.

New kindle

I’ve had a few problems with my Kindle and my cover had started falling apart so it seemed like a great time for a new Kindle. During the Prime Days that Amazon held last week I saw a great deal on a new Kindle. Serendipity!

And I’m loving my new Kindle cover!

Blog Life

It was a busy week so I didn’t get as much done on my blog as planned. No Connect 5 Friday post. And not as much blog visiting as I had planned. I’m planning to work on posts, comments and blog visits the early part of the week before we leave for home. I know it will get busy after we get home. I also want to get a few weeks ahead with posts. We’ll see how that goes!

I got some good books this week so I’m eager to read faster!

Posted last week
Post for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
  • The Bond by Robin Kirk
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall (I haven’t been listening to this as much as I’ve wanted to since I keep getting library audiobooks I need to listen to!)
What I read
  • The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
  • Dead Eye by Alyssa Day
Books I got

What have you got planned for next week? What did you do last week?

Please stay safe. Wear masks.