Sunday Post: Fall is around the corner

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about our 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 more hot day (in the 90’s) and then we should get some rain and it cools off. In fact, the high temps are supposed to get 40 degrees cooler over the next couple of days.

More house cleaning

We’ve decided to replace our carpet since there’s a good sale going on. I had hoped for hardwood floors, but we’ve decided that costs too much. I loved this house as soon as I saw it four years ago (but didn’t like the pink carpet at all!) It’s only gotten worse since we got here since we’ve had cats and dogs around the house! We have people coming in to measure the rooms next week and in about three weeks we will have neutral colored carpet in the house!

That has made our sorting and cleaning even more urgent since we have to get stuff off our floors. All the books have to get put in boxes so we can move bookcases. That’s just about done now, but we’re moving on to other things–especially my china cabinet. I’ve meant to go through all the glassware in there. Our kids don’t want most of it so it’s time to get rid of some of it and give the stuff our kids want to them. I’ll keep my china for now, but have to pack it away. Then we move the china cabinet off the old carpet and try to sell it.

Blog Life

I wrote and posted four blog posts this week so that’s progress. I started doing a new meme I found. It’s called Connect 5 Friday hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It’s fun because each person can create their own book subjects each week and then find five books or book related subjects that connect them all.

Reading

I didn’t get much reading done this week. I started two books and decided not to continue with them after I was about 30% into them. 😦

I did read Picky Eaters by S.J. Higbee which was great fun. It’s a short story about a dragon family. It was just the kind of book I was looking for last week. And even better Ms. Higbee is donating all proceeds from this book to mental health charities.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams
  • Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo
What I read
  • Picky Eaters by S.J. Higbee
Books I got

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.

Sunday Post: Visit to a sculpture park

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

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

I had a busy week, but my husband and I found time for a local outing.

Downtown Des Moines has a wonderful sculpture park which regularly gets new sculptures. We drive by often, but this week we stopped to walk through it and admire new sculptures and old favorites. It was a beautiful afternoon and a fun outing.

MacRae Park & EMC Overlook

On the way home we stopped at a small park named for Donald MacRae, a WWI soldier from Des Moines, who was killed during the war. The park is over 100 years old. It needed some renovations so the park has been closed for a number of months. It was reopened earlier this month and an overlook 40 feet above the ground was added which provides a great view of downtown Des Moines.

A very fun outing!

Blog life

Only a couple posts written, but four good books finished!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • November books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Slayer by Kiersten White
  • Echoes in the Sand by Shannon Baker
What I read recently
  • Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
  • Doing Time by Jodi Taylor
  • Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan
Books I got recently

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby (ebook, purchased)

The Last Dance by Martin L. Shoemaker (Amazon First Reads)

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (library book)

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

Sunday Post: Back home

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’m loving the autumn weather though most of our trees aren’t showing much color. There are trees around that have pretty colors, but I’ve heard this isn’t the best year for autumn color in our part of Iowa. And the trees in our yard don’t usually turn spectacular colors. Some trees are losing their leaves without even turning color.

Home

The party hosted last weekend was lots of fun and my husband did lots of yard work for my daughter since we planned to spend most of the day outside. My husband even built a new fire pit for her.

Of course, the day before the party it was 70 degrees, but the day of the party it only got to 50 degrees. However, the sun was shining and we had a bonfire all day so we all stayed warm. It was a fun day. One of most enjoyed activities was painting canvases with acrylic paint. Movies were planned to show outside, but by the time it got dark it was getting way too cold and most people wanted to go inside.

My daughter’s dogs loved having everyone at the party. They got to hang out with everyone and Juneau who loves to retrieve balls had people to throw the ball for her all day long and she just kept bringing the ball back for more! The cutest times were when my niece’s daughters threw the ball. The youngest one is in the above picture. She was dressed as a fairy princess (even came to the party wearing sunglasses!) She had picked out her clothes to wear and was happy to be the princess! She was so cute with Juneau and Juneau was wonderful with her–didn’t jump on her or try to grab the ball from her. Juneau is a rescue dog and my daughter spent a lot of time teaching her not to grab the ball or jump when someone had it in their hand.

Home again

We arrived home on Monday and have spent the week recuperating. But what a great time for all of us!

Television

I’ve started watching Stumptown–one of the new 2019 TV series. It’s on ABC. I’m liking it. It stars Cobie Smulders (who played Robin in How I Met Your Mother).

I’m also enjoying the new season of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix.

Blog life

We were so busy during the week before the party and that weekend that I didn’t do much on my blog and I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last week.

Recent posts

Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
What I read recently
  • No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
Books I got recently

Netted by S.J. Higbee (ebook/purchased)

Creed by Celina Grace (ebook/purchased)

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett (ebook/purchased)

Doing Time by Jodi Taylor (ebook/purchased)

Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Kindle Unlimited)

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths (Kindle Unlimited)

Echoes in the Sand by Shannon Baker (Kindle Unlimited)

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (ebook/library)

The Long Call By Ann Cleeves (audiobook/library)

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (audiobook/Chirp)

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

Sunday Post: October is here

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

October
One of our trees is beginning to show some autumn color!

Autumn is here! The days are cool and we have temperatures in the 40’s at night. I love it!

This is the month for pumpkins, pumpkin spice everything, spooky stories. Except I don’t buy pumpkins anymore, I don’t like pumpkin spice in everything and I don’t like being scared! Still I do love October. But I love it for the clear blue skies, the cool days and nights, for the leaves turning color, for the windy, rainy days when the leaves fall.

World Card Making Day

Yesterday was World Card Making Day and though I didn’t make any cards yesterday (I spent my time cleaning my craft room!) these are some of the cards I’ve made in the last few weeks.

Illinois and Indiana

Next week we’re headed to Illinois and Indiana. Our Indiana daughter is having a “For the Love of Fall” party next weekend so we’re going to help her get ready and then we’re going to celebrate fall with her! We’ll stop on the way and visit our Illinois daughter. She will be coming to the party, too.

Blog life

I wrote some posts this week and even wrote a few for the weeks ahead. I’ve also enjoyed catching up with blogging friends this week. It’s good to be back to regular blogging and I’m glad I moved from a self-hosted site to WordPress.com

Recent posts
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
What I read recently
  • Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Books I got recently

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Kindle Unlimited)

Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Kindle Unlimited)

The Overstory by Richard Powers (ebook/library)

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (audiobook/library)

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

Sunday Post: September almost over

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little 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

Nice cool weather which I love. We’re getting lots of rain next week. Ah, autumn weather!

I was going to add some photos this Sunday morning and then publish, but our internet wasn’t working for a while so now that we finally got it working I’m publishing this. Maybe there’ll be photos next week!

A quiet week

My husband is still working on our driveway–except when it rains, because our clay soil gets very mucky and slippery. So probably not much work next week.

I had a quiet week. That was nice after all the travelling I’ve done in the past 6 weeks or so. I worked on cards, got some cards sent to family and friends, worked on my blog and read a little (not a lot since I didn’t get any books finished!) Made appointments with doctors for the next few months. Paid bills. Went through mail to make sure I hadn’t missed anything I needed. In other words the minutiae of everyday life!

Blog life

Last week I visited a few blogs. I’m working on answering comments. I also spent a lot of time learning to use the new WordPress writing editor which uses blocks. It’s fairly intuitive though I had trouble figuring out how to put some of my text beside photos. I discovered the new editor doesn’t really like me to try to use old posts as a framework for my new posts. If I start with a blank slate things work better. So I think I’m getting the hang of it after a few frustrating days.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • October 2019 books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Echo In Onyx by Sharon Shinn
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
What I read recently
  • Nothing finished
Books I got recently

Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee

Newly Wed and Slightly Dead by Danielle Garrett

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

Sunday Post: Trip to Chicago

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

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 spent a lot of last week getting ready to go to Chicago for our niece’s wedding. I don’t wear dresses much anymore so I had to find the dress I had in mind to wear, make sure it didn’t need cleaning, that it still fit and find all the stuff to wear with it and make sure they fit! Then we had to get up at 5:00 a.m. on Friday to drive to Chicago. Now that we’re back home I’m ready for some rest!

Chicago wedding

We just got back from the Chicago wedding for one of our nieces. The wedding was beautiful and lots of fun. It was held outside at a nature preserve and was a little breezy which helped since it was also humid! Afterward the reception was held at an Irish bar. It was a large Irish bar and the entire bar was rented for the reception for five hours! Very nice to talk to people, sample appetizer foods, drink some Guinness, watch people dancing upstairs.

All the activities related to the wedding occurred near the Chicago River so we stayed at a hotel near the river. The pictures above show the river.

Blog life

I didn’t get as much done on my blog as I’d planned. I was distracted trying to remember what I needed to do for our trip as well as having a number of appointments to take care of.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Echo In Onyx by Sharon Shinn
What I read recently
  • The Night Raven by Sarah Painter
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Books I got recently

Please Don’t Feed the Mayor by Sue Pethick (Kindle Unlimited)

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

Sunday Post: Mid September, but still hot

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

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

Labor Day is over, kids are back in school–and now it’s mid September!

We had cooler weather last week , but next week the temperatures are forecast to be close to 90 degrees. I love the cooler temperatures of fall so I’m looking forward to more cool weather!

Back from Indiana

I spent a week in Indiana visiting one of my daughters and got back during the middle of this week. I had lots of fun visiting with her and her two Labrador retrievers. They are such fun happy dogs. (And my daughter is pretty fun, too…lol)

Chicago wedding

This next week we’re driving to Chicago for a niece’s wedding. It will be fun to see lots of family members and see our niece and her fiance get married. They seem very happy!

Blog life

You may have noticed that during the last month my blog was gone for a few days and then back and then may have disappeared again. It’s finally back though I do still have a few things to tweak.

I spent a lot of time over the last month deciding whether to keep my self-hosted blog or to try to move the blog to WordPress.com. I wrote a post about that earlier in the week. I published a number of posts this week and am working on more posts for the future. It feels good to be back.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Night Raven by Sarah Painter
What I read recently
  • Craks in a Marriage by Barbara Barrett
  • A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • Bright Shards by Meg Pechenick
  • The White Shepherd by Annie Dalton
  • The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
Books I got recently

Last Boat to Camden Town by Paul Charles (Kindle Unlimited)

Poor Man’s Flight by Elliott Kay (Prime)

Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn

A Shot in the Dark by Matthew Costello

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week? Are you looking forward to autumn or mourning because summer is nearly gone?

Sunday Post: A housewarming & back home again

Sunday-PostKimberly 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.

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My daughter who moved to Indiana in July hosted a housewarming and birthday party last weekend. It was so much fun. Quite a few people came including some surprise visitors. My sister-in-law from Seattle flew in for the weekend and a couple other family members who were visiting in the Midwest from Texas and Alaska showed up to surprise her. We all had a wonderful time.

It was a beautiful sunny day, but as the day went on it got colder and colder. We had planned to have a bonfire so we lit it early which was good because it got very windy as it got colder. After some branches blew down from trees close to us we went inside! We’d planned to cook halibut for dinner, but about the time we were ready to start the power went out. We ordered pizza instead and built a fire in her fireplace. It worked out just fine. 🙂

This is the second time the power has gone out since she moved in and both times my husband and I were visiting! The problem is that the bike trail her house backs on to is also where the power lines run and the trail has lots of trees along it. The trees drop branches and even blow down when the wind is blowing hard so the power goes out quite regularly! It came back on during the wee hours of the morning. Even with the power going out we all had a wonderful time.

Autumn

Some trees have already lost their leaves and we’ve had some frost and even a few snow flurries so far, but many of the leaves on our trees are still beautiful. Our crabapple trees are especially nice this year. They’re loaded with crabapples so that adds to the color along with the beautiful colored leaves. The fall weather is lovely with cool mornings and temps in the 50’s or even 60’s and lots of bright blue skies. I love it! It’s hard to believe November is almost here.

Television

My husband and I are watching the new Dr. Who season. We love the new Doctor. And the stories so far are great.

Blog

I didn’t get a chance to finish my Sunday Post last week with the party going on and the power going out on Saturday night. This week I have two weeks worth of blog posts and books.

My goal is to post two book reviews a week and in the past two weeks I posted five reviews so I did a little better than that! Yay! I’ve also visited book blogs in the past week which has been nice.

Last two weeks
Next week
  • Review
  • Review
  • November books on my list
  • Sunday Post & October Wrap-Up

My books

What I’m reading
  • Terra Incognita by Connie Willis
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
What I read the last two weeks
  • White Silence by Jodi Taylor
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  • Hi Bob by Bob Newhart
  • Straight Outta Fangton by C.T. Phipps
  • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor by Rhys Bowen
Books I got the last two weeks

The Blackhouse by Peter May 

Straight Outta Fangton by C.T. Phipps

Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein

Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern

The Various Haunts of Men by Sandra Hill

On Silver Wings by Evan Currie

Masked Ball at Broxley Manor by Rhys Bowen (library ebook)

Down the Broken Road by J.R. Backlund (library hardcover)

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (audiobook)

 

What did you do last week? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: Autumn color and enjoying the sun

Sunday-PostKimberly 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.

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Some of our trees are starting to turn color which I love. Other trees in the area are already losing leaves. We had more rain this week and several roads and bike paths near our rivers are closed. The above photo shows a closed road we often drive on our way home. Our house is near the river, but is on a hill (thank goodness). We had a couple dry days and one part of the day with some sun. I loved seeing the sun after a week of cloudy days. In the above photos Donnie is loving the rare sunny day by rolling in the grass! When it’s raining he really doesn’t want to go outside…lol.

We’re taking care of Donnie for our son for at least another week or two. He’s on the East coast this week. We’re taking Donnie with us when we go to our daughter’s housewarming and birthday party this next weekend.

Blog

I’m still working on getting posts scheduled ahead. I visited a few favorite blogs last week, but kept getting interrupted.

Last week
Next week
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Still deciding what to read.
What I read last week
  • What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard
  • After Anatevka: Live by Alexandra Silber
  • Bitter Rain by Shannon Baker
Books I got this week — lots of good books on sale!

Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein

Between Planets by Robert A. Heinlein

Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard

Bone Yard by Donna Ball

Rapid Fire by Donna Ball

The Shaman’s Bones by James D. Doss

Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 2-A by Theodore Sturgeon (audiobook)

Until Tuesday by Luis Carol Montalvan (audiobook)

Two Kinds of Truth by Micahel Connelly (audiobook)

Terra Incognita by Connie Willis (Library book)

What did you do last week? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: October here I come!

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.

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Cool weather this weekend–highs only in the 50’s with rain.

I love Autumn and I always feel like October is the beginning. Leaves start turning color, weather is cooler, sometimes there are storms, there’s Halloween.

A busy week

I’ve put extra blankets on the bed this week plus found warmer clothes to wear. I’m also sorting things to get rid of some of my clutter. That seems to be a neverending problem.

During one of our rainstorms this week a water main broke in front of our driveway. Part of our driveway and sidewalk were dug up most of the week, but I think it’s finally fixed. This is the second time this year a water main has broken in front of our house!

Two of my  kids are visiting this weekend. My son is moving and brought some of his things to store in our basement for a while. My older daughter is also visiting and will drive him back to pick up his car. It’s always good to see both of them and they’re also helping my husband and me with some projects.

Television

We’re watching Dancing With the Stars (on Hulu) and Death in Paradise (on Netflix) as well as too much news.

Blog

A busy week–just not so much on my blog. I wrote a review and then lost it. That made me mad (mostly at myself for not saving it while working on the review). But it made me so mad I had to stop using the internet for the rest of the day! And I still haven’t rewritten that review.

Last week
Next week
  • October 2018 books on my list
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Emma: An Audible Original Drama by Jane Austen, Anna Lea (adaptation author)
  • Omens by Kelley Armstrong
What I read last week
  • The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
  • Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
  • A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier
Books I got this week

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (library ebook)

A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier (library hardcover)

Emma: An Audible Original Drama by Jane Austen, Anna Lea (adaptation author)

The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven

What did you do last week? What do you plan to do next week?