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: 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.

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: Family birthday fun

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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Family birthday

A very busy week. This is my younger daughter’s birthday weekend so we’ve done lots of fun things this weekend plus doing a bit of planning during the week. My older daughter came from Illinois to help celebrate and we’ve all had so much fun. Saturday morning we went to a craft store which has lots of activities to choose from–painting pottery, fused glass, making candles as well as painting parties. We decided to paint pottery and we had so much fun we ended up staying over four hours. I painted a fox and a star lantern. My daughters painted an octopus and a dragon plus the birthday girl painted a winter scene on a small plate. We’ll see how they all look once they’re fired. We pick them up next weekend. We had so much fun! My husband didn’t paint pottery with us, but we all went out to dinner Saturday night and came home for birthday cake and a board game called Train. Such a fun day.

Yard work and home work

The weather was beautiful all week, but once again we got rain on the weekend! During the week we (mostly my husband) worked in the backyard. He’s putting in a brick extension on the patio (which is only a small cement slab now). He mowed and cleaned the yard a bit and put up bird feeders.

We also had new higher seat toilets put in. Our toilets were the original toilets in our 30-year-old house and the shut off valves were stuck so that made the job take longer.

Blog

I still haven’t decided what I’m doing for reviews, but I am trying to get more posts done ahead of time so when I have a busy week I will have things to post.

I forgot to post my sign up post for the HoHoHo Readathon so will do that this week.

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

My books

What I’m reading

Running Out of Space by S.G. Higbee

Dead Man’s Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek

What I’ve read

Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Kreuger

Flash by Donna Bell

Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson

Books I got this week

Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson (library e-audio)

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong (library ebook)

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (library e-audio)

Smoky Mountain Tracks by Donna Ball (Kindle e-book)

Christmas on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball (Kindle e-book)

Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern (Kindle e-book)

Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman (Kindle e-book)

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless (Kindle Unlimited)

Interesting on the Internet

Type M for Murder blog had a post by author Vicki Delany about Rapid Reads Novellas and the story she wrote for them. Rapid Reads Novellas are short books for adults with low literacy skills–ESL students, the elderly who might not have an attention span for a longer book, or anyone who wants an exciting fast read. This sounds like an excellent program. Vicki Delany also writes one of my favorite police procedural series–the Constable Molly Smith series.

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

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?

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