Sunday Post: After the caucus

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

We had a tiny bit more snow, but also a few sunny days above freezing. However, our north facing backyard is still filled with snow!

The last two weeks in pictures
Iowa Caucus

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the Iowa Caucus and what a fiasco that was. It was my first caucus (we moved to Iowa three years ago) and I volunteered to help people sign-in. It was very interesting since it’s so different from just voting for a candidate, but it was also chaotic. We were in a middle school gymnasium and it was very loud. The precinct captain didn’t have a sound system so it was very hard to hear what anyone was saying.

After we finished caucusing we went home and that’s when we heard there was some kind of problem though on Monday night no one knew what the problem was. Now almost a week later and Iowa has provided numbers, but news organizations have found some inconsistencies and still don’t feel confident to call a winner. My takeaway from this is that maybe Iowa needs to just vote and do away with the caucus system!

Elf and Olaf

Elf and Olaf (Olie) are getting along better. Olaf was neutered this week. He’s five months old so I’m glad he hadn’t started spraying. He weighs almost nine pounds!

Other activities

Now that the caucuses are over life is getting back to a more normal level. We went out one evening to a cabaret performance. The singer was great. We also got away one evening and played dominoes at our local brewery. Lots of fun though my husband beat me even though (because) he drew 22 tiles and then was able to block me several times!

We had lunch at our botanical garden cafe. Again, lots of fun! The botanical garden dome is wonderful in the winter since it’s warm and all the plants are green and growing! Some are blooming and there’s even an area with cactus! On the way to the botanical gardens and along the Des Moines River is the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens with an Asian pavilion as the main feature. Ray was an Iowa governor (1969-1983) and the first public official anywhere in the United States to offer the Vietnamese “Boat People” a safe haven as well as sending food and medicine to Cambodia and helping keep the Tai Dam of Laos intact as a people and a culture by making it possible for them to resettle in Iowa.

Blog Life

In January I read 16 books–much higher than my average of 7 or 8! Several of the books were short so that factored in, but I also read some very good ones which I flew through. In February, I’ve already abandoned two books–one at 36% and the other at 25%–because I decided they just weren’t what I wanted to read right now. They were depressing me and I want to enjoy my reading.

Last two weeks
Next week
  • February 2020 books on my list
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
  • Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
What I read recently
  • Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
  • Girls of the Dark by Katherine Pathak
  • House of Teeth by Dan Jolley
  • Blind Search by Paula Munier
  • The Island by Ragnar Jonasson
Books I got recently

Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan (ebook, purchased)

Some of the Best from Tor.com:2019 Edition by Elizabeth Bear, Siobhan Carroll, John Chu, Greg Egan,et al (ebook, purchased)

The World of Cork O’Connor by William Kent Kreuger (ebook, purchased)

Girls of the Dark by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

Fashion Goes to the Dogs by Peggy Gaffney (KindleUnlimited)

The Body on the Beach by Anna Johannsen (KindleUnlimited)

A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (ebook/library)

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (audiobook/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Are you planning anything for Valentine’s Day?

Sunday Post: Flowers are still blooming

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.

Home

Strange weather–one day this week it was 86 degrees and the next day only 55 degrees! We continue to get lots of rain and more rain is forecast for next week. The rivers are full.

A busy week

My son was here most of the week. He was working on a computer project and once that was finished he went to visit some of our family in Northern Wisconsin. He plans to travel into Canada then on to Maine, New York City and Washington, DC to visit family and friends. He’s got some money as well as some time before his new job begins the first part of next year so he plans to do some travelling.

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My husband and I went to the botanical gardens on Saturday and had a wonderful time. We walked around outside enjoying the cool day and viewed the pond as well the waterfall, plants and flowers. I was surprised there were still so many flowers blooming. But it’s also beginning to look like fall in the gardens. We had lunch at the cafe inside the gardens…yummy food!

Blog

I’m scheduling reviews and other posts as I try to get some posts done ahead. Fall is a very busy time of the year for me. I plan to work on scheduling ahead and getting caught up on answering comments and visiting blogs.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard
What I read last week
  • Emma: An Audible Original Drama by Jane Austen, Anna Lea (adaptation author)
  • Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  • Close Enough by Shannon Baker
  • Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington
  • Head On by John Scalzi
Books I got this week

The Firemaker by Peter May

Between Shifts by W.R. Gingell

Putting Down Roots in Kinsey Falls by Gayle Leeson

What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard

Mystic Falls by Vickie McKeehan

The Cukoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Audiobook)

White Silence by Jodi Taylor (Audiobook)

The Sideman by Caro Ramsey (library book)

Dog Dish of Doom by E.J. Copperman

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