Sunday Post: Cold, snow and sun

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 got a big snow storm towards the end of this week. I think we got a little more than eight inches of snow. However, it was hard to get an accurate measurement since the wind was blowing hard during the storm and there was lots of drifting snow. After the snow stopped, it turned very cold with temperatures near zero each night and bright clear cold sunny days.

An accident

I did not post last week because I tripped and fell resulting in a black eye, broken glasses, a bruised face and two broken bones in my dominant right hand. I had surgery on Tuesday to put 3 pins in the bones on my right hand (held in place by a cast). I am already tired of having this cast, but will probably have it for the next 6 to 8 weeks (which will limit my ability to post each week). My face is still bruised and turning different colors!

A thank you

Thank you to my husband for typing a lot of this post for me and for all he’s doing now: cooking, grocery shopping, feeding the cats, cleaning the litter box and so much more!

Television

Since there are a number of things I can’t do at the moment I’ve watched more TV than usual. We’re watching David Tennant in Around the World in 80 Days. So far we’ve watched four episodes and we’re enjoying it. We have Acorn TV and are watching several shows we’re enjoying: Kingdom, Murdoch, Madame Blanc and Dalgliesh. We’ve also watched some of the Olympics.

Cat photos of the week

Blog

I won’t do many posts the next few weeks or comment on many blogs since typing with my left hand doesn’t work so well! My left hand and arm are already sore at being used so much

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • February 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Evil Intent by Jane Isaac
Books read
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • Into the Dark by J.A. Sutherland
  • The Hiding Place by Paula Munier
  • The Mutineer by J.A. Sutherland
  • Shockwave by Lindsey Buroker
New books
  • Saving Time by Jodi Taylor (ebook, purchased)
  • Evil Intent by Jane Isaac (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
  • Deadly Night by Vanessa Nelson (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
  • Mutineer by J.A. Sutherland (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
  • License to Howl by Helen Harper (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
  • The Hiding Place by Paula Munier (ebook, Library)

What have you been doing this week?

Sunday Post: An anniversary

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

It’s been cold and often windy this week and we’ve had a few snow flurries, but no snow on the ground. We’ve warmed up this weekend to the 30’s, but the temperature is going to drop during the day today and we’ll be very cold again for a few days.

Anniversary

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary this week by going to a hotel in our local area for one night. It was low-key, but we had a really nice time and the view from our room was great.

The cats

I added a photo of Olaf from about two years ago when he was a kitten and one of Blaze at about the same age. They look quite different. Olaf is a blue point ragdoll and Blaze is a seal point. (Of course, Blaze also has a white blaze on the middle of his face!) The full color of ragdoll cats can continue to change until they’re three or four years old.

Blog

I read three books this week, but two of the books I didn’t enjoy very much. I started out enjoying them, but by the end of the books I just wanted to be done with them. They both depressed me. Luckily, the third book–Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern–is part of a mystery series I love. So I’m feeling better about the start of the year.

Even though I wrote some posts last week I didn’t visit many blogs. I hope to visit more next week. I always like to see what people are doing and what they’re reading.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • January 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
Books read
  • Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
  • Deep into the Dark by P.J. Tracy
  • Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern
New books

What have you been doing?

Sunday Post: 2022–A new year

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

2022 begins. And hard to believe we start a third year with Covid-19 still causing many deaths and consuming our thoughts and changing our lives.

My Christmas

So fun with our children and our animals here in our new home. I know how lucky and blessed we are–we’re vaccinated, healthy, we like and love each other, our kids have good jobs, my husband and I have enough to live a comfortable life.

Blog

I read 103 books in 2021 so I exceeded my Goodreads Reading Challenge by three books! I decided to keep my 2022 challenge at 100. That’s a comfortable number for me. I have plans to do a few more things in 2022 besides my blog and reading though reading remains one activity I would have a hard time giving up. That is why I’m a readerholic after all. . . .

Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors. She writes the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series–a wonderful well-written mystery series. Each month she sends a newsletter to subscribers and I have come to admire not only her fiction writing, but also her candidness and thoughtfulness in her newsletters. I received her January newsletter yesterday. One of the things she includes in every newsletter is a quote and I love quotes!

Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.

Susan Sontag

At the end of her January newsletter Louise Penny took the quote and adapted it slightly: “Kindness, dear friend… Kindness. And courage. And health.”

And that, dear friends, is what I wish for all of you in 2022!

Posts
Posts for next week
  • January 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
Books read
  • The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly
  • Moorings by David Moore
  • “Warms You Twice” by Craig Johnson (2021 Walt Longmire Christmas short story)
New books

What are your plans and hope for 2022?

Sunday Post: Less than a week till Christmas

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 some beautiful sunrises and sunsets so far this month, but no snow! Apparently there’s only a 25% chance for snow in the Indianapolis area at Christmastime!

Our menagerie

Not only do we have a new kitten in our household, but we’ve also been taking care of our son’s mini dachshund this month. Our son is moving from Seattle to New York City this month so we offered to keep Duke for him while he packed up and left Seattle and then rented an apartment in NYC. He found an apartment this week and he arrives back at our house tomorrow. We are all excited to see him!

Olaf and Blaze (our cat and kitten) and Duke all get along well so they’ve all had fun together. It’s very cute how Duke sometimes runs up to them to break up the wrestling match when Olaf and Blaze are playing together. I think he’d like to play with them, too, but none of them quite know how to do that!

Baking

I’ve baked quite a few cookies so far this month and hope to get some more baking done this week. I made Ginger Cookies also, but forgot to take a photo of them. These are all new recipes I made this year, but they’re all drop cookies so easy and quick to make. The cookies all taste great. I was concerned because the chocolate chip cookies didn’t brown very much on top, but my husband has taste-tested and says they’re the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve made!

Neighbors

We’ve delivered some of the cookies I’ve baked to some of our neighbors. We also had some of our neighbors to our house to get to know them a little better. That’s been nice and I think we’ll get together with some of them again after Christmas.

Christmas

I’m so excited to spend our first Christmas here in our new house. Our three kids will be here which is wonderful.

Our son arrives tomorrow and our Illinois daughter arrives on the 23rd and we’ve got tickets to hear Handel’s Messiah that evening. I think we’re going to watch Christmas movies on Christmas Eve plus we always play some games during the Christmas holiday. Of course, we’ve got lots of cooking and baking planned and even some time with no particular plans!

Blog

I haven’t read any Christmas themed books this year. I started one and liked it pretty well, but just wasn’t feeling like reading it very much. I finally had to return it to the library and I’d only read 50% of it.

However, I’ve read other books in the last couple of months that I’ve really enjoyed–especially some fun urban fantasy books. So even though I was five books behind at times this year with my Goodreads Challenge Goal of 100 books I’ve completed the challenge. So far I’ve read 101 books and hope to read at least two or three more before the end of the year.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly
Books read
  • Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean
  • State of Terror by Hilary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny
  • Scorched Heart by Helen Harper
  • Junkyard Bargain by Faith Hunter
  • The Noose of a New Moon by Helen Harper
New books

What are you doing next week? If you celebrate Christmas what are some of your traditions? If you don’t celebrate Christmas do you have other celebrations at this time of year?

Sunday Post: Lots of (fun) things to do

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

Life has been busy around our house and I haven’t gotten a post done for a couple of weeks. As you read more of my post you will understand why I’m so busy!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was so much fun. About 45 adults and children came. My husband and I hosted a brunch at our new Indiana home. Most of our family hadn’t seen our house so it was fun to show them around. Our kids all helped get the brunch put together and we kept things simple.

Thanksgiving dinner was at our niece’s house. She lives about 20 minutes away from us. There was lots of food since everyone who comes contributes something. I cooked two 14 pound turkeys instead of one large turkey since smaller turkeys are so much easier to cook. We had lots of activities for the kids. Lots of the family arrived on Tuesday so on Wednesday kids and parents went to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. We had homemade soups at the hotel one night so all the kids who wanted to could swim. There was a treasure hunt and hiking in a park. It’s so great to see cousins playing with and getting to know each other. Such a fun time for everyone!

Christmas decorations

We put up our Christmas tree and decorated our house on Thanksgiving weekend. I plan to make cookies later today and during the week. We’re working on Christmas cards. Thanksgiving, the time before Christmas and Christmas are just about my favorite times of the year.

A new kitten

We got another ragdoll kitten this week. We’ve had him less than a week and he and my two year old ragdoll cat are getting along great! As I type this they’re sleeping together on my lap. We’ve named the new kitten Blaze since he has a blaze running up the middle of his face. He’s a mitted (meaning his front paws are white) seal point with a blaze. Olaf, my two year old cat, is a mitted blue point cat. I’m so relieved they’re getting along so well.

Blog

I’m hoping to read some blogs this week and leave a few comments. However, I am going to be very busy so realistically I’ll just have to see how it works out.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • November & December books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean
Books read
  • Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper
  • Infernal Enchantment by Helen Harper
  • Alpha by Audrey Faye
  • Midnight Smoke by Helen Harper
New books

What’re you doing?

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: 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: A trip to Illinois

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

Olaf sleeping on my lap this morning

I’ll be gone most of today since we’re going to visit our daughter in Illinois. I probably won’t get a chance to visit any blogs until tomorrow. We’re taking Olaf with us because we’re going to be gone over Labor Day weekend as is our daughter. She has gotten a pet sitter for her cat which Olaf will share! I haven’t found a pet sitter here yet.

Our new house is part of a group of houses built in the last few years from farm fields. There are still farms and fields around us, but more and more houses are being built. However, the above farm is one that is only moments away from our house. I love the red barn in that photo. And behind our house are several small properties that keep chickens and even a donkey! It makes me sad that most of the fields will be gone in the next few years so that houses can be built. This town is growing like crazy!

My orchids are loving all the light we have in our new house. I’ve had two of them rebloom already. I need to repot a couple of others. I love all the windows and light we have and am looking forward to the change of season when the light will be different in the house. I love every season and the changes that come every season.

My husband and I are getting out and about, but we stay outside as much as possible. We went to one of our favorite coffee and breakfast places. One of the things I love–besides the coffee and food–is the wrap-around deck where we can sit outside and enjoy the outdoors. On the day that we stopped by it rained, but a portion of the deck is under a roof so that even though it poured down rain we stayed dry! We have even gone to our niece’s kids’ soccer games which brings back memories of when our kids were playing soccer.

Blog

I enjoyed visiting blogs and catching up last week on what everyone has been doing during the summer. As I mentioned we’re going to be gone some next week. I won’t visit many blogs or comment, but I am getting a couple of posts scheduled. The one I won’t get done is next Sunday’s Sunday Post.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • September 2021 books on my list

My books

What I’m reading
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor
Books read last week
  • Dead Blow by Lisa Preston
  • Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing
  • Smokescreen by Dick Francis
New books

What did you do last week and what do you plan to do this week?

Sunday Post: Almost the end of summer

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’s hard to believe summer is almost over. Especially since the weather is so hot right now and will be even hotter next week with several days in the 90’s (and heat index in the low 100’s). Schools have already begun here which is hard for me to believe since I didn’t go back to school when I was a child until the first part of September.

I’m doing a Sunday Post for the first time since we moved into our house in mid-May. We’ve been busy, but sometimes especially in the first month after our move I kept losing track of what day of the week it was and would discover I’d missed another post–even when I had posts complete.

Things are better now though we’re still unpacking a few boxes and looking for things that we still haven’t found. This week I needed to look for clothes a little dressier than what I’ve been wearing all summer. I finally put together something I can wear though I didn’t find the clothes I was looking for. Maybe I donated them before we moved since I got rid of some of my clothes!

We are loving our new house. We’ve gotten pictures on the walls, decided where the furniture is going to be put and got rid of more stuff that didn’t quite find a home in our new house. We can get one of our cars in our two car garage! Our cat Olaf settled in after a day or two of hiding. He loves running on our carpetless floors and then sliding on them–sometimes into a wall! That doesn’t stop him. He also loves hiding in boxes or an empty laundry basket and then jumping out to surprise us!

We’ve done some traveling and have more planned plus we’re doing things with our family that lives in the area. We’re trying to do things outside though with the high temperatures at the moment that’s harder to do. The local weather forecast mentions how long it takes to get sunburned if you’re in the sun and it’s been only 20 minutes. So we’ll probably stay home more until it’s a little cooler.

Blog

I’ve been absent from my blog since we moved in to our new house. I’m hoping to write more regularly, though as I mentioned above we’re going to be gone several times in the near future so I may miss more Sunday Posts. I will try to get some other posts scheduled. I plan to visit blogs today and I hope to catch up on some of the blogs I follow.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • September 2021 books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Dead Blow by Lisa Preston
  • Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing
Books read recently
  • Boiled Over by Barbara Ross
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
  • Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  • Between Decisions by W.R. Gingell
  • Aoife’s Chariot by Katherine Pathak
  • Moving is Murder by Sara Rosett
  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
New books

What have you been up to all summer?

Sunday Post: It’s already April

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

I didn’t get much done last week.

We had to have our cat Elf put to sleep during the week. It was such a hard decision, but she wasn’t getting any better. In fact, she was losing weight each time she was weighed and had stopped eating.

The above pictures show Elf (calico cat) and Scorch (part Snowshoe cat). They came into our household together though they weren’t litter mates. Scorch got a lot more dark patches of fur as she got older. Scorch died in 2019 when she was 10 years old. Elf was 12 when she died this week. They were both such wonderful sweet cats and both died too soon.

Blog Life

Though I’m late getting this Sunday Post done I’m getting caught up a little on my blog comments and visiting other blogs.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
Books read
  • None
New books

I hope you all have a great week.