Sunday Post: It’s already the middle of December!

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


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 having trouble keeping up with how fast December days are speeding by! Still so many things I want to do since I love Christmas. I have to realize I may not get everything done. The most important thing for me is to spend time with my family at this time of the year. And that’s what I need to remember and focus on.

We went looking at Christmas lights last night and I was able to get a few photos. It’s a ritual we always try to do sometime before Christmas. I love to see how people have decorated. It gets dark so early these days that seeing the decorations and lights is so cheering.

Other than playing with my new kitten I don’t feel like I’ve gotten very much done. (Playing with Olie is great fun and he and Elf are starting to play together.) I did do some reading since Olie like to help me read! I’m trying to read some Christmas books before Christmas. This is about the only time of the year I still read a few historical romances. And I’m still trying to finish Christmas cards to get in the mail on Monday or Tuesday!

Christmas in Indiana

We’re spending Christmas in Indiana and traveling there at the end of this week. It’s much easier for our kids to get to Indiana so that’s where we’re spending Christmas this year. We’re bring our kitten with us, my son is bringing his mini dachshund, our Illinois daughter is bringing her cat and our Indiana daughter whose house we’re invading has two dogs so we will have quite the full house of humans and animals!

Blog Life

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Wise Virgin by Jo Beverley
What I read recently
  • Crash Point by John Carson
  • Borderline by Janet Edwards
  • The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Books I got recently

Borderline by Janet Edwards (ebook/purchased)

A Study in Gold by Annie Dalton (ebook/purchased)

Shamus Dust. Hard Winter. Cold War. Cool Murder by Janet Rogers (ebook/purchased)

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey (Hardcover/Library)

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

Sunday Post: December 4


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


We got a tiny bit of snow last night…just enough to cover the grass. Still it is pretty with the Christmas lights on one of our fir trees in the backyard. I saw a few snowflakes this week so that was our first sign of snow! I heard people talking about a snow event next week, but when I last checked our forecast snow isn’t mentioned for us–although it is supposed to be below freezing starting Wednesday I like snow if I don’t have to drive in it so a little bit would be nice.

On Wednesday (when the high temp is only supposed to be 24 degrees…brrrr) we’re having a new furnace and air conditioner put in. We knew when we bought the house we would replace them since they were original to our 25-year-old home. Our energy company is offering rebates this year so we decided to take advantage before the end of the year.

We also have doctor’s appointments a couple of days this week so it’s a busy week.

Christmas planning

I’m enjoying our first Christmas here in our new house!

We put up Christmas lights outside this week. Our daughter helped and also bought a huge blow up lighted Santa which we have by the front door! My husband loves lots of lights and other decorations. A couple of years ago our kids gave him a lighted abominable snowman figure!

The Christmas tree is going up today and we’ll do some other indoor decorating.

I’m also hoping to start making cookies this weekend and freezing some of them. Our kids are all coming for Christmas and I want to have some cookies to decorate once they get here.

I’m also still making Christmas cards to send–haven’t sent any yet. And I’m making a few Christmas gifts. And it’s only three weeks until Christmas. The main thing I want to do is enjoy these weeks–listen to Christmas music, enjoy the lights, make cookies, finish up my cards–and not get stressed about what doesn’t get done.


We started watching The Great American Baking Show. This last week they aired two shows so we watched Cake Week and Cookie Week. Next week is Bread Week! The American and British versions of these shows are my favorite cooking shows.


It’s a busy week so I’ll have to see how much I manage to do on my blog. I hope to have time for reading though.

Blog posts
Blog posts for next week
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

After Atlas by Emma Newman

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer

What I read recently

Death at the Fair by Catherine Lloyd

E-books & Audiobooks purchased (there were sales!)


Walk Into Silence by Susan McBride

Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery by Carolyn Jourdan

Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle by Mary J. MacLeod

Mercury Retrograde: A Dark Alchemy Novel by Laura Bickle

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

Fate of Perfection by K.F. Breene


Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

The Highwayman by Craig Johnson

Death Without Company by Craig Johnson

Musselled Out by Barbara Ross

A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson


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