Sunday Post: Spring is coming…haha!

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

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We’re having another round of very cold weather…-5 when I got up this Sunday morning and a wind chill of -16. Supposed to be even colder tonight. At least we only got a smidgen of snow–most of it went south of us this time.

Cribbage

My husband and I have stayed in a lot this week since it’s cold and we still have snow on the ground still. (And we both were tired of usual activities.) So we decided to play cribbage Saturday night. We hadn’t played cribbage for a while. We even had to review the rules again! My husband almost always wins, but I was 30 points ahead going into the final lap so I thought I had a good chance. But, no, it was not to be–he won that game and the second game we played. 😦 But we had lots of fun and lots of laughs.

Daughters in Illinois and Indiana and then Chicago and orchids and St. Patrick’s Day…Oh, My!

At the end of the week we’re going to visit our two daughters–one in Illinois and one in Indiana. All sorts of fun in both places and then the next weekend we’re driving to Chicago to visit my husband’s sister. She has all sorts of great things planned for us–10,000 orchids at the botanical gardens, a Choir of Men concert and St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday and since we’re in Chicago I’m sure that is going factor into our activities…lol.

Travelling cats

Our two cats are travelling with us and then vacationing with our Illinois daughter! We’ve had a couple of bad experiences with two different pet sitters. Once when I’d asked the pet sitter not to open any closed doors we found one of our cats in a room (supposedly closed) when we arrived home. She is my cat who often hides and sometimes a stranger ( aka pet sitter) may not see her at all. She wasn’t closed in the room too long since there were no messes, but I couldn’t trust that pet sitter or that company after that. Our cats ride quite well in a cat carrier in the car so that is our best choice at the moment.

Blog life

I wrapped-up the Puppy Love challenge by reading six books and reviewing two of them during February. I also posted a review of Splintered Silence I read in December about two Marine veterans–a dog handler and her K-9 dog–both injured by an IED and suffering from PTSD.

I read seven books and reviewed four books in February–not a very good record, but at least I did that much! February was a busy month with various appointments, snow, cold and my daughter visiting for a week.

Recent posts
Next week
  • March 2017 books on my list
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (book had to go back to library a couple of weeks ago–I’m on hold again!)
What I read recently
  • Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards
  • Doggirl by Robin Brande
Books I got recently

Doggirl by Robin Brande

Gabriel & Mr. Death by Susan J. Kroupa

Old Bones by Cynthia by Harrod-Eagles

Next of Kin by James Tucker (Amazon Prime free read)

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Audiobook)

The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush (Audiobook)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (library)

Watcher in the Woods by Kelly Armstrong (library)

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

Sunday Post: End of January

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

More snow and cold plus wind this week. We had below zero wind chills and blowing snow one day. Roads that were previously cleared of snow were suddenly snowy and slick again. My husband and I had an appointment early that morning and luckily we had left early. We’ve had below freezing temps all week. Next week is supposed to get even colder with temperatures below zero for the high at least a couple of days. Of course, both my husband and I have various appointments and activities next week so we will be out in the cold at least some of the time. However, we have a reliable car with heated seats!

A deer in the yard
Donnie is a little hard to see since he’s at the back of our yard and is a small dog in snow almost over his head!

One afternoon Donnie (our son’s mini dachshund we’re taking care of during January) started barking and wanted to go outside. I thought he’d seen a squirrel so I let him out to chase it away from the bird feeders.

However, as soon as I let him out I saw a deer in the back of the yard. Donnie was ready to chase her out of “his” yard. The deer ran back and forth trying to remember how to get out of the yard. Donnie was furiously barking and forging a path through the deep snow that was almost over his head. I was standing on the back porch yelling at him to come back in since I was afraid if he caught up with the deer she would try to kick him. Of course, he ignored me!

The deer finally found the right spot to jump the fence and joined her five or six compatriots on the other side of the fence. Donnie continued to forge a path through the snow to make sure there were no more intruders! By the time I got him back to the house he was carrying a lot of the snow caught in his long hair. He was quite a sight, but he was also so proud of himself…lol. I didn’t even think of taking pictures of the deer, but once the deer was gone I did take some photos of Donnie trying to run and hop through the snow!

Winter cards

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I’ve mentioned before that I make greeting cards to send to friends and family. This week was the perfect week to make winter cards to send out. I listen to audiobooks while I’m making my cards so I feel like I get reading done at the same time I’m creating. Makes me happy!

Blog life

I’m getting back on track with posts and visiting blogs and commenting. I’m not caught up yet with  all the blogs I want to visit and comment on. Sometimes I get caught up in reading several posts and then have to go do something else and don’t get a comment done. Or I follow interesting links people put up and forget to go back and thank them for their links. I’m trying to do better with that because I really appreciate the content other bloggers (especially book bloggers) contribute and want them to know that. And I really appreciate people leaving comments on my blog and want them to know that, too. I don’t always reach my goals. It’s a work in progress!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Most recent additions to my to-read list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington
  • February 2019 books on my list

My books

What I’m reading
  • Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger
  • Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
What I read recently
  • Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger
  • Zero G by Dan Wells
Books I got recently

Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger

Pit Perfect by Renee George

The Expert System’s  Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Working Stiff by Annelise Ryan

The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor

This Can’t Be Happening Collection (Free for Prime members–kindle & audiobook)

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