Sunday Post: Visit to a sculpture park

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

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

I had a busy week, but my husband and I found time for a local outing.

Downtown Des Moines has a wonderful sculpture park which regularly gets new sculptures. We drive by often, but this week we stopped to walk through it and admire new sculptures and old favorites. It was a beautiful afternoon and a fun outing.

MacRae Park & EMC Overlook

On the way home we stopped at a small park named for Donald MacRae, a WWI soldier from Des Moines, who was killed during the war. The park is over 100 years old. It needed some renovations so the park has been closed for a number of months. It was reopened earlier this month and an overlook 40 feet above the ground was added which provides a great view of downtown Des Moines.

A very fun outing!

Blog life

Only a couple posts written, but four good books finished!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • November books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Slayer by Kiersten White
  • Echoes in the Sand by Shannon Baker
What I read recently
  • Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
  • Doing Time by Jodi Taylor
  • Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan
Books I got recently

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby (ebook, purchased)

The Last Dance by Martin L. Shoemaker (Amazon First Reads)

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (library book)

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

Sunday Post: May 17


The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!


Last Week

Home & blog

I’ve been in Des Moines all week with my younger daughter. My husband was here Sunday through Tuesday and then drove to the eastern side of Iowa along the Mississippi River to spend the rest of the week with his dad. He did some yard work for both our daughter and his dad. On Monday and Tuesday we looked at houses throughout Des Moines as we may move here. We saw some great houses, but we aren’t ready to make a decision yet. This was more getting an idea of the areas and types of houses available. In the next few months we will get a better idea what we are going to do. I’ve been obsessed looking at houses on the internet the last few weeks! I hope to give that a rest for at least awhile. . . LOL

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I’ve gotten to spend a few days with my daughter’s black lab Bailey. She’s almost a year old now and a wonderful dog. When my daughter got Bailey last summer I came and stayed the first month since my daughter was working. It’s so great seeing Bailey nearly grown up! Quite a contrast from the week before–a tiny mini dachshund–and this week a 75 pound lab! Quite a difference, but both dogs are so much fun. 🙂

My daughter and I are leaving Friday after work for Illinois and my older daughter’s graduation. My husband and father-in-law will meet us there as well as other family members. Graduation for the Master’s programs is Saturday morning and then we’re all spending the day and evening together. On Sunday we all head back home!

Blog posts

  • Sunday Post: May 10
  • WoW: White Hot by Ilona Andrews


What I’m reading

Lock In by John Scalzi (audiobook)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell

What I read last week

Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell 

New–Books, E-books, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library




Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Earthrise by M. C. A. Hogarth

Beneath the Surface by Mike Martin

Under the Skin by E. E. Richardson (novella)

Disturbed Earth by E. E. Richardson



Around the Internet

Sync is back again for the summer (May 7 – Aug 14). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. One audiobook is a current audiobook and the other is a classic audiobook. Each set of two books are only available for one week.

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

For the week May 14-21 the two audiobooks available:

The week of May 21-28:

  • X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
  • Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers

Next Week

Home & blog

We’re back to Maryland on Sunday and Monday my husband leaves on a business trip. I’m going to spend the week catching up!

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • TBR Review: Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?

Sunday Post–September 22

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kim at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look at my last week and forward to the 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. This is a great meme to participate in every week and I thank Kim for hosting it!

Last Weekapple_picking_IA

Around the House

I was in Iowa this week with my daughter Karen. I’ve had a great time in Des Moines. Karen moved to Des Moines in June for a new job which she loves. My older daughter arrived Friday night for the weekend. We went apple picking on Saturday. It was a beautiful day…lots of fun.

Blog…Lots of posts this week! My daughter contributed a post which I appreciate. I hope she will write a few more now and then!

Sunday Post–September 15

Top Ten Tuesday–My Fall 2013 TBR List

Banned Books Challenge

New blog contributor

Banned books for what reason?

Review: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

What I’m reading

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (audio book)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

What I read this week

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

E-books bought

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

February Thaw by Tanya Huff

The Lies of Locke Larmora by Scott Lynch

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Deliah’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer (from Kobo)

Around the web

  • This week in my WordPress class we worked on monetizing our practice website–using affiliates, ads or selling products. We also did more work on the site and learned about social networking and how that can help a website or blog. Many people taking this class are building a small business blog or website. Only more week in the class. Next week we learn about WordPress SEO and how to use statistics and analysis as well as other WP tips.
  • Next week is Banned Book Week sponsored by the American Library Association. My daughter and I added a couple of posts this week about banned books. I don’t think books should be banned, but I do think parents should know what their children read though I confess I didn’t always know the books they read.
    • Even though my daughter comes out strongly against banning books she told me about reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker in high school. She wishes she hadn’t read it then. (It contains rape scenes and abuse by her father and husband.) She feels she could have read it later in life, but as a high schooler she was very disturbed by it.
    • Rita_h from My Home of Books is offering an Amazon gift card to someone who joins her challenge to read at least one banned/challenged book from the list at her site and review it during September.

Next Week

Around the house

I’m driving back to Chicago with my older daughter on Sunday and fly home on Monday. I imagine next week I stay busy catching up!

Posts on the blog

  • Review: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Sunday Post

What was your week like? Are you enjoying fall? Did you read (or find) some great books this week? What do you think about banned books?