Audiobooks aid my card creation

Last year I listened to more audiobooks than ever before and it was all because I made a lot of cards last year. Usually I only listen to audios when I’m in my craft room. I don’t use headphones. I like to just listen using my phone as the audio plays loud and clear while I decide what kind of card I’m going to create and then get busy and create it. I guess I must use two different parts of my brain when I listen and create, because I do really get into a good book while making my cards. (I do sometimes listen outside my craft room when I’m close to the end of a really good book.) I love that I can create the cards I send to family and friends while I listen to audiobooks.

Some of my favorite 2017 cards

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Audiobook numbers for 2017:

Total audiobooks: 38

Total books of all kinds read: 100

I listened to 12 new-to-me authors as I listened to audiobooks last year.

Audiobooks and cards

Audiobooks really kept me on track in 2017 to reach my reading goal of 100 books. I find it really satisfying to create something. Another reason I spent a lot of time working on cards and listening to books–I calm down when I listen and work on cards. I stopped worrying so much about the state of the world and regained calmness…lol.

Do you like listening to audiobooks? If you do, when do you listen? Did the state of the world bother you last year? If so, how did you cope?

Sunday Post: Our first frost


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.


It’s Halloween and November next week. And we had our first frost here in Iowa Friday night so the growing season for most plants is done for this year. However, even though the weather is cooler we’re still having lots of beautiful, sunny days.

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Greeting cards and a fox and dragon and octopus . . . oh my!

I make cards to send to family and friends and I’ve worked on Autumn and Halloween cards the last few weeks. I got them mailed this week and it’s still Autumn and Halloween hasn’t even passed. A lot of the time I’m late getting my cards off! I had so much fun with these cards and I got a new die which cuts an envelope liner from paper to put in the envelope to create a one-of-a-kind envelope!

We picked up the pottery my daughters and I had painted last week and we’re very happy with the results! The dragon, fox and octopus are all banks which we plan to use for loose change. The star is for a candle and the plate for a wall.

My allergies are still bothering me and I had a couple of days I didn’t feel like doing anything. My husband has caught a cold so I’m not getting too close to him! Hopefully, he’ll start feeling better soon.


I’m working to get a few posts done ahead so I can schedule my weeks better . . .  especially since November begins next week and November and December are always very busy in our household–in a good way. I love the holidays and around here they start with Thanksgiving which also starts with lots of planning since we have around 50 people who come each year. So the more planning and scheduling I can do for my blog the better off I will be!

I’ve read some really good books lately and that always makes me happy. However, that doesn’t always mean more blog posts. And sometimes I get involved in reading other blogs, but then don’t have time to comment. I’m trying to remember to go back to those blogs and comment later.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • November books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless

What I’ve read

Running Out of Space by S.G. Higbee

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

Smoky Mountain Tracks by Donna Ball

Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern

Books I got this week–all audiobooks

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkein

Childhood Classics, Vol 3: Christmas Collection narrated by various celebrities

Evan Help Us by Rhys Bowen

Evanly Choirs by Rhys Bowen

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