Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Thanksgiving gathering from several years ago

I’m at Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. The large extended family has gotten together for over 50 years. This is the last year we will get together at the above house. My father-in-law died in the spring and the house is for sale. We’re doing one last Thanksgiving here. After this year one of my nieces plans to host the Thanksgiving gathering. It will be held in Indianapolis instead of Iowa which may mean a smaller gathering in the future. All things have to change at some point.

I’m grateful for . . .

  • Our large extended family that has made Thanksgiving such a wonderful tradition.
  • My husband and children. That we all love each other and can have fun together.
  • My health. After my surgery earlier in the month I realize once again what a wonderful thing it is to feel healthy.
  • My friends with whom I share stories and laughter.
  • Authors writing books. I love to read and am so grateful that so many authors are writing books I love to read.
  • My ebook reader that allows me to read at night, to set it on my lap when my hands hurt, to change the size of the font when my eyes need a bigger font, to carry hundreds of books in my purse.
  • My cats who give me so much pleasure every day.
  • My children’s dogs and cats I get to enjoy when I visit or they visit.
  • My house and yard. That we have a house and yard. And I love the serenity of my house and yard.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate Thanksgiving in November. And to everyone else I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Sunday Post: October 2

Sunday-PostThis 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.

Last week–home and blog

Road trip

Because of our car accident (hitting a deer–we were unhurt, but the car and the deer were not so fortunate) so we cut our road trip short. We planned to be gone another week, but we don’t have a date when the car will be repaired and the rental car was expensive so after our visit with family in Oregon we left the West Coast and headed home to Iowa. (You can see a photo of the damaged car in last week’s Sunday Post.)

We’d planned for a leisurely trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, then to a dinosaur site in Wyoming and finally to visit a friend in the Denver area. That will be a trip for another time.

We spent part of our week at the Oregon coast. I have a special love for it since that was the first time I saw the ocean–when I was about six years old. I remember how excited I was!

We had beautiful weather at the coast this visit–mostly sunny and in the upper 60’s. The Oregon coast often is foggy, windy, cloudy or rainy so this was lovely. (However, I like it even when it’s foggy or raining!)

The blog

The first week we were gone I had posts scheduled and thought I would get more done while we traveled, but that has been harder than it seems. Using my cell phone to prepare posts isn’t as easy as I thought and lots of places in the mountains and rural areas have no cell service. The next couple weeks I will see how much I can get done. I do hope to visit more blogs and catch up with what everyone else is doing.

I did get lots of reading done. My husband and I also listened to two audiobooks together as we drove.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie
What I read last two weeks
  • Address to Die For by Mary Feliz
  • Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library


Next Week–home & blog

We’re back in Iowa so have all the catching up to do with everything. It feels like we’ve been gone for months–instead of just three weeks!

Blog posts

  • October books on my list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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




Sunday Post: Nov 30



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

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Hard to believe it’s the last day of November! Only one month left for 2014. . .

We’ve been in Iowa all week. Had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration as well as many family activities. We survived it all–even the food (at least so far though I need to ride my stationary bike a longer than normal for the next few months…LOL). I didn’t count how many people we had this year, but it was quite a crowd.

We left for Illinois on Saturday to spend the weekend with one of our daughters and then fly home on Monday. I got a cold during the week (thought it was allergies at first) and haven’t participated in all activities. 😦

I managed some reading as well as a little work on blog posts in between talking to family and helping with cooking.

Blog posts


What I’m reading

Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie

What I read the this week

Undercity by Catherine Asaro

Books, E-books, Audiobooks–NetGalley, library, purchased or free

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Kindle e-books

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Martian by Andy Weir


The Element of Fire by Martha Wells

Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet by Ann Cleeves

Next Week

Home & blog

We fly home on Monday and I plan to recuperate and get over my cold. My husband leaves on Tuesday for about 10 days on a business trip. I wish he didn’t have to go during the Christmas season, but I’m hoping to work on Christmas cards and presents. And lots of reading and blogging!

Blog Posts

  • December books on my radar . . .
  • Review: Undercity by Catherine Asaro
  • Blog Ahead Update
  • TTT: Books I’m looking forward to in 2015 . . .
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
  • Review: A Finer End by Deborah Crombie
  • Sunday Post

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