Sunday Post: On to Indiana

weekly meme to talk about books and a little about our personal lives

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

Cooler weather at night and nice sunny days. I love the fall weather.

Illinois

I was in Illinois all week with one of my daughters since we got new carpet in our Iowa house. I brought the cats and we stayed with my daughter because the carpet took several days to complete. Olaf had great fun exploring and decided to go under the above cabinet. I was amazed he could fit under it and that he was able to get back out without help!

Indiana

Since we were close to Indiana my husband and I drove there to visit our younger daughter and see a house that’s already built that will look similar to the house we’re having built. We were able to measure a few rooms and get an idea how our furniture will fit.

We are very impressed with how beautiful the leaves are right now in Indiana. My daughter has three trees in her yard which have turned yellow and orange. Beautiful!

Our daughter will be gone for a few days so we’re staying to take care of her dogs while she’s gone. It’s nice to take a break from our cleaning and sorting and purging at our house!

I’m loving seeing my daughters and I feel somewhat safer in Illinois and Indiana since they have mask mandates and Iowa doesn’t.

Blog Life

I caught up for about a day with comments, but am behind again! I visited a number of blogs and caught up a bit with some of my blogging friends. It’s always nice to see how you all are doing during these trying times. I hope everyone is staying safe.

Posted last week
Post for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall
  • Dead Eye by Alyssa Day
What I read
  • The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman
  • The Vampire Moon by J.R. Rain
Books I got

What have you got planned for next week? What did you do last week? Please stay safe.

Sunday Post: Back to Indiana

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

I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last Sunday. I was visiting family and didn’t have time or internet access for a few days. In the last week my husband and I were in Chicago, central Illinois and then I came back to Indiana and my husband drove home to Iowa. He’s going to meet me in Indiana at the end of the week.

Chicago

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My husband and I drove to Chicago to visit my sister-in-law. She always takes us to fun and wonderful places! We went to see the Choir of Man on Friday night. So much good music and any show set in a pub that invites the audience onstage before the show for free beer and then pulls people onstage during the show is great!

On Saturday we went to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see their orchid show. I love orchids (mostly because I can grow them and get them to rebloom, but also because they come in so many sizes, colors and shapes.) After the orchid show we stopped at Northwestern University and visited an art exhibit called “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time.” Fascinating. I had no idea so much trade in gold and salt went on in the Middle Ages between Europe and Africa.

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by going to an Irish pub and getting corned beef and cabbage. They had Irish dance and music. There wasn’t time to see the St. Patrick’s Day parade or the Chicago River turn green–maybe another year.

Central Illinois & Indiana

Bailey and Juneau
Bailey and Juneau relax on the bed!

After the weekend we drove to Bloomington to spend another few days with my older daughter. My husband drove back home to Iowa and after a few days in Illinois I went to Indiana to visit my younger daughter again and take care of her dogs while she vacations in Scotland. I brought my cats along so we have a menagerie here! I’m staying through the first week of April. And I’m happy to report my daughter has bulbs coming up in her yard so I hope to see some flowers blooming while I’m here. Great to see signs of spring!

Blog life

With all the travel I’ve been too tired and busy to spend much time on my blog though I did have a few posts scheduled. I haven’t even had very much time for reading. I hope that all changes some next week.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
What I read recently
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron
  • 10 lb. Penalty by Dick Francis
Books I got recently

Ambush by Barbara Nickless

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (library ebook)

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

Sunday Post: Road trip

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

A busy week with appointments and getting ready for our trip across Iowa, Illinois and into Indiana. We left snowy Iowa. Illinois and Indiana have no snow!

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We’ve visited our daughter in Illinois and had a great time with her. On to Indiana on Sunday to visit our younger daughter. We planned to stay a week and then come back at the end of March to take care of our Indiana daughter’s dogs while she’s gone for a week. I decided to stay the entire time and my husband will go back home to Iowa later in the week. Then we’ll meet in Indiana the first part of April and head back home to Iowa. I hope the snow is gone in Iowa by then!

Elf and Scorch (my two cats) came with us on this trip since I’ve had trouble with pet sitters. They’re staying with my Illinois daughter.

Blog life

I visited some of the blogs I’ve wanted to visit for several weeks. Always good to get reading recommendations and see what everyone has been up to. Still working to get reviews done. A never-ending process for me. It was hard to concentrate on reading this week so nothing finished. My husband and I are listening to a Dick Francis mystery in the car.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron
  • 10 lb. Penalty by Dick Francis
What I read recently
  • Nothing read. Too busy with other things.
Books I got recently

Dark Clouds Over Nuala by Harriet Steel

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry (March free Audible Original–included in membership)

A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain (March free Audible Original–included in membership)

A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux (audiobook)

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

Sunday Post: Visiting in Illinois

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.

Home and Blog

Hurricane Irma

I’m thinking about the people in Florida this morning as the hurricane arrives in Florida. I hope people are safe. I heard a story this morning that some people abandoned their pets–some left chained to trees or cars. Animal Control is picking up dogs and cats and taking them to shelters. It breaks my heart to hear about people abandoning their pets. I don’t know all the circumstances, but I just don’t want people to do that. And I think about all the people still in shelters in Texas and the earthquake in Mexico. It makes me think about the fragility of life on this earth.

Illinois and doctors

We decided this was a good weekend to visit our daughter in Illinois. We’re having a great time relaxing while our daughter works on a class she’s taking. When she’s not busy we’ve watched Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (both good). We’ve cooked scallops for dinner one night and gone out to dinner another night. It’s so good to spend time with her. She makes the trip to see us so it’s nice to come here.

My allergies have bothered me a lot the last couple of weeks so my doctor has suggested some new medicines to try. I’m hoping they kick in and start helping. My arthritis is causing my hands to hurt a lot so my arthritis doctor sent me to get “splints” for my hands. (I pictured something with wood…lol) for when I’m doing a lot with my hands. Plus I have hand exercises to do so I don’t lose more dexterity with my fingers and hands. Hopefully, the splints help. (I’m still trying to get used to them.) At lease using my Kindle is actually good since it’s not something I have to hold if my hands are hurting.

Television

This week I found another TV show to watch on Amazon Prime–Fortitude. It’s about a peace-loving town that is the furthest north of any town in the world (in the Norwegian part of Arctic Circle). They plan to build a hotel on the glacier near the town. However, a gruesome murder takes place. And strange things are happening in the town and everyone is hiding something. The show is part murder mystery and part something more than murder, but I’m not sure what yet. The murder is gruesome though they don’t show a lot of that, but there is a lot of swearing if that bothers you.

Blogging

I blogged more last week which was great. I hope to get more reviews done in the coming weeks. Next week it will be all about when we get home to see how much I get done.

August Blog posts
Next week
  • TBD
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger

Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine

What I’ve read

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason

Books I got

In This Bright Future by Peter Grainger (Kindle Unlimited)

Evans Above by Rhys Bowen (ebook)

Only the Dead by Malcom Hollingdrake (Kindle Unlimited)

The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian (ebook)

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer? 

Sunday Post: August 28

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

We’re in Illinois this weekend helping our older daughter move. Luckily, she’s just 10 minutes from her old place so that helps with move plus we have five people helping so it’s going pretty fast.

My younger daughter and I drove over on Friday evening and my husband met us here in Illinois. He was in eastern Iowa all last week helping out his dad with doctors’ appointments, yard work and any other chores that needed to get done.

We’ll all go back home on Sunday.

Frustrations

I had a frustrating week. Lots of little things. Our house in Maryland, my husband being gone, etc., etc. I talked in one of my posts about reading part of the wrong book in a series. That was certainly part of the frustrations of the week.

Television

I watched a few mystery series this week mostly on Netflix.

The blog

A few posts and a book read plus I got one of the books I’ve been looking forward to all year from NetGalley–Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • Stalking Ground by Margaret Mi
  • A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
  • The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
What I read last week
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley

Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima

The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner

Next Week–home & blog

We’re headed home on Sunday and I hope to get more things checked off of my to-do list. We have a very busy September so I need to get lots done now!

Blog posts

  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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

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Sunday Post: Dec 27

Sunday-Post

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.

Last Week–home and blog

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Christmas!

My husband, three kids and I were all together for Christmas this year. So nice. Doesn’t happen so often when the kids are grown. We even had a bit of snow for a white Christmas!

We saw Star Wars on Christmas Eve and played Exploding Kittens card game on Christmas! Swedish pancakes for Christmas breakfast, pork loin for Christmas dinner and Mocha Pudding Cake for dessert. We all had a wonderful time together.

My husband and I drove to Illinois on Saturday for our flight home from Chicago on Sunday. Lots of fog and rain. Hard to believe up to 70 when we arrive in Maryland on Sunday.

Television

We caught up on Dr. Who. We don’t get BBC America and my daughter has all the episodes saved so we have watched the current season including the Christmas special. Yay!

The blog

Not much on the blog this week–it was Christmas. I hope to catch up on my commenting next week.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

Radiance by Grace Draven

What I read last week

Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce Lavene & Jim Lavene

“Magic Stars” by Ilona Andrews

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

None

Library books

None

E-books

 Stiff penalty by Annelise Ryan

Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Audiobooks

If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

Tinsel Talk: Favorite Holiday Stories from NPR by National Public Radio

Next Week–home & blog

Back to Maryland on Sunday and lots of catching up at home. Can’t wait to see my cats and spend some one-on-one time with my husband.

Hard to believe 2016 arrives next week!

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Happy 2016
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post: Dec 6

Sunday-PostSunday 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 and blog

December already?

I had a great week in Illinois with my older daughter. We had fun cooking together, talking and just being together. Friday night we drove to Des Moines where I’ll stay with my younger daughter. During the drive we started listening to an audiobook–A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

Christmas-tree
Christmas tree from 2014

We’ve had a good time this weekend. I will be in Des Moines (except for a side trip or two) until after Christmas! My son is flying in for a visit starting tomorrow. He works from home so he can work most anywhere. We meet up with my husband in two weeks. I’m hoping to get some baking and cooking done while I’m here.

The outside of the house is decorated, but we still have decorating to do inside–including putting up the Christmas tree. I love all the decorating and seeing everyone’s outdoor lights.

Television

I watched a lot of NCIS on Netflix this week (and didn’t read much). I’m only up to season 5 so there’s a lot to watch still. I also started watching The Great Holiday Baking Show that’s on during December. Really enjoyed the first episode. I’m also enjoying Elementary.

The blog

I’ve worked on some blog posts for December. I’m also trying to plan for 2016–what challenges I want to sign up for and what my goals are for the year.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

A Darker Side of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh

What I read last week

A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson

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

NetGalley

None

Library books

None

E-books

Hallow Point by Ari Marmell

Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf by Terry Newman

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Jill Mansell

Audiobooks

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Next Week–home & blog

Looking forward to spending time with my daughter and my son. Also catching up on reading.

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post: Nov 29

Sunday-PostSunday 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 and blog

Thanksgiving–Nov 26–here in the U.S. turkey

We were in the Midwest for Thanksgiving. Had a wonderful time with family and friends. Only about 35 people this year, but we had loads of fun and lots of conversation. It poured rain at times during the day so we cancelled some activities, but we managed to get a nice long walk in between rainstorm.

Lots of food as always so it was good we walked!

Time for a road trip

Now my husband and I are in Illinois with one of our daughter’s. I’m going to stay with her for a week and my husband is driving back home to Maryland on Sunday and Monday.

The blog

Not too much activity this week.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson

Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh

What I read last week

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

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

No books this week!

NetGalley

None

Library books

None

E-books

None

Audiobooks

None

Next Week–home & blog

I hope to catch up on my blogging this week while I’m staying with my daughter. She’ll be at work all day so that will give me some time. Next week my daughter and I are driving to Des Moines where I will stay for a couple of weeks with my younger daughter.

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post: May 17

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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

Books

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

Library

None

E-books

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

Audiobooks

None

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: May 10

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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

We took care of our son’s mini dachshund puppy this week and, oh, my gosh he is so cute. 🙂 But I’m Adonis03-0150915exhausted after a week with a puppy. . .LOL. One of the problems is that our house has an open floor plan so it is very hard to keep track of him. He’s not completely housebroken yet so it’s important to keep track! And he spent a lot of time chasing after our cats trying to get them to play (he’s half their size!) So I spent a lot of time chasing him. We also spent a lot of time outside which I enjoyed, but again no fenced yard and we have a pond not far outside our yard with ducks and geese which he was very interested in. So again I had to watch him like a hawk . . . wait . . . a hawk could swoop out of the sky to scoop him up . . . Oh, no!

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Lock In by John Scalzi (audiobook)

Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell

What I read last week

 Nothing finished–no time and too tired!

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

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Library

None

E-books

At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

By Honor Betray’d by Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

Audiobooks

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Digger’s Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor

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 7-14 the two audiobooks available:

For the week May 14-21:

  • Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Next Week

Home & blog

My husband and I are leaving today (Sunday) for Illinois and Iowa. We’ll spend the week in Iowa with one of our daughters and my father-in-law. Then we drive into the Chicago area for our older daughter’s graduation. We fly home to Maryland next Sunday. A great week!

I hope to at least finish a book or two this week and get a little ahead on blog posts!

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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