Sunday Post: Back home next week

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

First frost this week and cool and blustery after that.

Indiana

We spent the last week in Indiana. We stayed with our daughter and when she had to go out-of-town we’re watching her dogs for her. My husband spent several days getting leaves off her yard. Most of the leaves have fallen from the two trees I showed last week. Amazing the difference a week can make!

We also celebrated our daughter’s birthday. I made a birthday cake and we had a firepit fire. It was a cool night–so perfect for a fire.

My daughter’s hot water tank started leaking this week. We were glad we were here for a plumber to come and replace the hot water tank. An electrician is also coming to do some work for her while we’re here.

Back home

We’re headed back home in a few days. It will be great for the cats and us to get home again! The new carpet is installed and the driveway work is done so we need to talk to our realtor about what more we still should do to get our house ready to sell and when to put it up for sale.

New kindle

I’ve had a few problems with my Kindle and my cover had started falling apart so it seemed like a great time for a new Kindle. During the Prime Days that Amazon held last week I saw a great deal on a new Kindle. Serendipity!

And I’m loving my new Kindle cover!

Blog Life

It was a busy week so I didn’t get as much done on my blog as planned. No Connect 5 Friday post. And not as much blog visiting as I had planned. I’m planning to work on posts, comments and blog visits the early part of the week before we leave for home. I know it will get busy after we get home. I also want to get a few weeks ahead with posts. We’ll see how that goes!

I got some good books this week so I’m eager to read faster!

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
  • The Bond by Robin Kirk
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall (I haven’t been listening to this as much as I’ve wanted to since I keep getting library audiobooks I need to listen to!)
What I read
  • The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
  • Dead Eye by Alyssa Day
Books I got

What have you got planned for next week? What did you do last week?

Please stay safe. Wear masks.

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: 2020 is just around the corner

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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

It’s kind of hard to believe 2020 is here in a few days. I remember when the new millennium was about to start and we were worried what might happen to the world’s computers. I had though about the year 2000 for a number of years and how old I would be and that a millennium was a big thing. And now suddenly that was 20 years ago. Wow!

Time flies….

It’s a cliche to say that the years go by quicker and quicker as we get older, but just because it’s a cliche doesn’t mean it’s not true. And when I searched for information about “time flying as we get older” I found a Scientific American article that explains this–that our brain encodes new experiences which happen more often when we’re younger, less often when we’re older. Thus, we perceive time going slowly when we’re young and time going faster when we’re older with our older brains–especially when we think about larger periods of time such as a decade or two. This makes sense to me, but I hadn’t put it all together.

Christmas

Our Christmas was wonderful–our family was together and everyone seemed to have a great time together (even all our cats and dogs).

I think we will remember Christmas 2019 as the “jigsaw puzzle Christmas!” We often have a puzzle we’re working on during Christmas, but this Christmas we completed two 500 piece puzzles, a 1,000 piece puzzle and we’re part way done with another 1,000 piece puzzle. I will get a little more done on that puzzle, but since the kids have left I probably won’t work on it too much…lol. We’re staying in Indiana until after New Year’s Day to take care of my daughter’s dogs while she visits some cousins in northern Wisconsin for New Year’s.

Olie and the dogs

My new kitten Olie came with us to Indiana and he’s done very well. He’s a very curious kitten and willing to try almost anything! We have a gate in the hallway to keep him on one side and the dogs on the other side. However, he has figured out that he’s small enough that he can walk through most of the panels which he does even when the dogs are in the living room. This is worrisome to me since one of my daughter’s labs chases squirrels, rabbits and other small animals in the yard. However, Olie isn’t too worried by Juneau and he bats Juneau in the face so that Juneau backs off! Juneau is curious about Olie, but seems to want to play. However, I still closely watch the interactions.

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • My favorite books of 2019
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • January 2020 books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Between Homes by W.R. Gingell
What I read recently
  • Between Frames by W.R. Gingell
  • The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland
Books I got recently

The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan(ebook/purchased)

Why is Nothing Every Simple? by Jodi Taylor (ebook/purchased)

On Her Father’s Grave by Kendra Elliott (Kindle Unlimited)

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

Sunday Post: Christmas in Indiana

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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

We are in Indiana for Christmas. There’s snow on the ground, I’ve made some Christmas cookies, we’ve gone to a fun Christmas Market and my two other kids show up in a couple of days. I managed to get my Christmas cards made, written and mailed before we left home which made me happy. I love this time of year!

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Merry Christmas
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Between Frames by W.R. Gingell
What I read recently
  • The Wise Virgin by Jo Beverley
  • Dark As Night by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod (ebook/purchased)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ebook/purchased)

Deadly Dram by Melinda Mullet (ebook/purchased)

Dark as Night by Katherine Pathak (Kindle Unlimited)

The Dark Fear by Katherine Pathak (Kindle Unlimited)

Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains(Paperback/Library)

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

Sunday Post: It’s already the middle of December!

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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’m having trouble keeping up with how fast December days are speeding by! Still so many things I want to do since I love Christmas. I have to realize I may not get everything done. The most important thing for me is to spend time with my family at this time of the year. And that’s what I need to remember and focus on.

We went looking at Christmas lights last night and I was able to get a few photos. It’s a ritual we always try to do sometime before Christmas. I love to see how people have decorated. It gets dark so early these days that seeing the decorations and lights is so cheering.

Other than playing with my new kitten I don’t feel like I’ve gotten very much done. (Playing with Olie is great fun and he and Elf are starting to play together.) I did do some reading since Olie like to help me read! I’m trying to read some Christmas books before Christmas. This is about the only time of the year I still read a few historical romances. And I’m still trying to finish Christmas cards to get in the mail on Monday or Tuesday!

Christmas in Indiana

We’re spending Christmas in Indiana and traveling there at the end of this week. It’s much easier for our kids to get to Indiana so that’s where we’re spending Christmas this year. We’re bring our kitten with us, my son is bringing his mini dachshund, our Illinois daughter is bringing her cat and our Indiana daughter whose house we’re invading has two dogs so we will have quite the full house of humans and animals!

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Wise Virgin by Jo Beverley
What I read recently
  • Crash Point by John Carson
  • Borderline by Janet Edwards
  • The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Books I got recently

Borderline by Janet Edwards (ebook/purchased)

A Study in Gold by Annie Dalton (ebook/purchased)

Shamus Dust. Hard Winter. Cold War. Cool Murder by Janet Rogers (ebook/purchased)

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey (Hardcover/Library)

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

Sunday Post: A kitten arrives

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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’ve had a bad cold ever since Thanksgiving. I think all the kids passed on their germs! I’m finally starting to feel better. However, between getting a kitten and sneezing and coughing I didn’t get very much done last week! And no Sunday Post last Sunday.

I can’t quite believe there are only two and a half weeks until Christmas! I have so much I want to do so I hope I get my mojo back after this cold and get busy. I love Christmas and that’s what I want to concentrate on (and the kitten, of course!)

Thanksgiving–new & old traditions

We returned from Thanksgiving last weekend. This year our Thanksgiving was all about beginning a new tradition as well as continuing some of our old traditions. Thanksgiving in our family had been celebrated for over 50 years at my father-in-law’s home in Iowa. This was a celebration of a large extended family which continues to grow larger as the family expands. Some years 40 family and friends attended and a few years over 100 family and friends attended. Every other year is usually a “small” year (with some family attending their in-laws thanksgivings) and the other year everyone who can attends.

My father-in-law died over a year ago and his house was sold so the Thanksgiving location changed this year to Indianapolis, Indiana where both my daughter my niece and her family live. My niece has a large home and she and her husband love to entertain so they want to begin a new Thanksgiving tradition in Indiana. This was a small year since we only had about 35 people. Next year will be bigger though some of the people who came to Iowa may decide not to come to Indiana. We’ll just have to see what happens.

Olaf

My other news is that I’ve gotten a new kitten. He is a ragdoll blue point kitten. (I didn’t talk about it much at the time, but one of my cats–Scorch–died last summer. I’ve missed her a lot and my other cat–Elf–missed having a companion.)

I’ve named him Olaf and am calling him Olie (pronounced “oh-lee”) for a nickname. I decided to pick a Norwegian name since part of my family came from Norway in the 1800’s. He’s a darling, mischievous, very active kitten…lol. We haven’t had a kitten in the house for quite a few years and I had forgotten how they love to test boundaries and how active and fearless they are.

Elf isn’t a fan at the moment. (She’s rethinking the whole wanting a friend thing!) She hisses when he gets too close, but Olie follows her around and keeps trying to make friends. He’s persistent and I think he’ll persevere…lol.

Blog Life

No Sunday Post last week.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Crash Point by John Carson
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (I had to return this to the library and put it on hold again so I’m weeks away from finishing it) 😦
What I read recently
  • Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene
  • Pirate Bound by Carysa Locke
  • A Dark Shadow by Katherine Pathak
  • Sign Off by Patricia McLinn
Books I got recently

Lots of good books on sale the last couple of weeks!

A Better Man by Louise Penny (ebook/purchased)

Written in Red by Annie Dalton (ebook/purchased)

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths (ebook/purchased)

A Death in Eden by Keith McCafferty (ebook/purchased)

Left Hanging by Patricia McLinn (ebook/purchased)

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (ebook/purchased)

The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan (ebook/purchased)

Crash Point by John Carson (Kindle Unlimited)

Between Homes by W.R. Gingell (Kindle Unlimited)

Stone and a Hard Place by R.L. King (Kindle Unlimited)

Blind Search by Paula Munier (Hardcover/library)

Dead Blow by Lisa Preston (Hardcover/library)

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

Sunday Post: Fun in Indiana

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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’m having fun in Indiana with my daughter. We did a mini road trip south of Indianapolis last Sunday and it was so much fun. Beautiful area with rolling hills, lots of trees and autumn leaves. The leaves had mostly fallen from the trees, but it was still pretty. Apparently it’s a very popular area in October when the leaves are changing and still in the trees.

I’ve worked on cards during the week while my daughter is at work as well as doing some cooking. And taking the dogs out and throwing lots of balls! There was snow one day during the week and then it got very cold–down towards zero degrees Fahrenheit. It’s warmed up a little and with the sun the snow has melted.

This weekend my older daughter is visiting as well as a cousin and her teenage daughter. The teenage daughter is playing soccer with her team so a group of us relatives are watching her play both days. Brings back memories of my kids playing soccer. Both the games we are watching she has played inside in a huge complex with three indoor fields!

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
What I read recently
  • Thread Herrings by Lea Wait
Books I got recently

The Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell (ebook/purchased)

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie (ebook/Library)

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (audiobook/library)

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

Sunday Post: To Indiana

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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 drove to Indiana yesterday to spend the rest of the month with my daughter. We’re having Thanksgiving in Indiana this year. My niece and her family are hosting it, but my daughter is helping and I’ll assist. I came a little earlier than planned, but my my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were coming this weekend and I hitched a ride with them. It’s their daughter who’s hosting Thanksgiving. She’s also 35 weeks pregnant so my sister-in-law is staying until after Thanksgiving to help her.

My daughter and I have cooking projects planned as well as a number of activities. Today we’re planning to drive to a little town south of here to explore the area. I’m also excited to spend time with my grandpups! Bailey and Juneau are such fun, sweet dogs.

Blog Life

Last week

Sunday Post: First snow of the season

Tell Me Something Tuesday: My favorite genres

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Thread and Buried by Lea Wait

Review: Critically Endangered by N.S. Austin

Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Thread Herrings by Lea Wait
What I read recently
  • Slayer by Kiersten White
  • Against a Dark Sky by Katherine Pathak
  • On a Dark Sea by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

On a Dark Sea by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

A Dark Shadow Falls by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene (KindleUnlimited)

Bark! The Herald Angels Sing by Roxanne St. Claire (ebook/purchased)

Santa Paws is Coming to Town by Roxanne St. Claire (ebook/purchased)

Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait (ebook/purchased)

The Dime by Kathleen Kent (ebook/purchased)

Before It Breaks by Dave Warner (ebook/purchased)

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

Sunday Post: Back home

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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’m loving the autumn weather though most of our trees aren’t showing much color. There are trees around that have pretty colors, but I’ve heard this isn’t the best year for autumn color in our part of Iowa. And the trees in our yard don’t usually turn spectacular colors. Some trees are losing their leaves without even turning color.

Home

The party hosted last weekend was lots of fun and my husband did lots of yard work for my daughter since we planned to spend most of the day outside. My husband even built a new fire pit for her.

Of course, the day before the party it was 70 degrees, but the day of the party it only got to 50 degrees. However, the sun was shining and we had a bonfire all day so we all stayed warm. It was a fun day. One of most enjoyed activities was painting canvases with acrylic paint. Movies were planned to show outside, but by the time it got dark it was getting way too cold and most people wanted to go inside.

My daughter’s dogs loved having everyone at the party. They got to hang out with everyone and Juneau who loves to retrieve balls had people to throw the ball for her all day long and she just kept bringing the ball back for more! The cutest times were when my niece’s daughters threw the ball. The youngest one is in the above picture. She was dressed as a fairy princess (even came to the party wearing sunglasses!) She had picked out her clothes to wear and was happy to be the princess! She was so cute with Juneau and Juneau was wonderful with her–didn’t jump on her or try to grab the ball from her. Juneau is a rescue dog and my daughter spent a lot of time teaching her not to grab the ball or jump when someone had it in their hand.

Home again

We arrived home on Monday and have spent the week recuperating. But what a great time for all of us!

Television

I’ve started watching Stumptown–one of the new 2019 TV series. It’s on ABC. I’m liking it. It stars Cobie Smulders (who played Robin in How I Met Your Mother).

I’m also enjoying the new season of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix.

Blog life

We were so busy during the week before the party and that weekend that I didn’t do much on my blog and I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last week.

Recent posts

Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
What I read recently
  • No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
Books I got recently

Netted by S.J. Higbee (ebook/purchased)

Creed by Celina Grace (ebook/purchased)

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett (ebook/purchased)

Doing Time by Jodi Taylor (ebook/purchased)

Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Kindle Unlimited)

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths (Kindle Unlimited)

Echoes in the Sand by Shannon Baker (Kindle Unlimited)

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (ebook/library)

The Long Call By Ann Cleeves (audiobook/library)

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (audiobook/Chirp)

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

Sunday Post: Mid September, but still hot

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little my personal life last week

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

Labor Day is over, kids are back in school–and now it’s mid September!

We had cooler weather last week , but next week the temperatures are forecast to be close to 90 degrees. I love the cooler temperatures of fall so I’m looking forward to more cool weather!

Back from Indiana

I spent a week in Indiana visiting one of my daughters and got back during the middle of this week. I had lots of fun visiting with her and her two Labrador retrievers. They are such fun happy dogs. (And my daughter is pretty fun, too…lol)

Chicago wedding

This next week we’re driving to Chicago for a niece’s wedding. It will be fun to see lots of family members and see our niece and her fiance get married. They seem very happy!

Blog life

You may have noticed that during the last month my blog was gone for a few days and then back and then may have disappeared again. It’s finally back though I do still have a few things to tweak.

I spent a lot of time over the last month deciding whether to keep my self-hosted blog or to try to move the blog to WordPress.com. I wrote a post about that earlier in the week. I published a number of posts this week and am working on more posts for the future. It feels good to be back.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Night Raven by Sarah Painter
What I read recently
  • Craks in a Marriage by Barbara Barrett
  • A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • Bright Shards by Meg Pechenick
  • The White Shepherd by Annie Dalton
  • The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
Books I got recently

Last Boat to Camden Town by Paul Charles (Kindle Unlimited)

Poor Man’s Flight by Elliott Kay (Prime)

Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn

A Shot in the Dark by Matthew Costello

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week? Are you looking forward to autumn or mourning because summer is nearly gone?