Sunday Post: A trip to Illinois

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

Olaf sleeping on my lap this morning

I’ll be gone most of today since we’re going to visit our daughter in Illinois. I probably won’t get a chance to visit any blogs until tomorrow. We’re taking Olaf with us because we’re going to be gone over Labor Day weekend as is our daughter. She has gotten a pet sitter for her cat which Olaf will share! I haven’t found a pet sitter here yet.

Our new house is part of a group of houses built in the last few years from farm fields. There are still farms and fields around us, but more and more houses are being built. However, the above farm is one that is only moments away from our house. I love the red barn in that photo. And behind our house are several small properties that keep chickens and even a donkey! It makes me sad that most of the fields will be gone in the next few years so that houses can be built. This town is growing like crazy!

My orchids are loving all the light we have in our new house. I’ve had two of them rebloom already. I need to repot a couple of others. I love all the windows and light we have and am looking forward to the change of season when the light will be different in the house. I love every season and the changes that come every season.

My husband and I are getting out and about, but we stay outside as much as possible. We went to one of our favorite coffee and breakfast places. One of the things I love–besides the coffee and food–is the wrap-around deck where we can sit outside and enjoy the outdoors. On the day that we stopped by it rained, but a portion of the deck is under a roof so that even though it poured down rain we stayed dry! We have even gone to our niece’s kids’ soccer games which brings back memories of when our kids were playing soccer.

Blog

I enjoyed visiting blogs and catching up last week on what everyone has been doing during the summer. As I mentioned we’re going to be gone some next week. I won’t visit many blogs or comment, but I am getting a couple of posts scheduled. The one I won’t get done is next Sunday’s Sunday Post.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • September 2021 books on my list

My books

What I’m reading
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor
Books read last week
  • Dead Blow by Lisa Preston
  • Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing
  • Smokescreen by Dick Francis
New books

What did you do last week and what do you plan to do this week?

Sunday Post: End of Summer

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

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the United States. This signals the end of summer–kids going back to school and all the activities start up again. I love fall, but it seems to just fly by and before I know it Christmas is past and it’s another new year.

August is over

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August was a busy month and I didn’t do a whole lot of blogging or even very much reading. But we did go to a family reunion in northern Wisconsin, to the Iowa State Fair, traveled a couple of hours south to see the total eclipse, a baseball game (complete with fireworks) as well as other summer activities. Now we’re taking care of my daughter’s two dogs while she’s on vacation in Alaska. She gets home on Tuesday. She’s been sending us beautiful pictures. She’s done a lot of fishing and has caught salmon and halibut and seen lots of whales.

Television

I’ve watched several shows mostly on Amazon Prime, Acorn and Netflix: Vera (A British mystery series), Hamish MacBeth (a humorous mystery series set in Scotland), Endeavor (Masterpiece Mystery on PBS), Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West (Amazon Prime–set in Manitoba, Canada where two couples try to live on the Canadian prairie like 1870’s homesteaders), Blood and Water (Amazon Prime about a homicide detective investigating her first homicide as lead detective) and Father Brown (on Netflix). I like all of these except Blood and Water which didn’t wow me. I watched three episodes and probably won’t watch any more.

Blogging

I’m hoping to keep to a more regular blogging schedule and hope to get reviews done. I plan to write mostly mini reviews like I wrote on yesterday–Putting the mystery into historical. We’ll see how that goes since I haven’t managed to do much blogging lately.

August Blog posts
Next week
  • Reviews
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine

What I’ve read

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrota

Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund

Some books I got in August (from the library, Kindle Unlimited, Audible, Amazon)

My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (Kindle Unlimited)

One Last Lesson by Iain Cameron (Kindle Unlimited)

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrota (library)

Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund (library)

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine (library)

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey (library)

The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth (library)

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (library)

Starfire: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth (ebook)

Darktown by Thomas Mullen (ebook)

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage (audiobook)

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 31

 

Happy Labor Day to everyone in the U. S.

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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!

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Last Week

Home & blog

My sister-in-law and father-in-law came for a short visit Sunday afternoon–just time for a house tour, meet Bailey and have lunch. That was fun!

We drove to eastern Iowa Friday night for the Labor Day weekend to visit my father-in-law. My husband and older daughter met us there. We’re all having a good time. Bailey has a huge backyard to play in and a new house to explore. It’s great to see all the family members. I’m spending another 10 days or so in Iowa with my daughter and Bailey.bailey-082714

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

What I read this week

Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

E-books & Audiobooks bought (or free)

Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn

Small Favor by Jim Butcher (from the public library)

The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas

Audiobooks

 I bought many Audible books this week during the First Anniversary Sale of Daily Deals. 100 books were for sale at the Daily Deal price–up to $5.95 per book.

Some of the books I bought: Persuader by Lee Child; Hyperion by Dan Simmons; Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth and The No. 1 Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

Next Week

Home & blog

Bailey begins puppy kindergarten this week and goes to the vet to get microchipped so we’ll have a busy week!

COYER Summer Vacation ends this week so I’m trying to get my reviews posted before the end of the reading challenge.

Posts

  • September books on my radar . . .
  • Review: Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexander
  • Review: John Golden: Freelance Debugger by Django Wexler
  • Review: The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
  • Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
  • Sunday Post

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