Sunday Post: July 3

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.

Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.A.

Several Weeks–home and blog

Missing in Action from blog

I haven’t gotten a Sunday Post posted in about three weeks. The action around here has been wild. In June I had family visits, lots of 90+ degree days and work to get the house ready (in other words, finish unpacking boxes and put things away) before my husband arrived at the end of June.

I fly east for a few hours so I can drive back west to Iowa
sunset on the way west
sunset on the way west

[For those who don’t follow every small action in my life(!) we bought a house in Iowa in preparation for my husband’s early retirement. I moved to Iowa in April, but my husband had to work until the end of June when he could take early retirement. We moved most of our stuff in April, but still had some things to move at the end of June. I decided to fly to Maryland to help with the drive to Iowa. One of our daughters and one of my sisters-in-law also came to help drive our second car and the U-Haul.]

We all had lots of fun and lots of laughs during our drive from Maryland to Iowa, but it was also very tiring. We’ve been in Iowa for a few days now, but I feel like I’m still catching up on sleep.

Des Moines sights and eating

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We have explored Des Moines since my husband has arrived. The Iowa state capitol is a beautiful building and we took a drive around it. There are summer concerts on the lawn so we hope to attend some of those.

Since we had some appointments downtown with government agencies we took the opportunity to check out some restaurants and cafes. One of the thing I love about Des Moines is all the unique restaurants throughout the city and suburbs.

Family celebration

We are having a small family gathering to celebrate my husband’s retirement, his birthday (which was at the end of June) and our country’s birthday. It will be so much fun to have some of our family here–including our three kids–this weekend to celebrate. We plan to barbecue, play games and maybe go to a minor league baseball game. Lots of food and lots of laughs.

The blog

When I decided to take my trip East to Maryland I had mostly run out of extra posts for my blog so very little got posted. I’ve hardly been on the internet for a couple of weeks, but I plan to do more after the first week in July.

Not too much happening on my blog and I haven’t visited many other blogs. I haven’t even picked up my computer for several days in a row (gasp)! And I haven’t had very much time to read either.

Blog posts (since my last Sunday Post)

My books

What I’m reading
  • Borrowing Death by Cathy Pegau
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read the last few weeks
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  • Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

crazy-mountain-kiss

Crazy Mountain Kiss by Keith McCafferty

the-zig-zag-girl

The Zig-Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

battle-cruiser

Battle Cruiser by B.V. Larson

happiness-for-beginners

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

the-rock-hole

The Rock Hole by Reavis Z. Wortham

strictly-analog

Strictly Analog by Richard Levesque

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

The Sync books available this week (June 30 – July 7):

The Sync books available next week (July 7 – July 14):

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

My husband and I still have a lot to do at our house: unpack boxes, figure out where to put things, hang photos plus figure out what we should get rid of! And we’re still trying to sell our house in Maryland. We have an offer, but I don’t know that we will come to an agreement.

I know I will continue to be busy! However, I’m hoping for more time to read and blog and blog hop!

Blog posts

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

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

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: Oct 18

Sunday-PostThe 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 and blog

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Eastern Shore, Maryland  and on to Maine

This week was really short for us. We went to the Eastern Shore in Maryland on Sunday and Monday–got home Monday evening. And we’re leaving Thursday evening to go to the airport since we have an early flight Friday morning to Maine. We’re visiting my husband’s sister and brother-in-law. We’re meeting them on the coast south of Portland so we have another weekend at the beach! This weekend it’s going to be colder with temps in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s. And maybe some rain. It will still be a fun weekend.

What we’re watching

Not too much time for watching TV this week!

Blog

I managed to get posts done and some reading done this week. I finally answered my comments, but haven’t had a chance to visit any other blogs. We aren’t getting home from Maine until Sunday evening so I’m hoping to have my Sunday Post scheduled to post, but won’t get a chance to connect to Kimba’s blog.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

 Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

What I read last week

The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, et al.

Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier

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

NetGalley

None

Library books

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

E-books

Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagain

Audiobooks

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick

Next Week–home & blog

We arrive home from Maine on Sunday evening. We’ve had two busy weekends and a short week so I’m sure I’ll spend quite a bit of time trying to catch up with everything.

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post: Aug 16

rp_sundaypostmeme13.jpgThe 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

My last week with my daughter for awhile and we had lots of fun. Always hard to leave when I’m visiting one of my kids. We drove to eastern Iowa on Friday night to my father-in-law’s home. My husband flew in on Thursday to see his dad and he and I are heading home on Sunday.

I finally finished The Thorn of Dentonhill. It took me about a month to get it read. I had other books to read during that time and I was bogged down in the first third of the book. Glad to finish it! Also posted a couple reviews. I’m getting caught up with my reviews so I feel good about that.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (audiobook)

Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein (audiobook)

What I read last week

Dark Ascension by M. L. Brennan

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca

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

peacemakerJust one book this week!

NetGalley

None

Library books

None

E-books

Peacemaker by Marianne De Pierres

Audiobooks

None

Around the Internetthe-end-of-all-things

An interesting look back at Old Man’s War by John Scalzi on the Tor.com blog.

Many of you know that since I discovered John Scalzi’s books last year I’ve slowly been reading them and loving them. He’s become one of my favorite authors.

Old Man’s War was the first book I read. Recently I read book 2 The Ghost Brigades and I’m reviewing it next week. I’m currently reading The Last Colony and book 6 in the series–The End of All Things–came out this week.

Next Week

Home & blog

My husband and I fly home early Sunday morning so I’ll be back in Maryland and recovering from travel! I know there will be lots of little things and maybe some big things to catch up on. I can’t wait to see my cats!

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • TBR Review: Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy
  • Review: The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
  • Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post: Sep 14

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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

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Scorch
Elf
Elf
Katzi
Katzi

 

 

 

 

 

 

I came home this week after being gone for six weeks! While I was gone I went to a family reunion and then helped one of my daughters with her new puppy. I had a great time, but it’s also great to be home. I missed my husband (and my cats)! My husband wouldn’t pose for a photo so I’m posting pics of the cats! Yes, I’m happy I’m home! (Though I’ve spent a lot of time sleeping–the puppy wore me out…LOL.) By the end of the week it cooled off and I’m hoping Autumn is here. I’m ready for cooler days and colored leaves.

Our son’s birthday is on Monday so we took him to lunch in DC on Saturday. It was great to see him.

I didn’t read much this week (I was sleeping!) I got a few things posted on the blog–tried a new meme…Waiting on Wednesday…that I plan to participate in sometimes.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Bones of the Fair by Andrea K. Höst

What I read this week

Nothing, nada!

E-books 

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E-book from Library

festive-in-deathfree-agentthe-invisible-code

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audiobooks

longbourn
Audiobook from Library

on-what-groundsa-share-in-death

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Week

Home & blog

I have lots of family and friends who have birthdays in the next couple of weeks so I need to make birthday cards for them. I want to read some more and listen to my audiobook from the library.

Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Jhereg by Steven Brust
  • Sunday Post

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