Sunday Post: Spring is coming…haha!


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

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We’re having another round of very cold weather…-5 when I got up this Sunday morning and a wind chill of -16. Supposed to be even colder tonight. At least we only got a smidgen of snow–most of it went south of us this time.


My husband and I have stayed in a lot this week since it’s cold and we still have snow on the ground still. (And we both were tired of usual activities.) So we decided to play cribbage Saturday night. We hadn’t played cribbage for a while. We even had to review the rules again! My husband almost always wins, but I was 30 points ahead going into the final lap so I thought I had a good chance. But, no, it was not to be–he won that game and the second game we played. 😦 But we had lots of fun and lots of laughs.

Daughters in Illinois and Indiana and then Chicago and orchids and St. Patrick’s Day…Oh, My!

At the end of the week we’re going to visit our two daughters–one in Illinois and one in Indiana. All sorts of fun in both places and then the next weekend we’re driving to Chicago to visit my husband’s sister. She has all sorts of great things planned for us–10,000 orchids at the botanical gardens, a Choir of Men concert and St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday and since we’re in Chicago I’m sure that is going factor into our activities…lol.

Travelling cats

Our two cats are travelling with us and then vacationing with our Illinois daughter! We’ve had a couple of bad experiences with two different pet sitters. Once when I’d asked the pet sitter not to open any closed doors we found one of our cats in a room (supposedly closed) when we arrived home. She is my cat who often hides and sometimes a stranger ( aka pet sitter) may not see her at all. She wasn’t closed in the room too long since there were no messes, but I couldn’t trust that pet sitter or that company after that. Our cats ride quite well in a cat carrier in the car so that is our best choice at the moment.

Blog life

I wrapped-up the Puppy Love challenge by reading six books and reviewing two of them during February. I also posted a review of Splintered Silence I read in December about two Marine veterans–a dog handler and her K-9 dog–both injured by an IED and suffering from PTSD.

I read seven books and reviewed four books in February–not a very good record, but at least I did that much! February was a busy month with various appointments, snow, cold and my daughter visiting for a week.

Recent posts
Next week
  • March 2017 books on my list
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (book had to go back to library a couple of weeks ago–I’m on hold again!)
What I read recently
  • Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards
  • Doggirl by Robin Brande
Books I got recently

Doggirl by Robin Brande

Gabriel & Mr. Death by Susan J. Kroupa

Old Bones by Cynthia by Harrod-Eagles

Next of Kin by James Tucker (Amazon Prime free read)

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Audiobook)

The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush (Audiobook)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (library)

Watcher in the Woods by Kelly Armstrong (library)

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

Beyond the Books–what I’ve won


Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted at Kissin’BlueKaren. Beyond the Books is a weekly meme of mostly non-bookish topics. Share the link to your blog post at her site and we all have fun learning about each other. For more information and future topics.

I’ve decided to do the Beyond the Books meme sometimes, because I like finding out more about other bloggers. It’s fun to share a few non-bookish things about ourselves. This week the topic is something(s) we won.

I don’t win things very often. I don’t think I’m very lucky, but also I don’t enter many drawings for books or other things. When I do enter it’s usually for a book and it’s because I’m really excited about the book.


The only time I’ve won a book was five or six years ago when I won an ARC on the Dear Author site. Because there were so many entries, however, I didn’t get the ARC I was excited about. Instead I received an ARC for a book and author I’d never heard of…lol! I must admit I never read it.

I also won a $5 gift card from Amazon a year or so ago at Anya’s blog On Starships and Dragonwings

Godiva Liqueurgodiva-liqueur

Once I won a bottle of Godiva liqueur at a Christmas party raffle! That was fun. I used the liqueur for 10 or 15 years to make a Christmas cookie (see my recipe for Mocha-Chocolate Crinkles. I’ve finally run out of the liqueur and I should buy another bottle because I think the cookies tasted a little better when I used it.

Swedish Embroidery–Ribbons

Swedish embroidery example

I have to go back to my teenage years when I won something based on something I did! I learned to do Swedish embroidery (also called huck embroidery) and entered some of the embroidery I made in the County Fair. I won some ribbons for that. I don’t have any photos of my embroidery and don’t even know if I still have the pieces I made. However, this picture shown on one of Suzette Neal’s Pinterest boards is an illustration of one of the designs I made.


What have you won? Are you a lucky person who wins lots of things?