Sunday Post: To Michigan and back

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

We’ve had lots of fall weather this last week! Cool temperatures and some rain at times.

Only one of my daughters was able to go to Michigan this week. We were sorry Kate (my older daughter) couldn’t get away from work, but Karen (my younger daughter) and I had a great time together. And Kate has come to visit us for a long weekend. She has to go home Monday or Tuesday.

Michigan

Karen and I left Wednesday morning for southwestern Michigan. The drive took about three hours since we made a few stops along the way. We couldn’t check into our airbnb until later in the afternoon so it was great to take our time and enjoy the drive.

We took one of Karen’s dogs, Bailey with us. Her yellow lab Juneau doesn’t always get along with other dogs. (She was bitten by another dog a few years ago when she was in doggy day care so she’s afraid.) Bailey had a wonderful time being the only dog for a change and Juneau was spoiled by my husband!

I hadn’t been to this part of Lake Michigan before. And it’s beautiful. Lots of cute towns, beaches and autumn foliage. I’m sure it’s very crowded in the summer since those cute little towns have some nice restaurants, gift stores, beaches and views. We found a couple of bookstores and bought some books plus we found places we could take Bailey. One brewery allowed dogs because they didn’t serve food so that was nice. Bailey loved it since everyone wanted to pet her.

The above slideshow shows some of our sights during the weekend. We had some wind and rain, but that made the waves on Lake Michigan fun to watch. It didn’t rain constantly so we got out for walks with Bailey who didn’t mind getting wet at all! We got home Friday afternoon. We had a great time and plan to visit again.

Weekend cooking

On Saturday Kate made a birthday crepe cake for her sister’s birthday since she hadn’t been here to celebrate earlier in the month. It was so fun to watch her put together the cake. While the cake was chilling we played cards. The cake tasted so good. It was a fun day.

Blog

I managed to visit a few book blogs and made a few comments before we left for Michigan on Wednesday morning. It’s always nice to see what people are doing and what they’re reading.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis
  • The Good Son by Dustin Stevens
Books read
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens
New books

What did you do last week? What are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: Mid October

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

Finally, some true Autumn weather! The temperature this morning was a little below 40 degrees! Coldest temps since mid May.

My daughter took her dogs for a walk this week to enjoy the Autumn weather.

Short trip to Michigan

This next week my daughters and I are taking a short trip to southern Michigan along Lake Michigan for an Autumn break. I think it will be so much fun. We’re staying on a small farm in an airbnb. There will be chances to go on walks and spend time learning more about the area.

My cardmaking

I’ve been working on cards for family and friends. So much fun to make cards again. I still have some organizing to get done in my craft room, but when I want to make cards I can do so. I’m hoping to make fall and Halloween cards this next week and also get started on Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. I always mean to make Christmas cards throughout the year, but it doesn’t usually happen!

Partial picture of Olaf this week

That’s Olaf almost totally underneath a recliner! (He weighs 15 pounds, but he was squeezing himself under.) I thought he was after one of his toys, but when I moved the chair a big spider ran out with Olaf in pursuit.

Blog

I forgot to post my Can’t Wait Wednesday last week even though it was ready. I’ve decided to schedule as many of my posts as I can so I don’t keep forget about them.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens
Books read
  • Crash Land on Kurai by S.J. Pajonas
  • Dark Enough to See by Katherine Pathak
New books

What did you do last week?

TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

geared-for-the-graveGeared for the Grave
by Duffy Brown
Series: The Cycle Path Mysteries #1
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Published by Berkley, 2014
E-book, purchased
288 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan…

Before I could answer, two handlebars fell of the wall, crashing to the ground, an owl hooted three times, the lights blinked on and off, and a rooster crowed somewhere in the distance. The woman clutched the gold shamrock around neck, her eyes big as goose eggs. “Great day in the morning and blessed be Saint Patrick!” She kissed the shamrock. “How can it be you’re still alive?”

and

“You’re jumpy?” Sutter took a step back and laughed. “Oh, that’s rich. Got any idea the impact you’re having on the rest of us around here? We passed jumpy two days ago. The whole island’s destined for Prozac.”

Cheers

  • I haven’t found too many cozy mysteries I like. Most are too silly or too sweet for me–not that I like gruesome murders, but I like a little more realism.
  • I’m not sure how realistic this book was, but I liked it a lot.
  • The characters are fun to read about–Rudy the murder suspect and Mark Twain look-alike; Fiona editor of the Town Crier; Bunny snooty owner of a house on the bluffs; Chicago aka Evie Bloomfield; Irish Donna owner of Blarney Scones and many more.
  • The mystery is pretty good. (I didn’t figure out who did it until the end!)
  • I like the setting–Mackinac Island, Michigan–a lot. That’s the reason I bought the book. I’ve wanted to visit the island ever since I read about it years ago so this was the next best thing for me. I like that transportation around the island is by bike, foot or horse.
  • I’m not sure how an author writes about a real place like this. The island is quite small and has only about 150 permanent residents. I would think those people wouldn’t be too happy about the book unless it’s not very realistic! I don’t live there so I don’t care about that!
  • I love the humor in the book.

Jeers

  • I don’t have any!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is my TBR read for the month of April. This challenge is hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian The April challenge is to read a contemporary book. Geared for the Grave is a contemporary cozy mystery.
  • I managed to finish this book the morning of the challenge so I barely completed the challenge this month!
  • I plan to read more mysteries by Duffy Brown. I really enjoyed this book and I really want to visit Mackinac Island now!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

Duffy Brown is the author of two cozy mystery series: Consignment Shop Mystery series (set in Savannah, Georgia) and the new Cycle Path Mystery series (set on Mackinac Island, Michigan).

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge–hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • TBR Challenge–hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit)