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.
2020 was a difficult year. I’m hoping for better things during 2021. But maybe that’s going to take some time.
I made a Shutterfly calendar for my brother for Christmas and I liked it so much I ordered calendars for myself, my kids and my niece. The calendar had pictures of my parents–mostly from when they were young. The front of the calendar has a photo of the house where my brother and I grew up in Oregon. We all loved the house so much. My dad took a small, old house with no plumbing and rebuilt it adding plumbing and electricity. They moved to the house when I was a baby and I remember when I was a child there was a table saw in our living room since my dad worked on the house after work and on weekends.
We had a quiet, simple Christmas with multiple FaceTime meetings throughout the day with our kids and other family members.
Between Christmas and New Year’s we had a snowstorm with almost 10 inches of snow. The snow is still around. Our backyard is on the north side of our house so we still have a lot of snow back there.
Preparations for move
During these months my husband and I sold some of our furniture and other items. We’ve continued to find things to throw away, give away and things we want to take with us. My husband’s goal each week is to fill the garbage and recycling bins!
We are doing this move ourselves so we’ve started boxing what we won’t need for a few months.
We’re moving some furniture to one of our daughter’s homes next week. Since we’re renting a truck to do that we’re also taking boxes we’ve packed so far.
Once we finish packing as much as we can we will finish decluttering the house. All the pictures need to come off the walls, all the clutter packed away and massive cleaning plus some painting and any repairs that need to be done. We hope to be done with all that by the end of February so the house can go on the market in March.
Our new house
The builders finally “broke ground” on our house in the last week of December. They poured the foundation this week and hopefully can start the building soon. We’re hoping we can move into our new house by May.
I didn’t post much in November and December. Just too much stress, so I mostly stayed away from the internet. I did do a lot of reading in 2020–120 books…beating my Goodreads goal by 30 books!
The first two books I read in 2021 were both books I read when the books were first published–one in 2001 and the other in 1993. I don’t reread books very often, but I enjoyed rereading these in 2021–mostly because I didn’t remember all the details!
- Sunday Post: Christmas nearly here
- Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Hiding Place by Paula Munier
- January 2021 books on my list
Posts for next week
- What I read in 2020
- Can’t Wait Wednesday
- My favorite 2020 books
- My five favorite new authors in 202o
- Sunday Post
What I’m reading
- No Past Forgiven by Valerie Keogh
Books I read last week
- The Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
- Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
A few books I got recently
- Plan for the Worst by Jodi Taylor (ebook, Christmas gift)
- The Marriage Code by Brooke Burroughs (ebook, Christmas gift)
- A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair (ebook, Christmas gift)
- The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (ebook,Christmas gift)
- The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (ebook, purchased)
- Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet (ebook, purchased)
- The Hive Queen by Robin Kirk (ebook, purchased)
What are you hoping for in 2021? What are you planning for next week?