Sunday Post: March begins and maybe spring?

Sunday-PostKimberly 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

Our son is moving from New York back to the Midwest, but hasn’t decided where he’s going to live yet so he came to our house to store some of his stuff in our basement. He arrived Sunday evening, found a car to buy and then left Wednesday morning on the train to Washington DC (a 28-hour train ride!) We’re taking care of Donnie, our son’s mini Dachshund. He’s a sweet little dog. He sleeps beside me most of the time. When he’s not sleeping he watches at the door for squirrels and birds to chase. Even though it’s icy outside the door he flies across the ice as though it’s not even there. He doesn’t get close to the squirrels, but doesn’t give up!

We had two ice storms plus another that ended up being mostly rain and then a little snow. The ice right outside the back of our house (that you see in the photos) is sticking around because it on the north side of our house and is in shadow all day. However, this next week we are supposed to have several days in the 50s. Yay! That might melt some ice!

Television

We watched the U.S. men’s curling team win lots of games this week culminating in the Gold Medal game and the team won! It was a good game. There have been lots of great events and performances. The two Russian ice skaters who won gold and silver in the women’s figure skating were amazing.

We also finished watching Altered Carbon on Netflix. It’s excellent. Since it was so icy out and it was hard for me to do too much besides reading or watching TV (Donnie needs quite a bit of attention) we also watched several episodes of Murder in Suburbia on Acorn.

Blog

I reworked my About page (renaming it “Who, Why, What and Where”) as well as working on reviews. I downloaded a plugin and created a Blogroll of some of my favorite book blogs. I’m also catching up on commenting on blogs.

Last week
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • March 2018 books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Still choosing

What I read last week

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

Diamond Girl by Julie Mulhern

Rivers of London: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Books I got this week

The Long Way Home by Sabrina Chase

Rivers of London: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel (Graphic Novel, Library)

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (CDs, Library)

What did you do last week?

Sunday Post–snow starts to melt

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

It warmed up this week–upper 40’s–and a lot of our 10 inches of snow melted. On Sunday it’s supposed to get up to 55 degrees! We’re taking care of our daughter’s dogs this weekend since she’s gone for the weekend. They’ve had lots of fun running in the backyard that still has some snow. I got pictures of them chasing each other!

Earlier in the week I saw a couple of wild turkeys in our yard and got a photo of them. Luckily they haven’t come back since the dogs are here. Juneau, the yellow lab, loves to chase the squirrels and she’s come close to catching them. It wouldn’t be good for the turkeys!

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Television

We’re still watching quite a few different Olympic sports and enjoying them. I’m always in awe of the athletes. We watched another episode of Altered Carbon, too. I’m trying to have us just watch a couple of episodes a week so we have the show around for awhile. I think we have three or four episodes left.

Blog

I’ve decided to do some reading challenges this year and I’m excited about them since I didn’t do any last year. However, some of the challenges require reviews so I’ve decided to do mini reviews. I’ll have to see how that works out!

I’ve created an Instagram account and am learning what I have to do for that. Of course, almost all my books are digital–ebooks or audiobooks–so it’s kind of hard to upload photos of my books! But I’ve uploaded a few other photos. I will connect it to my blog sometime this week.

Last week
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • mini review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

What I read last week

Nothing finished

Books I got this week

Diamond Girl by Julie Mulhern

Meddling and Murder by Ovidia Yu

Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt (Kindle Unlimited)

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee (audiobook)

Take Out by Margaret Maron (audiobook)

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (audiobook)

A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook)

P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy (audiobook)

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (library audiobook)

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (library audiobook)

What did you do last week?

Sunday Post: The Olympics Start

Sunday-PostKimberly 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

I’m over my cold and spent a little time sorting books and moving them to a different room. If they’re moved to a different room I must have done something good with them–right?!! I did find a few I plan to donate or take to the used bookstore.

We had more snow this week–an inch here and there plus a little over five inches one day for about 10 inches over the whole week. We bought a snowblower when we first moved here and I’m so glad we did. We have a long steep driveway that no one would be able to drive up if we didn’t have the snowblower. It usually takes about an hour to get the driveway clear even with the snowblower. It was only 4 degrees when I got up Saturday morning to a couple more inches of snow. Luckily we have a good furnace.

Television

My husband and I watched the beginning of the Olympics. So far we’ve seen some biathlon, a little skating, curling and the opening ceremonies. I really enjoy the winter Olympics. We also found a new Netflix show we’re enjoying–Altered Carbon. It’s a science fiction and it’s good. We’re also enjoying the Inspector George Gently series on Acorn. It’s a British police show.

Blog

I’m still feeling my way with my blog since I was away from it for so long. I’m enjoying what I’ve done so far. I’m trying to get a few posts done to have in reserve when I need them.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

I’m a mood reader and I haven’t decided what I’m in the mood for!

What I read last week

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

Books I got this week

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy by Ann Cleeves

Modern Crimes by Chris Nickson

Game Over by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang (Kindle Unlimited)

West Cork by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde (Audible–free to download until May 2018)

What did you do last week?

Sunday Post: August 21

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

This hasn’t been the restful, get things done week I’d hoped for. Our house in Maryland was supposed to close this week and I was looking forward to a celebration. However, at the last moment–just as we were driving to a notary so we could sign our papers we received word from our realtor that the buyers were unable to buy our house since the people who were buying their house weren’t able to get their loan.

We’ve bought and sold a lot of houses during our 30+ years of marriage (moving every three or four years), but we’ve never had one fail that late in the process before. However, it looks like we have other buyers who are interested. It means an extra one to two months of two house payments, but we’re hoping this works out. So even though it doesn’t do any good I’ve been stressed. 😦

Television

We watched a lot of Olympics this week. And at last I got to watch equestrian events! Lots of great athletes in track and field this week, too. It’s amazing to see all the different events and athletes of the summer Olympics, but I’m not sure it’s a good thing for the host city. The host cities always spend a ton of money and a few years later it seems like many of the stadiums, pools and arenas stand empty and are falling apart.

The blog

Since I watched a lot of Olympics to keep my mind off our house sale I didn’t do a lot of blogging or reading or commenting.

Blog posts

  • Sunday Post: August 14
  • Waiting on Wednesday: August 17

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

Moonshadows by Julie Weston

Badlands by C.J. Box

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Next Week–home & blog

My husband is going out-of-town for the week and then we’re meeting at my older daughter’s in Illinois to help her move to a new apartment. She was able to break her lease since she kept finding snakes in her garage and even between her patio door and the cement slab of her patio. The snakes weren’t dangerous, but the apartment management weren’t able to keep them away so they’re letting her leave–much to her relief!

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: August 14

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

We arrived home from our family reunion Tuesday night so I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up all week.

Family Reunion

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The family reunion was wonderful. About 100 people there (even relatives from Ireland) and it was a weekend of catching-up with people, water activities–including the annual “Swim the Lake,” partying, eating and celebrations.

The Annual “Swim the Lake” is very popular especially with the children and we even had a golden retriever in a life jacket. Everyone wears a life jacket and boats go alongside. It’s something to look forward to each year.

Since we celebrated our oldest living relative’s birthday (he’s 90 years old) we had a big party Saturday evening. There was even dancing and a dance instructor to teach dances like the Charleston. Lots of music from the 40’s, too. A very fun time. And even though Bill is 90 he’s very spry and has a great attitude about life.

On Sunday we had a baptism for one of the youngest family members! A beautiful, happy child!

Television

When we watched TV this week we watched the Olympics. I’m always amazed each Olympics to watch sports I seldom see–badminton or ping pong–or some I’ve never seen before (trampoline gymnastics or slalom canoeing). I love the swimming and track and field events, but I wish they would show more equestrienne events.

The blog

My daughter and I listened to an audiobook–Malice in the Palace–on the way to and from Wisconsin. That was a perfect book to listen to. I love the narrator. I managed to read a couple other books, too.

No commenting on other blogs. I need to find out what everyone else has been up to as summer winds down. I hope visiting other blogs will happen soon!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • Lying Dead by Aline Templeton
  • Malice in the Palace by Rhys Bowen
  • The Last Death of Jack Harbin by Terry Shames
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Black Run by Antonio Manzini

Lamb to the Slaughter by Aline Templeton

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.

Only 1 more week of Sync books!

The Sync books available this week (August 11 – 18):

  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby; read by Dan Bittner
  • Classic American Short Stories by O. Henry, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, James Fenimore Cooper; read by William Roberts, Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross

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

A week to catch-up, I hope. Still lots to do around our house–everyday cleaning as well as reorganizing and sorting the things to go to charity since they don’t work in our new house. Still a few boxes of stuff to find a place for!

Lots of reviews to write and schedule and lots of good books to read!

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?

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