Sunday Post: Maybe snow today

weekly meme to talk about books and 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 mailed our absentee ballots last week. I hope everyone in the U.S. has voted or has plans to vote on or before November 3.

Our first hard freeze came last week. But our third snow of the season is forecast for later today and tomorrow. Last week there was a small amount of snow on Sunday and a little more snow on Monday. Only 10 miles north of where we live there was nine inches of snow! Of course, my husband and I weren’t here for the first two snow events so we have to be content with the third!

Good to be home and back to a routine

We drove home a few days ago and I was happy to see that our Autumn Gold Helianthus is still blooming even through the snows and cold weather. Elf and Olaf are happy to get home and happy to be rid of our old pink carpet. It’s good to get back into some routines–up early and read, a little computer time and then on with the day.

It was great to see my daughters and I am so appreciative of the help they gave us especially with our cats when our new carpet was put in. So far we’ve done a lot of errands–picking up and going through our mail, mailing our absentee ballots and seeing that they’ve arrived at our county election office, mailing birthday cards, taking books to the library, grocery shopping.

Next week we start more sorting!

Furniture

I found a furniture consignment shop and they suggested sending photos of furniture we wanted to consign. Shortly after sending the photos they sent a text saying they weren’t interested in any of our furniture…lol. I thought that at least our wood dining room table would interest them, but maybe they don’t want wood or maybe our furniture isn’t as nice as I thought! Perhaps we can donate some of the furniture to the Habitat for Humanity Restore. That will be a project to check on next week.

Blog Life

I’m working on writing blog posts and scheduling them ahead of time. I’d like to stay at least a month ahead if I can. That way as I get busy with holiday activities in the next couple of months I can add more end-of-year posts. Also I have a list of books I’d like to read before the end of the year including library books that have to be returned after three weeks even if I haven’t read them. Plus I’m hopeful I will get caught up on visiting other blogs!

Posted last week
Post for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
  • Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall (I haven’t listened to this as much as I’ve wanted since I keep getting library audiobooks I need to listen to!)
What I read
  • The Bond by Robin Kirk
  • Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
Books I got

What have you got planned for next week? What did you do last week?

Please stay safe. . . Wear masks when necessary. . . Plan to VOTE!

Sunday Post: After the caucus

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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 had a tiny bit more snow, but also a few sunny days above freezing. However, our north facing backyard is still filled with snow!

The last two weeks in pictures
Iowa Caucus

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the Iowa Caucus and what a fiasco that was. It was my first caucus (we moved to Iowa three years ago) and I volunteered to help people sign-in. It was very interesting since it’s so different from just voting for a candidate, but it was also chaotic. We were in a middle school gymnasium and it was very loud. The precinct captain didn’t have a sound system so it was very hard to hear what anyone was saying.

After we finished caucusing we went home and that’s when we heard there was some kind of problem though on Monday night no one knew what the problem was. Now almost a week later and Iowa has provided numbers, but news organizations have found some inconsistencies and still don’t feel confident to call a winner. My takeaway from this is that maybe Iowa needs to just vote and do away with the caucus system!

Elf and Olaf

Elf and Olaf (Olie) are getting along better. Olaf was neutered this week. He’s five months old so I’m glad he hadn’t started spraying. He weighs almost nine pounds!

Other activities

Now that the caucuses are over life is getting back to a more normal level. We went out one evening to a cabaret performance. The singer was great. We also got away one evening and played dominoes at our local brewery. Lots of fun though my husband beat me even though (because) he drew 22 tiles and then was able to block me several times!

We had lunch at our botanical garden cafe. Again, lots of fun! The botanical garden dome is wonderful in the winter since it’s warm and all the plants are green and growing! Some are blooming and there’s even an area with cactus! On the way to the botanical gardens and along the Des Moines River is the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens with an Asian pavilion as the main feature. Ray was an Iowa governor (1969-1983) and the first public official anywhere in the United States to offer the Vietnamese “Boat People” a safe haven as well as sending food and medicine to Cambodia and helping keep the Tai Dam of Laos intact as a people and a culture by making it possible for them to resettle in Iowa.

Blog Life

In January I read 16 books–much higher than my average of 7 or 8! Several of the books were short so that factored in, but I also read some very good ones which I flew through. In February, I’ve already abandoned two books–one at 36% and the other at 25%–because I decided they just weren’t what I wanted to read right now. They were depressing me and I want to enjoy my reading.

Last two weeks
Next week
  • February 2020 books on my list
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
  • Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
What I read recently
  • Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
  • Girls of the Dark by Katherine Pathak
  • House of Teeth by Dan Jolley
  • Blind Search by Paula Munier
  • The Island by Ragnar Jonasson
Books I got recently

Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan (ebook, purchased)

Some of the Best from Tor.com:2019 Edition by Elizabeth Bear, Siobhan Carroll, John Chu, Greg Egan,et al (ebook, purchased)

The World of Cork O’Connor by William Kent Kreuger (ebook, purchased)

Girls of the Dark by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

Fashion Goes to the Dogs by Peggy Gaffney (KindleUnlimited)

The Body on the Beach by Anna Johannsen (KindleUnlimited)

A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (ebook/library)

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (audiobook/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Are you planning anything for Valentine’s Day?

Sunday Post: A musical, a deer and more snow

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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

It warmed up some this week. The temperatures stayed around freezing all week, but we still got a little more snow each day and since it was overcast little or no melting. Some of the side roads are still packed snow and ice. Some parking lots are slushy snow. Of course there are mounds of snow everywhere, too. For the most part I haven’t had any problems getting around town though I didn’t go out all that much. (I did almost get stuck in A Starbucks drive through since it was solid, bumpy ice!)

Adore Us! Line (a caucus parody of A Chorus Line)

Saturday night my husband and I went to a musical parody showing the Presidential candidates begging for Iowa voters. The opening song, a parody of the song “I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line was great. The whole parody was so well done. I especially loved that the Pete Buttigieg character was played by a very talented 9th grade boy! We stayed afterward for a question-and-answer period with the actors and author of the parody. (The above picture shows the stage during the q-and-a session.)

Elf and Olie

Elf and Olie are getting along better though Olie still chases Elf and tackles her sometimes which leads to swiping of paws, yowling and much indignation. She often acts like a grumpy old lady with a toddler she can’t get rid of.

We did have a scare with Olie one day. We have closed him up in a bathroom at night so he could eat, stay out of mischief and to give Elf a break. That morning he came out of the bathroom limping. As the day went on he began hopping on three legs, sleeping most of the time and putting little weight on his paw. We called our vet and got him in that afternoon. We thought maybe he’d landed wrong when he jumped from the bathroom counter. However, an x-ray of his leg showed no broken bone. (Thank goodness.) However, his leg was swollen so they surmised that in the scuffles with Elf she may have snagged his leg with a claw or her teeth. He got antibiotics, pain killers and other medicine. When we got home he slept for an hour and I guess the pain killers kicked in because he was running after Elf as though nothing was wrong! The next morning he was limping again. However, Olie is fine now and perhaps doesn’t jump on Elf quite as much. Maybe?!?

Cleaning and allergies

Good news? I’m over my cold. Bad news? I’m still having more allergies than I’ve had for the past year or so which is irritating, but usually the runny nose and sinus headache goes away after a couple hours. After I started feeling better I spent a couple hours each day cleaning my craft room so I could finally work on cards again. Since it’s been a month since I’ve done any cardmaking it has taken me a while to get back into the creative zone. Finally on Saturday I was able to make a card so I’m hopeful next week will be a creative one for me.

Blog Life

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
  • A Conspiracey in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
What I read recently
  • Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong
  • Wyrde and Wayward by Charlotte E. English
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Books I got recently

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (ebook, purchased)

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (audiobook/library)

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

Sunday Post: More snow and cold weather

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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

I discovered I forgot to schedule this post to publish this morning. Better late than never, I guess!

More snow this week

We had a dusting of snow one or two days last week, but on Friday it snowed all day. We got nearly 6 inches of snow. And then in the evening we got some freezing rain on top of the snow. The freezing rain was really a good thing since it was really windy on Saturday and further north where there was just snow the wind blew the snow and made it very hazardous to drive. Saturday the temperature also dropped during the day. By late afternoon it was 9 degrees F. (-12.7 C.) and with the wind blowing felt like -9 degrees (-22.7 C.)!

Since it was a cold and snowy week I didn’t go out too much. I did quite a bit of reading and listened to audiobooks while I worked on a jigsaw puzzle. It was quite an easy puzzle, but lots of fun since I liked the picture.

Allergies and a cold

I had more allergies this week and then one day when what I thought was allergies lasted more than 24 hours I decided I have a cold! My husband was sick earlier in the week so it’s not surprising I caught his cold. I hope it goes away soon!

Blog Life

With my cold I didn’t feel much like writing or thinking for that matter…lol. So I still didn’t get all the posts finished that I’ve got started. But maybe this next week.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Favorite 2019 books
  • 2020 goals
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong
What I read recently
  • Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
  • Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon
  • Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter
  • On Her Father’s Grave by Kendra Elliott
  • Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch
Books I got recently

Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder (ebook, purchased)

Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews (ebook, purchased)

As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson (ebook, purchased)

Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon (Audible Original January free audio)

Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter(Audible Original January free audio)

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

Sunday Post: Snow and cold weather

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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

Snow

We had our first significant snow–still only about 3 inches. Originally we were forecast to receive 4-8 inches, but the snow we have may stay around for awhile since the forecast for the next week is for days and nights below freezing. One of the above photos shows my husband snow blowing our driveway after dark. We have to clear off our driveway even if we get an inch of snow because otherwise we can’t get up the driveway! Luckily, he likes to get outside and clear the driveway (and he loves his snow blower!) We might get a little more snow today and tonight.

Allergies

I’ve had allergies showing up during the day and sometimes at night. I regularly take allergy pills and my allergies have been better for months, but this last week was awful. I’m hoping next week will be better. Maybe the snow and cold weather will help.

Canvass and Caucus

My husband spent most of the days last week volunteering for one of the Presidential candidates. Since the Iowa caucuses are only about three weeks away canvassing and getting people out to talk about their favorite candidates is vital. I’m still undecided. I have a few candidates I know I won’t caucus for and two or three that I’m still thinking about. I’m excited to caucus though since I’ve never done it before and I think it’s quite a unique way for the Iowa populace to get together and let their voices be heard.

Television

I’ve started watching The Family Farm on Acorn. I’m enjoying it quite a bit. I like reality shows that show groups of people–especially families–trying something totally different from their regular lives. And I especially like this because it does show a way of life that many people have no idea about.

Blog Life

I’m continuing to read good books which is always a joy especially at the beginning of the year.

Since my allergies were bothering me I didn’t do as much on my blog or visiting other blogs as I’d wanted. Luckily, I had a few posts ready! I’m hoping to finish up my year-end and new year blogging this next week. I’m also hoping to work on a few reviews. I have some started so it would be nice to finish them up and post some in the next few weeks.

Last week
Next week
  • My favorite books of 2019
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • My 2019 Reading
  • 2020 goals
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
What I read recently
  • Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima
  • “Snow Day” by Andrea K. Höst
  • The Dark Fear by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong (Library, hardback)

Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard (Library, hardback)

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

Sunday Post: First snow of the season

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

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

First snow of the season

We’ve had our first snow of the season–just a tiny amount, but we had a tiny amount twice this last week! So not only snow, but cold weather, too. I’m mostly staying inside since I also have gotten a cold and don’t feel very well.

Another courthouse!

I love Iowa’s courthouses. The above picture is from a county close to us–Dallas County. Iowa has 99 counties and they’re all quite small. And the population in many of the counties is small, too, but so many of them have beautiful large courthouses. I love taking pictures when we happen to drive by one of them.

Blog Life

Last week

Sunday Post: Visit to a sculpture park

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Network Effect by Martha Wells

Review: An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

November 2019 books on my list

Next week
  • Tell me something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Slayer by Kiersten White
  • Against a Dark Sky by Katherine Pathak
What I stopped reading

Echoes in the Sand by Shannon Baker — (stopped reading at about 35%)

  • Shannon Baker is an author whom I usually enjoy reading, however in this book the main character irritated me until I finally decided to give up. But I think it may just be me! I’ve had a few other books that have irritated me recently…lol.
What I read recently
  • Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Books I got recently

Pupcakes by Annie England Noblin (ebook/purchased)

Driving into Darkness by Iain Cameron (KindleUnlimited)

Against a Dark Sky by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

A Season to Lie by Emily Littlejohn (ebook/purchased)

Death Among the Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan (KindleUnlimited)

Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes, editors (ebook/purchased)

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

Sunday Post: Winter’s not over!

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 had snow several days last week including last Saturday night when we got almost 10 inches of snow. We’re near a record for the amount of snowfall in February.

It warmed up on Saturday (to about 34 degrees!) and rained so we got some melting, but Saturday night we got some freezing rain and a little more snow. And next week it will get much colder again–a few days down near zero.

Daughter’s visit

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One of my daughters spent the last week with us. She came here to attend a class for work. She drove and brought her two dogs with her. I had a great time with the dogs and they loved being outside in the snow. They chased after balls, each other, squirrels and even tried chasing the birds!

It was so much fun to see her and get to spend time with her. She had last Monday off since it was Presidents Day and we spent the day doing a little shopping. She needed a few more work clothes and I got a pair of jeans and a shirt. We had fun in the evenings catching up, talking and laughing together. So much fun. She has left for home and the house is quiet. 😦

Blog life

I’ve read five books during the month of February for They Call It Puppy Love Challenge that Barb @ Booker T’s Farm hosts during the month of February. I’ve reviewed two of them and hope to review one or two more of them before the end of February.

I’ve visited a few blogs, posted a couple of reviews and answered a few comments, but there’s lots more to do. This week I hope I have more time to read, work on my blog and visit other blogs.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
What I read recently
  • Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard
  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage
  • Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong
Books I got recently

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine

Cornered Magic by Charissa Dufour

Stray Magic by Jackie Bouchard (Kindle Owners Lending Library)

The Fever King by Victoria Lee (Kindle First Read, Free for Amazon Prime)

Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood (library)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (library)

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (library)

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

Sunday Post: Oh, no it’s almost Valentine’s Day!

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

Scorch to the vet on Monday

More snow this last week and more for today through Tuesday. We’re taking one of our cats–Scorch–to the vet to get her teeth cleaned on Monday morning so I’m hoping the roads aren’t too bad on Monday (especially our long steep driveway).

Valentine’s Day

This week it’s Valentine’s Day and I somehow lost track of that. I planned to make Valentine’s cards to send to friends and relatives, but so far haven’t sent anything. I spent too much time making and sending my winter cards! I’m hoping to spend the snowy day on Sunday working to get my cards ready to mail so we can mail some Monday morning after we drop Scorch off at the vet.

Bookstore and scrapbook store

Since Saturday was our best day (weather-wise) to get out of the house for a few hours we went to a new used bookstore. My husband found four or five books! I got one book–Brushstrokes & Balladeers. It has western art and western poetry in it. I love western art by artists such as Charles Marion Russell and Frederic Remington. The book I found has art reminiscent of those early American western artists. I was a little disappointed there weren’t more old books in the bookstore, but it was a nice store and they had a beautiful and friendly German Shepherd!

Scrapbook store

I also noticed a scrapbook store in the same strip mall so I went and did a little shopping there. I found a few things to buy and it was fun to visit a store with lots of paper, ink and stamps. I haven’t visited a store devoted to those things for several years. I was especially excited to find a set of Iowa stamps!

Television

This week I talked my husband into watching Longmire with me. I’m enjoying watching it again and he’s enjoying it for the first time. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it.

Blog life

I’m participating in They Call It Puppy Love Challenge that Barb @ Booker T’s Farm hosts during the month of February. I’ve already read two books for the challenge and am currently reading two more. Such a fun challenge.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  •  Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard
  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage
What I read recently
  • Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
  • Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima
Books I got recently

 

Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman

Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

In the Dog House by V.M. Burns

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress

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

Sunday Post: End of January

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

More snow and cold plus wind this week. We had below zero wind chills and blowing snow one day. Roads that were previously cleared of snow were suddenly snowy and slick again. My husband and I had an appointment early that morning and luckily we had left early. We’ve had below freezing temps all week. Next week is supposed to get even colder with temperatures below zero for the high at least a couple of days. Of course, both my husband and I have various appointments and activities next week so we will be out in the cold at least some of the time. However, we have a reliable car with heated seats!

A deer in the yard

Donnie is a little hard to see since he’s at the back of our yard and is a small dog in snow almost over his head!

One afternoon Donnie (our son’s mini dachshund we’re taking care of during January) started barking and wanted to go outside. I thought he’d seen a squirrel so I let him out to chase it away from the bird feeders.

However, as soon as I let him out I saw a deer in the back of the yard. Donnie was ready to chase her out of “his” yard. The deer ran back and forth trying to remember how to get out of the yard. Donnie was furiously barking and forging a path through the deep snow that was almost over his head. I was standing on the back porch yelling at him to come back in since I was afraid if he caught up with the deer she would try to kick him. Of course, he ignored me!

The deer finally found the right spot to jump the fence and joined her five or six compatriots on the other side of the fence. Donnie continued to forge a path through the snow to make sure there were no more intruders! By the time I got him back to the house he was carrying a lot of the snow caught in his long hair. He was quite a sight, but he was also so proud of himself…lol. I didn’t even think of taking pictures of the deer, but once the deer was gone I did take some photos of Donnie trying to run and hop through the snow!

Winter cards

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I’ve mentioned before that I make greeting cards to send to friends and family. This week was the perfect week to make winter cards to send out. I listen to audiobooks while I’m making my cards so I feel like I get reading done at the same time I’m creating. Makes me happy!

Blog life

I’m getting back on track with posts and visiting blogs and commenting. I’m not caught up yet with  all the blogs I want to visit and comment on. Sometimes I get caught up in reading several posts and then have to go do something else and don’t get a comment done. Or I follow interesting links people put up and forget to go back and thank them for their links. I’m trying to do better with that because I really appreciate the content other bloggers (especially book bloggers) contribute and want them to know that. And I really appreciate people leaving comments on my blog and want them to know that, too. I don’t always reach my goals. It’s a work in progress!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Most recent additions to my to-read list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington
  • February 2019 books on my list

My books

What I’m reading
  • Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger
  • Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
What I read recently
  • Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger
  • Zero G by Dan Wells
Books I got recently

Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger

Pit Perfect by Renee George

The Expert System’s  Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Working Stiff by Annelise Ryan

The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor

This Can’t Be Happening Collection (Free for Prime members–kindle & audiobook)

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

Sunday Post: Snow, cold and sunshine

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

Lots of appointments and places to go this week and then we had our second snowfall of the season Friday. It has also gotten very cold–below zero last night. We didn’t get a lot of snow, but the original snow hadn’t melted so it’s piling up and not supposed to get very warm for a while. But it is winter and the snow is beautiful. We had several sunny and cold days. I love the sun in the winter.

If we need to go somewhere it helps that the street in front of our house is a connecting road so the city keeps it plowed and clear. We have a long, steep driveway so we have a snowblower to help clear the snow. (We’ve gotten stuck several times trying to get the car up to our house when the driveway isn’t clear!)

We had planned to visit our daughters in Illinois and Indiana the next couple of weeks, but with the forecasts for snow and bitterly cold weather we’ve postponed the visits. Our son is coming to pick up his dog on February 1. I’m going to miss Donnie, but he will be so happy to see my son and leave for his new home in Seattle. We plan to visit our daughters sometime in February when we don’t have to worry so much about freezing rain and snow.

Blog

Reading Challenges

I spent quite a bit of time on my reading challenges. I signed up for a few more and finished all my pages for the 2019 challenges. I’m doing seven challenges–yes, seven challenges! I enjoy challenging myself in these challenges and as long as I’m organized I have fun with them.

I also signed up for “They Call It Puppy Love Challenge” which Barb @ Booker T’s Farm is hosting. This reading challenge lasts the month of February! I’m excited about this challenge since I’m enjoying reading books with dogs as major characters. I’ve especially enjoyed reading about working dogs–police dogs, soldiers’ dogs, therapy dogs. Check out Barb’s blog for more information.

Reviews and Comments

Now that I have my 2019 reading challenges organized I’m focusing on getting the 2018 reviews I’ve started finished and posted plus trying to write my 2019 reviews soon after I finish reading my books. I also worked to get caught up answering comments and visiting other blogs. I’m trying to visit a few blogs each day.

Recent posts

Next week
  • Books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger
  • Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington

My books

What I’m reading
  • Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger
  • Zero G by Dan Wells
What I read recently
  • A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  • Copper River by William Kent Kreuger
Books I got recently

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullett

Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews

Dark City by Kit Hallows

Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

What are you doing?

Are you going to look for the Lunar eclipse tonight with the “super blood wolf moon?” We have mostly cloudy weather forecast. 😦 But we’ll try to see if it’s visible.