Sunday Post: Beginning a new journey

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’ve decided we will buy a house in Indiana to move closer to our daughters and make it easier for people to visit us when(?) the pandemic is over. It will be built (hopefully) by June.

The photo on the left shows old smokestacks from the Oregon town where I grew up.

We had some smoke from western forest fires here in the U.S. Midwest, but nothing like the Pacific Northwest and California.

Everyone in those areas please stay safe.

Back from Indiana

We got back from Indiana early in the week, but I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up all week. I forgot it was Wednesday so I didn’t put up my Wednesday post. Didn’t remember until Thursday! Several big chunks of our time were spent reading 100+ page contracts and then signing and initialing pages. Exhausting work! Several corrections had to be made so that meant more careful reading and signing.

I didn’t visit anyone else’s blog either since we did decide to move forward with the move to Indiana. The house being built won’t get finished before May or June at the earliest so we have time before we put our house here up for sale. However, new carpet is arriving before the end of September so lots of stuff is being emptied and moved.

More sorting, throwing away and moving furniture

Olaf helping with the book sorting!

Finally finished up the books!

After the books I tackled papers that needed sorting. We recycled a lot, kept old tax returns to burn and I organized and marked boxes for the things I kept. My husband worked in our yard to clean that up and move stuff to the garage to get rid of.

One of our daughter’s came for the weekend to help move stuff before our new carpet gets installed. We rented a pickup for a day to haul stuff to a special citywide clean-up that’s held once a month that takes large items and hazardous waste. We also dismantled my craft room which was a huge job. I’ve definitely got too much stuff. 😦

We had a fire in our fire pit last night which we used to burn our sensitive papers. Our daughter brought hers to put on the fire, too! It was a good evening for a fire since there was little wind and it was cool.

Blog Life

As I mentioned above no blog visiting this week and one post I forgot to put up on my blog.

Posted last week
Next week’s posts
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall
What I read
  • Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams
  • Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen
  • Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman (listened to during our trip to Indianapolis)
Books I got

None!

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.

Sunday Post: The tree is gone

Weekly meme to talk about books & 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

It’s been very hot here in the Midwest and especially in Iowa where we’re also having a drought. It’s going to be cooler next week and maybe we’ll get lucky and get some rain.

Tree is gone

My husband cut limbs as many limbs from our tree as he could during the last few weeks. This is the tree that split apart during our derecho storm a few weeks ago. I showed photos of it in last week’s Sunday Post. My husband was able to get a tree company to come in and cut the rest of the tree down.

Downsizing

We’ve been busy this week. We’re finally trying to use our extra time at home by sorting through some of our stuff–throwing things away and getting ready to get rid of things. I’m even going to get rid of many of my books since most everything I read these days is either an ebook or an audiobook. I will save a few of my favorites, but I can’t keep books that I’m not reading. The problem is that our library isn’t accepting book donations and places like Goodwill are closed. So I hope I can find some places where I can donate things or maybe even sell some things. We’ve meant to downsize more for a long time so I hope we’re successful!

Blog Life

I’m still trying to figure out some of the new parts of WordPress so that slowed down some of my blog post preparation.

Reading

This month I only read six books. Most of the other months this year I’ve read about ten. Even with a smaller number of books read I’m still way ahead in my Goodreads challenge.

Last week
Next week
  • September 2020 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
What I read
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Books I got

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.