Sunday Post: Spring is here

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

Yesterday we had our first real spring day–up to 74 degrees! And then last night we had thunderstorms most of the night and woke up to the alert for a Tornado Warning. We got up, but by the time we checked the weather on the TV the storm had moved so fast it was past us. We got quite a bit of rain and it was windy, but we didn’t get the brunt of the storm. I haven’t heard that anyone in our area actually had any damage.

No problems this time, but spring is here with it’s changeable weather (more cold temps next week), thunderstorms (more thunderstorms tonight) and possible tornadoes.

Alaska

Our two daughters are in Alaska so my husband and I are cat and dog sitting! The girls are spending about a week in Anchorage. The Iditarod starts this weekend. This is the 50th running of the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race. The race commemorates the freight route to Nome, Alaska and the way sled dogs contributed to the settling of Alaska. For example, sled dogs were used in 1925 to deliver serum to Nome when a diphtheria outbreak threatened Nome and the surrounding area. The dog teams that delivered the serum and saved the area from an epidemic were hailed as heroes. (Sorry about all the history and lore here. I’ve always loved stories about sled dogs starting when I was a preteen and read Jack London’s The Call of the Wild–though I cried and cried as I read it. After that I read other happier stories about sled dogs!)

My daughters are loving their time in the Anchorage area. They’ve met up with relatives who live in Alaska and they’ve seen some of the wildlife, had great meals, done a little shopping and seen the start of the race.

My hand is healing

I’m still wearing a splint and my hand hurts at times–especially where the pins poke out of my hand or I’ve used my hand too much. My doctor says I should get the pins removed in about a week. I opted to have the pins removed in the doctor’s office rather than in the operating room where I would have to have anesthesia and spend hours at the hospital. I have to admit I’m a little anxious about the pin removal. The doctor says it will hurt, but I figure three pins shouldn’t take more than a minute or two to remove so it should get done fast (I hope)!

Blog

I haven’t done very much on my blog. I’ve been tired lately so I take naps almost every day. Some days I don’t even open up my computer which is kind of amazing to me.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • March 2022 books I plan to read
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell
Books read
  • Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide (to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons) by Quenby Olson
  • The Only Survivor by Katherine Pathak
New books

What are you doing these days? Are you getting spring weather coming where you live?

Sunday Post: Monday = Move-in Day

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 move into our new house tomorrow afternoon! First, of course, we have to sign all sorts of paperwork.

We had a little rain while we were packing our moving van, but it wasn’t too bad. Rain is forecast for Monday in Indiana, too, so we’ll see how that goes. At least it’s a little warmer this weekend and feels more like spring.

We packed our moving van on Friday and Saturday morning. Drove to Illinois yesterday and we drive the rest of the way today (only about two hours). The van is stuffed full! One of our daughters and one of our nephews helped us load the moving van and that made all the difference to getting it done. Both our daughters will help us unpack the van.

Blog Life

I will continue to be busy since we’ll be unpacking boxes and figuring out where it’s all going to go. Plus starting next week we’re taking care of our daughter’s dogs while she goes on vacation. So not too much commenting or visiting other blogs.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
Books read
  • One Lost Soul by J.M. Dalgliesh
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
  • Decider by Dick Francis
  • Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
New books

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

Sunday Post: Oh my, it’s already May

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’re having typical spring weather–sometimes in the 70’s or even low 80’s, but sometimes rain and wind and thunderstorms. The warm weather does mean that trees are in bloom and plants are growing and flowers blooming.

A busy month

May is a very busy, exciting month for us since we move into our new house, but we also have house inspections to complete, changes of address, utilities to start as well as utilities to stop, papers to sign, the moving van to pack, then drive the van and cars about 470 miles from Iowa to Indiana, unpack van then start unpacking boxes. Plus the new owners sign the paperwork to complete the sale of our Iowa house about a week after we move into our new house. I have a spreadsheet to try to keep everything straight!

New house

We only have two weeks until we close on our new house and move in. From photos I got yesterday I can see the kitchen with countertops, floor and all the appliances! So exciting! I remember thinking May would never come and now it’s coming and there’s so much to do.

Blog Life

I may not get too many posts done in May. And I probably won’t get to visit too many other blogs. I have a few posts done for May and will try to get a few more scheduled in the next few days.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • One Lost Soul by J.M. Dalgliesh
Books read
  • The Prince of Secrets by A.J. Lancaster
  • A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber
New books

What are you doing during May?

Sunday Post: Very little snow left

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 temperatures in the 60’s and we’re seeing more and more grass instead of snow in our yard. I can even see my flower beds that have spring bulbs starting to come up.

I got my first vaccine in February and should get the second one in a couple of weeks. I’m so happy I’m getting vaccinated.

Craft room

I’m still working to clear out my craft room. I’m trying to separate the things I would like to use over the next few months before we move and then after we move before my craft room is set up again. That takes more time that if I just shoved things into some boxes! Plus I have way to much stuff. I have thrown some things away and donated some things. When we get moved I plan to do more of that.

RootsTech Connect–free online genealogy conference

At the end of February I attended RootsTech–a virtual conference for genealogy. The hosting organization is FamilySearch International which is operated by the Latter-Day Saints (LDS church) also known as Mormons. A person doesn’t have to be Mormon (I’m not Mormon) to use their website or research records either in person in Salt Lake City, Utah or on the internet.

RootsTech is held every year, but is usually held in person in Salt Lake City. Because of Covid 19 they decided to have a free virtual conference this year. It was really amazing. It was held over three days and there were hundreds of videos available–some only five minutes long and others 40 minutes long. Many of the videos are still available to watch so I’m looking forward to watching more as I have time. Most of the videos I watched were about DNA. I’m wanting to do more with my DNA and DNA matches. I’m really interested in the history aspects of my family so I hope to connect with people who know more about some of the more unknown branches of my family.

Over one million people signed up from all over the world and there were videos in many different languages. One of the most fun aspects of the conference was that you could opt in to connect to others that might be related to you. The connections were made through the huge family tree on the FamilySearch website. According to their statistics over 38,000 of my relatives were signed up for the conference and participating in finding relatives! My closest relative was a second cousin and showed numerous 6th-10th cousins once or twice removed. I only had time to look at a few of these connections, but most of my connections came from my maternal side where I have some ancestors who were Quakers who came to the United States in the 1600’s. I’m fascinated with the family history aspects of genealogy and hope to do more work on my family tree after we move.

Blog Life

I didn’t do much blogging the last couple of weeks and haven’t visited many blogs. My husband is working so hard to get as much of our stuff boxed up, thrown away or donated that I feel I really need to do more than read books or write blog posts.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
Books I read the last couple of weeks
  • Dance Away With Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern
  • Nice Werewolves Don’t Bite Vampires by Molly Harper
  • The Lord of Stariel by AJ Lancaster
Books I got the last two weeks

Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley (ebook, purchased)

Earth Prime by Janet Edwards (ebook, purchased)

The Lord of Stariel by AJ Lancaster (Kindle Unlimited)

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young (ebook, library)

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (ebook, library)

I hope you’re all staying safe. What are you doing next week? What did you do last week? Is spring coming where you live or is already there?!?