I missed spring on my blog and don’t want to miss summer

Scorch, Elf and book
Scorch and Elf on my lap as I read one of my favorite books so far this year

You may have noticed I haven’t blogged for a few months. I didn’t mean for that happen, but as the days went by it was harder and harder to jump back in again. Summer’s here now. I missed Spring on my blog. I don’t want to totally miss Summer!

Blog updates in April

I stopped blogging in April to update and upgrade various parts of my blog. I’d been planning to do it since January when WordPress 5.0 came out. I thought it would only take a day or two, but one thing led to another . . . .

I worked on my blog much of April. I upgraded my PHP version as well as upgrading my theme. Since I upgraded my theme I decided to change some things on my blog and to freshen the look of the blog. This all took time since I didn’t know how to do some of the stuff I was doing. However, I finally did upgrade WordPress. 🙂

Frustrations

During that time I didn’t post anything since I was busy trying to get finished. As time went on I got frustrated and didn’t want to fix things or to blog. I still have things to change and fix and will gradually work on them. However, I didn’t even want to look at the blog for a while.  😦

Excited to reconnect

I’ve gotten past that now and am excited to reconnect. I know I stopped blogging at least one other time during the six years since I started my blog. Each time I thought I’d be back in a few days. Then as the days and weeks went by I had a hard time returning. Has this ever happened to you?

I don’t want it to happen to me again–but if it does I need to put a message on my blog that I plan to come back.

Sunday Post: Spring weather

Sunday-Post

Spring snowfall

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

Spring is here with the temperatures and weather all over the place! It rained all day Saturday and we had a high temperature of 55. Nice spring weather! That meant every time the dogs went out we had to wipe their paws before they could come back in! Lots of standing water in the yard.

Then in the evening I looked out the window and it was snowing hard…big, fluffy flakes! The temperature had dropped to 32 degrees and it was in the 20’s Saturday night. It’s a sunny day on Sunday, but not very warm–at about 33 degrees for a high temperature. Spring weather indeed!

Taking care of dogs

My husband and I are here for another week while our daughter is on vacation in Scotland. We’re taking care of her dogs. My son is also on this trip so he flew from Seattle to Indianapolis to drop off his mini dachshund so I can take care of him, too! I love spending time with the dogs–Bailey and Juneau, the two Labs–and Donnie, the mini dachshund.

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While we’re here our daughter got us tickets to two plays–A Doll House. Part 2 and The Importance of Being Earnest. We’re really looking forward to both plays. They’re in different theaters so we get to see two theaters we haven’t been before and that’s always fun.

Blog life

A little reading, a few comments and a few posts.

Recent posts
Next week
  • April 2019 books on my list
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman
What I read recently
  • Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
Books I got recently

Only one book this week–and it’s from the library:

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Library ebook)

 

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

Sunday Post: Lots of Family Fun

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 and Blog

More rain and cold temperatures some of the week. The crabapple trees are just about done blooming. It’s supposed to rain all weekend so we plan to do mostly indoor activities.

Lots of family fun

My son arrived this week for a short visit. So good to see him. We picked him up at the airport and left from there to drive to eastern Iowa to visit his grandpa and other family members. We came back the next day so a quick trip, but so fun to see family and friends.

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law had also gone there for a few days. They returned to our house for a few more days and left for home in Maine on Saturday morning. We all had a wonderful time.

They helped with the fence and bought some flowering plants and herbs which my sister-in-law planted in pots for me. She also helped me sort through clothes to give to Goodwill plus helped me pack away winter clothes and bring out spring clothes. Feels so good to get those chores done.

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We took them to two of our favorite places: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Raygun (an Iowa store which specializes in Midwest t-shirts and other Midwest themed products).

Outside activities

More work done on the fence. Just about all the posts are in. Work slowed down since we were gone two days this week plus it rained for a couple of days. One of the days it was only about 40 degrees all day so that was an indoor day, too! We’re also trying to clear some of the flowerbeds of the rocks and landscape cloth the previous owners used. It’s impossible to plant anything in the flowerbeds unless we remove both rocks and landscape cloth.

Blogging

With the road trip and visitors all week not much blogging, commenting or reading done. I’m hoping to get some reviews written and scheduled–we’ll see how well I do with that.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern

What I read

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Some books I got recently

Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern (NetGalley)

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen (NetGalley)

Blackfoot by W.R. Gingell (ebook)

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus (ebook)

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (Audiobook)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Audiobook)

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Interesting on the Internet

Sync is back! Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

For the first week (April 27 – May 3):

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist. Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails.

And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

Oscar Wilde’s enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde’s remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!

Audiobooks available May 4 -10:

Feed by M.T. Anderson | Read by David Aaron Baker, a Full Cast

Published by Listening Library

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon—a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world—and a smart, savage satire that will captivate listeners with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

Published by Random House Audio

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!

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Sunday Post: Spring Really is Here!

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Spring really is here!

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 and Blog

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More rain this week and some cool temperatures, but our crabapple trees are really in bloom and they are beautiful. Spring really is here!

Busy week

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My back is still hurting. Just when I think it’s getting better I spend too much time walking or get up wrong and it starts really hurting again.  My husband’s sister and brother-in-law are visiting. We’ve had so much fun together. We spent a day in a nearby town which has a tulip festival at the end of the month, but a lot of the tulips are already blooming. The town was settled by people from Holland so there are windmills and beautiful historic houses as well as tulips! A beautiful day and the tulips are beautiful, too.

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My older daughter came for the weekend to help dig post holes for our fence. Having both our daughters helping was so great! We enjoyed beautiful weather on Saturday and all enjoyed being outside–especially my daughter’s dog Bailey. In the evening we had a wonderful dinner at a new restaurant that just opened this week. I can tell it will be a great place to go for special occasions. Lots of wood inside as well as some a picture with a living wall of plants. The Spring Spinach was a bowl with spinach, wild mushrooms, a ginger vinaigrette, a soft-boiled egg, mushroom bacon. We mixed it up after it was brought to the table. That was excellent as was the Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie. A great end to a wonderful day.

Blogging

A busy week so not much blogging done. Not even much reading.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

What I read recently

Nothing finished this week

Some books I bought recently

The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell

Interesting on the Internet

Sync is coming back! It starts this next Thursday–April 27. Every week until August 16 Sync gives away two young adult audiobooks for free. These books are primarily for young adults, but anyone can download the audiobooks to listen to them.

For the first week (April 27 – May 3) these are the two books available:

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist. Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails.

And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

Oscar Wilde’s enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde’s remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!
Note: these two books must be downloaded during the dates listed above. After May 3 they aren’t available.

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Sunday Post: April 16

Sunday-Post

Kimba 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 and Blog

We’ve had quite a bit of rain and it has been quite warm–60’s and 70’s–so the grass is a lovely green and our crabapple trees are about to bloom. I’ve noticed tulips blooming around here already. One of the towns close by has a tulip festival which doesn’t start until the end of April. Their tulips are already blooming, too!

Busy, busy, busy and medical issues

I didn’t do a Sunday Post last week since my daughter and I were in Kentucky for a baptism. We had a wonderful time and lots of great food. My niece and her husband had their third child a few months ago. They waited for better weather for the family to travel to a baptism! This is their third child and so fun to see how the two older girls are growing and changing and how unspoiled they are. The new baby is beautiful!

I’ve been tired since we got home on Monday evening. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in March and finally got the cpap machine and mask. I’ve had it about a week and sometimes feel a little better in the morning, but other times have a sinus headache from allergies. I’m also getting lots of leaks around the mask during the night. I’m working to get it all to work together so I won’t be so tired all the time. However, I’m finding it all takes awhile.

My back is also hurting this week making it hard to walk and sleep. I have arthritis in the lower back and one of the bones/joints is very painful. I can’t straighten up completely and even when I am sitting it’s painful. If it’s not better by tomorrow I’ll go to my doctor since it’s been hurting for at least four days.

And my husband’s sister and brother-in-law are coming to visit this next week. I wanted to get more cleaning and picking up done, but that’s not going to happen. My daughter is coming over today and she said she’d vacuum and clean the guest bathroom for me. It will be enough to get those things done!

Blogging

I introduced some mini reviews this last week. These were reviews of some mysteries I’ve read. I will continue to do these mini reviews with mysteries and fantasies and science fiction. I’m going to try a new meme on Wednesdays and maybe another new meme another day. Also trying to do more reviews and mini reviews. I’ve requested three NetGalley books in the past few weeks and am enjoying reading them. I’m being careful not to request very many though.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • New meme
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

What I read recently

Dead in the Water by Matthew Costello

A Cold White Sun by Vicki Delany

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Requiem by Celina Grace

Some books I bought recently

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Requiem by Celina Grace

Hushabye by Celina Grace

Fall From Grace by Clyde Phillips

The Danger by Dick Francis

An Unhallowed Grave by Kate Ellis

Forsaken Skies by D. Nolan Clark

Interesting on the Internet

Sync is coming back! It will start on April 27. Every week until August 16 Sync gives away two young adult audiobooks for free. These books are primarily for young adults, but anyone can download the audiobooks to listen to them.

For the first week (April 27 – May 3) these are the two books available:

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist. Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails.

And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

Oscar Wilde’s enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde’s remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!
Note: these two books must be downloaded during the dates listed above. After May 3 these books aren’t available.

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Sunday Post: April 2

Sunday-Post

Kimba 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 and Blog

Last weekend my husband and I visited our daughter in Illinois. Our younger daughter also came along since she had a flight on Sunday from Chicago. She flew to Ireland with some of her cousins for a quick trip (Sunday – Thursday). The group had six adults and four young children (including two babies born last fall). They had a great time, but the children all got sick (vomiting and diarrhea) during the trip and several of the adults were sick by the time they got home. At this point everyone, but one adult has been or is sick! My daughter is back home, but staying in bed. Hopefully, she’ll feel better soon.

I’ve been fighting allergies all week. I’m getting ready to try a new allergy medicine to see if that will help. I guess spring is slowly appearing which is also making my allergies an everyday affair. Our trees are getting ready to leaf out and some trees, shrubs and bulbs in the area are blooming.

My husband is getting ready to start building a fence around our backyard. We got the building permit last week and he plans to buy the materials soon. A fence will make it easier to take care of our kids’ dogs without fear they’ll run after deer or some other animal invading their yard.

I’m going with my daughter to my great niece’s baptism next week. We are both looking forward to that and my daughter will be a Godmother to Guiliana. It will be nice to see some of the family there plus meet the new baby.

Blogging

I’m planning to change-up my blog a little. I haven’t decided exactly what I’ll do yet, but I’m thinking about it and hope to come up with some more ideas this week.

Blog posts last week
Blog posts planned next week
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

What I read recently

Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

What I bought or borrowed

The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Confluence by S.K. Dunstall

Shards of a Broken Sword by W.R. Gingell

The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett

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Sunday Post: March 5

March is here–almost Spring!

Sunday-PostKimba 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 and Blog

Cleaning and planning

I sorted papers this week. Recycled a lot and now I have to file the rest of it. Also unpacking some more boxes that had been left in the garage. That seems to take a lot of time!

We are also planning to build a fence in the yard plus we are putting together a long-term plan of what we want to do with our yard. So now that we have a weekend with some 60 degree weather we went to price materials and measure the yard. We have the utility company coming to mark where the utilities are.

The season for day trips

I feel like I hibernated most of January and February. Now that the weather is warmer some days (we’ve still had days of snow, snow flurries and cold wind!) I am getting out a little more. (February was actually one of the warmest on record for Iowa.)

My daughter and I had a wonderful day out. We drove to Ames, Iowa–about an hour north of us (home of Iowa State University) to have brunch first, then went to Reiman Gardens and finished off at a winery we both like! Reiman Gardens is wonderful (a butterfly room I could have spent all my time in) and we even walked outside in the gardens even though everything was still dormant. We plan a return visit when the garden starts growing again.

My husband, daughter and I also went to the State Historical Museum of Iowa here in Des Moines. It’s in a beautiful building and we’ve wanted to visit for awhile. We all like history and the museum has some great exhibits. The lobby has a wooly mammoth in the lobby which was dug up when they built the parking garage a few years ago. That’s kind of amazing to think it was there for thousands of years and suddenly found when the historical building and parking garage were built. One of the displays we spent quite a bit of time in was the Civil War era. I hadn’t really thought about Iowa and the Civil War, but a lot of men from Iowa joined the armies.

We didn’t get a chance to see everything in the museum so we’ll have to come back another day. We had lunch in the cafe on the top floor. It has a great view of Des Moines and when the weather is warmer we plan to come back and sit on the terrace outside.

On another day my husband and I took a ride through the southern part of Des Moines . . . passed by the zoo, Fort Des Moines (which has a museum) and the fairgrounds (home of the Iowa State Fair). We ended up in downtown Des Moines for an early dinner.

Looking back I see a trend–our trips always involve at least one stop to eat!

Blogging

I got some blogging done, but didn’t visit many blogs. It seemed like every day I was pulled away from my computer. I’m hoping this next week to catch up on some of my favorite book blogs as well as find some new ones to read.

Blog posts last week
Blog posts planned next week
  • Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris

What I read recently

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen

City of Wolves by Willow Palecek

To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie

The Merchant’s House by Kate Ellis

Nightshades by Melissa Olson

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

What I bought or borrowed

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Armada Boy by Kate Ellis

Catch the Fallen Sparrow by Priscilla Masters

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Interesting on the Interest

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announce 2016 Nebula, Norton and Bradbury Award Nominees

  • These awards have the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novellette, Short Story, Bradbury and Norton.
  • I have read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Novella nominee) and Arabella of Mars by Daniel D. Levine (Norton nominee). I own several other books, but haven’t read them yet (story of my life!)

 

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Sunday Post: April 24

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

Crabapple trees in bloom!

We’re having beautiful spring weather here–some rain, some blue skies and some warm temperatures.

We have several crabapple trees in our yard at our new house and they’re coming into full bloom. We also have an arboretum close to us which apparently has one of the largest flowering crabapple collections in the world. Most of them are also in full bloom now.

Internet

I got my internet hooked up last week, but I’ve had several issues with it this week. I think I finally have them figured out and ironed out. We’ll see how it works next week!

The blog

I decided I didn’t like one of the colors on my blog so I worked on finding a color I liked and changing it. Of course, things didn’t go quite as I planned and I spent much longer than I needed to on a simple change!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • Burning Man by Alan Russell
What I read last week
  • Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

everything-under-the-heavens

Everything Under the Heavens by Dana Stabenow

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.

A few of the books available this season:

  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
  • Mandela: An Audio History by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela & Joe Richman

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

My son is coming for the weekend next week. He’s bringing his mini dachshund and I’m going to take care of his dog for three weeks while he’s working in Denver. So I’m working to get my house ready for the little dog! Plus more unpacking, reading, blogging, visiting blogs and probably a few other things, too!

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday: April 27
  • Beyond the books
  • Review: Admiral by Sean Danker
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Sunday Post: April 10

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

Iowa–at last!

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We arrived in Iowa. We got kind of a late start the first day so it was a long day. We drove from Maryland to Illinois and arrived at our older daughter’s house at 1:30 in the morning local time. The second day we only had five hours to drive so we slept late.

Arrived in Iowa early in the evening. Our daughter who lives in Des Moines was waiting for us and had meat, cheese and fruit ready for us. We decided to take a break and went to a movie theater that serves meals and watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. We had lots of laughs and that was the perfect way to unwind and start our new life!

The next day we unpacked the moving truck and with lots of help it was quickly finished. With all the help we got a number of boxes unpacked, the kitchen pretty well set up and all the beds made.

My oldest daughter and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are returning this weekend to help unpack and do minor repairs. Wonderful to have family and friends!

Spring?

It’s been chilly, rainy and windy this week in Iowa, but at least we didn’t have snow like they did in southern Maryland where my husband is!

The blog

I have a few posts ready for next week and am hopeful internet will arrive next week…lol. It’s amazing how many things I think of to do that don’t get done until I can come over to my daughter’s house!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal
What I read last week
  • Dying for a Taste by Leslie Karst
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

I haven’t gotten any books for a few weeks so I went a little crazy this week!

Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara

Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern

Killer Image by Wendy Tyson

Clammed Up by Barbara Ross

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Suspect by Robert Crais

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Next Week–home & blog

Continuing to unpack boxes and put things away. I hope I will have internet sometime next week. I don’t know how often I will be on the internet until internet arrives!

  • Review: Dying for a Taste by Leslie Karst
  • Waiting on Wednesday: April 13
  • Beyond the books: A tour of my new town
  • Review: Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Sunday Post–April 13

rp_sundaypostmeme13.jpgThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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. This is a great meme to participate in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Malahide Castle near Dublin
Malahide Castle near Dublin

Last Week

Around the house

We are back home. Spring is here–trees, daffodils and forsythia blooming, sunny, warm days this week. The cherry blossoms are at their peak this weekend in Washington, DC. I hear they’re beautiful, but we’ve stayed away because of the crowds of people. We’ve seen them in past years and they are beautiful.

I didn’t get my post up about our Europe travels. 😦 I’m waiting for my daughter to check it out, but she’s had a busy week and wasn’t able to. I hope she blesses off on it today so I can add it to the blog! Here is one of my photos from a castle we visited near Dublin!

Posts on blog

What I’m reading

Discount Armageddon by Seanan Mcguire

Silence by Michelle Sagara (audiobook)

What I read this week

Fatal Affair by Marie Force

E-books bought

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer

From Audible

The Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey

Next Week

Around the house

My husband is out of town on business all week and I have lots of picking up and cleaning to do around the house. I’m also hoping to do more reading and blogging this week.

Posts on the blog

  • Review: Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach
  • Vacation post
  • TBR Review: Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning this next week?