Sunday Post: Thanksgiving preparations continue

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

Cold and rainy here today. However, I don’t mind a rainy day every so often. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny. I like that the weather here is often different from day-to-day.

Sunday cooking with my daughter

My daughter and I cooked together last Sunday afternoon. I wanted to try two desserts to decide if I would make one or both for Thanksgiving dinner. Both had cranberries in them and I liked both of them–Nantucket Cranberry Cake and Rich Harvest Fruit Pie. These recipes came from the King Arthur Baking Company website–my favorite site for baking recipes as well as shopping for baking accessories!

Ultimately I’ve decided that most of the family don’t like cranberries as much as I do plus I’m making quite a few other things for Thanksgiving. I may make one of these desserts for our family Christmas.

My daughter wanted to make corn chowder and ham and cheese muffins that she remembered me making when she was a teenager. When she was in high school she took a thermos of the chowder and muffins with her on cold fall days and evenings when her marching band practiced.

We had lots of fun making our food and helping each other. My husband and I and our daughter had dinner together when we finished cooking and baking and then we sent her home with part of the food! Everything was very good!

Thanksgiving prep II

I worked on more prep for Thanksgiving this last week–mostly cleaning, putting things away and cooking. Our son is flying in on Tuesday evening with his dog (a mini dachshund) so we’ve made sure to get the guest bedroom ready.

I still have my wild rice pilaf to make and I have to cook the two turkeys. I’ll be doing the two turkeys Thursday morning while the relatives are at our house for brunch. However, our family is quite relaxed and I’ll have a lot of help with the turkeys!

Blog

A busy week again with Thanksgiving plans moving forward so I didn’t get too much done blog-wise. I did visit a few blogs last week and plan to try and visit others this week.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper
  • The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
Books read
  • Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima
  • The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Spirit Sickness by Kirk Mitchell
  • A Christmas Howl by Laurien Berenson
New books

What are you doing this next week?

Sunday Post: Snow showers today

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 have some snow showers mixed at times with rain showers this Sunday morning. There shouldn’t be any snow accumulation, but it’s cold out! However, by midweek we should have temps in the 50’s during the day.

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving is on November 25 this year in the U.S. and it’s a favorite time in our family. We didn’t get together with our whole family last year so those of us getting together this year are looking forward to seeing each other. Our niece and her family are hosting Thanksgiving and they live only about 20 minutes from us. It’s so nice not to have to travel far on Thanksgiving. However, we do have family flying in from Seattle and southern California and others driving from Illinois, Iowa, northern Wisconsin and Canada so it’s quite a trip for lots of the family. We expect to have about 45 adults and children attend this year. I’m so happy that our kids will all be here.

We’ve invited the family for brunch at our new house on Thanksgiving morning. It’s a chance for the out-of-town family to see the new house. My husband and I are working to make sure our house is tidy. We have boxes we still needed to unpack so having people come to our house has spurred us on.

I’m also cooking two smaller turkeys (around 13 pounds each) as well as making turkey gravy, a wild rice pilaf and cranberry chutney. Several of those things can be made ahead and frozen so that’s what I’m trying to get done so I can enjoy the day and catch-up with family members.

Scarecrow

We’ve put a scarecrow up near our front door. We also have a ring doorbell that lets us know when someone comes to the door. Since we put the scarecrow up we have gotten a number of “false” alarms from the ring doorbell–especially when the wind is blowing and the scarecrow swings this way and that!

Olaf

Olaf loves to hide in paper bags and then jump out to surprise us. We moved a bookcase near one of his towers and he discovered he could jump up to the top of the bookcase to hang out!

Blog

It’s been two weeks since I posted anything. November and December are busy months for me so my blogging is suffering. I have read and listened to some good books though. That relaxes me when I’m feeling stressed! I found some Christmas books to get from the library so I hope I find time to read those.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima
  • The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Books read
  • Cry Dance by Kirk Mitchell
  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Quartet Murders by J.R. Ellis
  • Drift by L.T. Ryan & Brian Shea
  • The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon
New books

What have you been doing and what are you planning for next week?

Sunday Post: A kitten arrives

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’ve had a bad cold ever since Thanksgiving. I think all the kids passed on their germs! I’m finally starting to feel better. However, between getting a kitten and sneezing and coughing I didn’t get very much done last week! And no Sunday Post last Sunday.

I can’t quite believe there are only two and a half weeks until Christmas! I have so much I want to do so I hope I get my mojo back after this cold and get busy. I love Christmas and that’s what I want to concentrate on (and the kitten, of course!)

Thanksgiving–new & old traditions

We returned from Thanksgiving last weekend. This year our Thanksgiving was all about beginning a new tradition as well as continuing some of our old traditions. Thanksgiving in our family had been celebrated for over 50 years at my father-in-law’s home in Iowa. This was a celebration of a large extended family which continues to grow larger as the family expands. Some years 40 family and friends attended and a few years over 100 family and friends attended. Every other year is usually a “small” year (with some family attending their in-laws thanksgivings) and the other year everyone who can attends.

My father-in-law died over a year ago and his house was sold so the Thanksgiving location changed this year to Indianapolis, Indiana where both my daughter my niece and her family live. My niece has a large home and she and her husband love to entertain so they want to begin a new Thanksgiving tradition in Indiana. This was a small year since we only had about 35 people. Next year will be bigger though some of the people who came to Iowa may decide not to come to Indiana. We’ll just have to see what happens.

Olaf

My other news is that I’ve gotten a new kitten. He is a ragdoll blue point kitten. (I didn’t talk about it much at the time, but one of my cats–Scorch–died last summer. I’ve missed her a lot and my other cat–Elf–missed having a companion.)

I’ve named him Olaf and am calling him Olie (pronounced “oh-lee”) for a nickname. I decided to pick a Norwegian name since part of my family came from Norway in the 1800’s. He’s a darling, mischievous, very active kitten…lol. We haven’t had a kitten in the house for quite a few years and I had forgotten how they love to test boundaries and how active and fearless they are.

Elf isn’t a fan at the moment. (She’s rethinking the whole wanting a friend thing!) She hisses when he gets too close, but Olie follows her around and keeps trying to make friends. He’s persistent and I think he’ll persevere…lol.

Blog Life

No Sunday Post last week.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Crash Point by John Carson
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (I had to return this to the library and put it on hold again so I’m weeks away from finishing it) 😦
What I read recently
  • Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene
  • Pirate Bound by Carysa Locke
  • A Dark Shadow by Katherine Pathak
  • Sign Off by Patricia McLinn
Books I got recently

Lots of good books on sale the last couple of weeks!

A Better Man by Louise Penny (ebook/purchased)

Written in Red by Annie Dalton (ebook/purchased)

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths (ebook/purchased)

A Death in Eden by Keith McCafferty (ebook/purchased)

Left Hanging by Patricia McLinn (ebook/purchased)

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (ebook/purchased)

The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan (ebook/purchased)

Crash Point by John Carson (Kindle Unlimited)

Between Homes by W.R. Gingell (Kindle Unlimited)

Stone and a Hard Place by R.L. King (Kindle Unlimited)

Blind Search by Paula Munier (Hardcover/library)

Dead Blow by Lisa Preston (Hardcover/library)

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

Sunday Post: Thanksgiving next week

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

Cooking

We’ve started preparing for Thanksgiving. I made Cranberry Chutney yesterday. I love cranberry sauces and chutneys. I also spent some time with my niece’s children yesterday and we made Snickerdoodle cookies. So fun!

I’m in charge of cooking the turkey, but the turkey was bought before I got any input so I have a 21 pound behemoth to cook. I already have it in the refrigerator so it will thaw in time. My favorite turkey size is 10 to 15 pounds. Oh, well I’m sure it will work out. I’m also making a wild rice pilaf which is what I make instead of stuffing. I no longer stuff my turkey when I cook it.

Television

I’ve watched several television shows since I’ve been visiting my daughter! We watched all The Great British Baking Show: Holidays on Netflix. That was fun and since they were only one episode each that made it easy to complete. I also watched a couple police series including one called City Homicide which takes place in Australia.

Cards

I’ve added some of the fall cards I made in the last month and sent plus a sympathy card I sent a friend. It always so fun to make cards.

Blog Life

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
What I read recently
  • A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie
Books I got recently

Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder (ebook/purchased)

Death Comes to Bath by Catherine Lloyd (ebook/purchased)

New Star Rising by Cameron Cooper (Kindle Unlimited)

Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt (audiobook/library)

Pilfered Promises by M. Louisa Locke

A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

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

Sunday Post: To Indiana

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 drove to Indiana yesterday to spend the rest of the month with my daughter. We’re having Thanksgiving in Indiana this year. My niece and her family are hosting it, but my daughter is helping and I’ll assist. I came a little earlier than planned, but my my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were coming this weekend and I hitched a ride with them. It’s their daughter who’s hosting Thanksgiving. She’s also 35 weeks pregnant so my sister-in-law is staying until after Thanksgiving to help her.

My daughter and I have cooking projects planned as well as a number of activities. Today we’re planning to drive to a little town south of here to explore the area. I’m also excited to spend time with my grandpups! Bailey and Juneau are such fun, sweet dogs.

Blog Life

Last week

Sunday Post: First snow of the season

Tell Me Something Tuesday: My favorite genres

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Thread and Buried by Lea Wait

Review: Critically Endangered by N.S. Austin

Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Thread Herrings by Lea Wait
What I read recently
  • Slayer by Kiersten White
  • Against a Dark Sky by Katherine Pathak
  • On a Dark Sea by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

On a Dark Sea by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

A Dark Shadow Falls by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene (KindleUnlimited)

Bark! The Herald Angels Sing by Roxanne St. Claire (ebook/purchased)

Santa Paws is Coming to Town by Roxanne St. Claire (ebook/purchased)

Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait (ebook/purchased)

The Dime by Kathleen Kent (ebook/purchased)

Before It Breaks by Dave Warner (ebook/purchased)

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

Sunday Post: Visit to a sculpture park

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

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

I had a busy week, but my husband and I found time for a local outing.

Downtown Des Moines has a wonderful sculpture park which regularly gets new sculptures. We drive by often, but this week we stopped to walk through it and admire new sculptures and old favorites. It was a beautiful afternoon and a fun outing.

MacRae Park & EMC Overlook

On the way home we stopped at a small park named for Donald MacRae, a WWI soldier from Des Moines, who was killed during the war. The park is over 100 years old. It needed some renovations so the park has been closed for a number of months. It was reopened earlier this month and an overlook 40 feet above the ground was added which provides a great view of downtown Des Moines.

A very fun outing!

Blog life

Only a couple posts written, but four good books finished!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • November books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Slayer by Kiersten White
  • Echoes in the Sand by Shannon Baker
What I read recently
  • Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
  • Doing Time by Jodi Taylor
  • Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan
Books I got recently

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby (ebook, purchased)

The Last Dance by Martin L. Shoemaker (Amazon First Reads)

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (library book)

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

Sunday Post: After Thanksgiving

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 wonderful Thanksgiving in eastern Iowa. This is the last Thanksgiving we will have there since my father-in-law died last spring. It was a 52 year tradition and in recent years we had about 40 to 100 people come to the Thanksgiving celebrations. This year over 70 people came.

We still plan to celebrate with our family each year, but the place is changing to Indianapolis, Indiana. We don’t know yet how many will continue to make this a family tradition.

Christmas season

We decorated for Christmas and at the same time I’m trying to declutter. I’ve donated boxes of books to my library. I’m still keeping favorite books and favorite authors, but slowly letting go of more books. I seldom read paperback or hardcover books these days. I read on my kindle or listen to audiobooks so it doesn’t make sense to keep too many books as I get older. Next week I hope to do some baking plus I’m busy making Christmas cards.

Death in our family

My husband’s uncle died this week so we are headed to his funeral. He was able to come to Thanksgiving this year and I’m grateful for that. He was a real inspiration to me. He’s had cancer for several years, but when I saw him he was cheerful and kind. I never heard him complain. A few months ago he decided upon hospice care so his death was not too much of a surprise. I’m sad he isn’t in our lives any longer, but we have wonderful memories of him.

The above photos are from his 90th birthday party a couple of years ago. He danced with all his daughters and sons and grandchildren and enjoyed himself immensely!

Blog

Not much blogging on this blog the last couple weeks. I’ve had a few posts scheduled and will schedule this Sunday Post. I hope once we return from the funeral I will have the chance to visit other blogs and see how everyone is doing.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and thanks if you commented on blog posts. I read and appreciate all your comments and will try to reciprocate soon!

Last couple weeks
Next week
  • Review
  • December 2018 books on my list
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet
  • Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
What I read the last couple weeks
  • Between Shifts by W.R. Gingell
  • Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan
Books I got the last couple of weeks

Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait

North of the Tension Line by J.F. Riordan

Height of Deception by Shannon Baker

Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White (Library ebook)

The Clincher by Lisa Preston (Library ebook)

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (audiobook)

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? If you celebrate Christmas or other holidays this month tell me about your traditions. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Thanksgiving gathering from several years ago

I’m at Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. The large extended family has gotten together for over 50 years. This is the last year we will get together at the above house. My father-in-law died in the spring and the house is for sale. We’re doing one last Thanksgiving here. After this year one of my nieces plans to host the Thanksgiving gathering. It will be held in Indianapolis instead of Iowa which may mean a smaller gathering in the future. All things have to change at some point.

I’m grateful for . . .

  • Our large extended family that has made Thanksgiving such a wonderful tradition.
  • My husband and children. That we all love each other and can have fun together.
  • My health. After my surgery earlier in the month I realize once again what a wonderful thing it is to feel healthy.
  • My friends with whom I share stories and laughter.
  • Authors writing books. I love to read and am so grateful that so many authors are writing books I love to read.
  • My ebook reader that allows me to read at night, to set it on my lap when my hands hurt, to change the size of the font when my eyes need a bigger font, to carry hundreds of books in my purse.
  • My cats who give me so much pleasure every day.
  • My children’s dogs and cats I get to enjoy when I visit or they visit.
  • My house and yard. That we have a house and yard. And I love the serenity of my house and yard.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate Thanksgiving in November. And to everyone else I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Sunday Post: Thanksgiving soon

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.

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Videos and Thanksgiving Prep

We’re leaving tomorrow to help get ready for Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. They do a big Thanksgiving every year and everyone pitches in to help. My daughter went over this weekend to take some of the supplies and begin preparations since she won’t show up until Wednesday night. She took her two dogs–Bailey and Juneau–and as you can see from the photos they’re having a great time. The third dog–Emma–belongs to her aunt and uncle and the dogs had so much fun playing.

The photos also show our daughter making a family favorite–Mocha Pudding Cake. It doesn’t last long in our house! This was a welcome dessert as we prepped for Thanksgiving.

My husband had more videotapes transferred to DVD and discovered some family Thanksgivings so we will take those with us when we go to Thanksgiving this year.

So much still to do before we leave tomorrow so I better publish this and get busy!

Blog

I had so much fun reading holiday books for the HoHoHo Readathon. I read six books (several very short books!), participated in three fun challenges and tweeted in the Twitter Party. Lots of fun. I didn’t get to visit blogs this week or answer comments on my blog, but I will soon!

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

My books

What I’m reading

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

What I’ve read

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod

Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Man in the Green Chevy by Susan Rogers Cooper

Books I got this week

None

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect?

Sunday Post: November 12

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.

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Veterans Day

It was Veterans Day on Saturday which made me think of my family who’ve been in the military. I don’t have photos of all these family members, but I’ve added a few of the photos I do have.

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My dad and two of his three brothers were in WWII. My oldest daughter was in the Army stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar as well as stateside. My husband and I were in the Air Force. My father-in-law was in the Army in one of the first airborne units. And one of my grandfathers was in the Spanish-American War in 1900. Veterans Day also makes me think about the veterans who came back from war wounded in spirit or physically who need our support.

Videos and Thanksgiving

My sister-in-law reading to my two daughters

My older daughter came for a visit this weekend and we’ve had so much fun. We cooked a big fish dinner Saturday night with salmon, halibut and shrimp our daughter caught when she went to Alaska a couple of months ago to visit relatives. My husband is working on a project to get some of our family videos copied to DVDs. We watched one from when our kids were 6, 4 and 1. It was so much fun to watch and we all laughed a lot. The photo at the right is from the DVD (taken with my daughter’s cell phone as it was playing on the TV!)

We plan to get a few more videos copied especially ones showing the family at Thanksgiving so that we can take it to our Thanksgiving celebration. My husband’s family has a very large Thanksgiving  celebration every year. This has gone on for over 50 years with my husband’s family. My younger daughter has taken over the planning to make sure things run smoothly. We have lots of activities, traditions and food. I love that the younger generation wants to continue the traditions.

Blog

I’ve had fun reading holiday books for the HoHoHo Readathon. I’ve finished two so far, am reading two more and want to start a couple more soon though I haven’t had much time for reading this weekend.

Last week
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • HoHoHo Readathon wrap-up
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod

Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

What I’ve read

Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Christmas on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Books I got this week

Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod (library ebook)

The Broken Token by Chris Nickson

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect?