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


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!


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: Feb 12


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

Busy weeks

My husband had chemo treatments this week. He’s doing great, but it’s hard not to worry. Now he’s in the time period where he feels really tired so he’s not doing too much except rest. The doctor is doing more scans next month. Our son was still here so he helped out a lot during the chemo week. Our oldest daughter came to visit over the weekend and we had a wonderful time with all of our kids here. We went out to eat several times–celebrated my husband doing well and I had a pre-birthday celebration since the kids were all here. So fun.

This last week our son was in LA and Denver and we took care of his dog. Donnie, his mini-dachshund, missed our son and needed extra love and patience so I spent a lot of time with him on my lap which meant I didn’t get very much done–except when I went out somewhere. I had several appointments and those took most of two days. As I said, busy weeks.

Crazy weather

We had days in the 50’s and days of snow all within a couple days of each other the last couple weeks. Our snow melted very fast! Next week we’ll have more warm weather and by the weekend they’re forecasting some 60 degree days!


Not much blogging done. Not much web surfing either. The internet was down again some. We moved the router to a more central location in the house and that seems to help. My year commitment to this internet company ends in April and I’m looking for other options.

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

My books

What I’m reading

Nightshades by Melissa Olson

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

What I read last two weeks

Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine

Winding Up the Serpent by Priscilla Masters

E-books & Audiobooks Purchased

The Hanging Tree
by Ben Aaronovitch

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger

Meet Me at Malmo by Torquil MacNeal

The Edge by Dick Francis

Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal

The Girl at Rosewood Hall by Annis Bell

Canyon Sacrifice by Scott Graham

The Man in the Green Chevy by Susan Rogers Cooper

Are  you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day? My husband and I went out to dinner this last week to avoid the rush!

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






Sunday Post: Feb 15


The 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 take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!


Last Week

Home & blog

My husband came home on Friday to 20 degree temps here after a week in San Antonio where the temperatures were in the 70’s! My husband brought me roses when he came home Friday! So nice. We don’t do a lot for Valentine’s Day, but I made a card for him and after listening to Richard Armitage reading love poetry quoted from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem–“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” He was surprised since we don’t read a lot of poetry…LOL

We’re having lunch today with our son and his girlfriend who is finishing up medical school and getting ready for her residency. It will be great to see them both.

Blog posts


What I’m reading

Starpilot’s Grave by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald 

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Audiobook)

What I read this week

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd (Audiobook)

 Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

Classic Love Poems by Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edgar Allen Poe, et al (and narrated by Richard Armitage!) (Audible book)

classic-love-poemsNew–Books, E-books, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library




Classic Love Poems by W. Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edgar Allen Poe, et al. (and narrated by Richard Armitage!) (free on Valentine’s Day)

Next Week

Home & blog

Very cold, very windy all next week. Maybe a little snow.

Monday is President’s Day in the U.S. and a holiday for my husband. Since he was gone all last week we plan to relax and enjoy our fireplace!

Blog Posts

  • Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • TBR Review: Starpilot’s Grave by Debra Doyle & John D. Macdonald
  • Review: Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie
  • Sunday Post

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