Sunday Post: After the caucus

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

We had a tiny bit more snow, but also a few sunny days above freezing. However, our north facing backyard is still filled with snow!

The last two weeks in pictures
Iowa Caucus

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the Iowa Caucus and what a fiasco that was. It was my first caucus (we moved to Iowa three years ago) and I volunteered to help people sign-in. It was very interesting since it’s so different from just voting for a candidate, but it was also chaotic. We were in a middle school gymnasium and it was very loud. The precinct captain didn’t have a sound system so it was very hard to hear what anyone was saying.

After we finished caucusing we went home and that’s when we heard there was some kind of problem though on Monday night no one knew what the problem was. Now almost a week later and Iowa has provided numbers, but news organizations have found some inconsistencies and still don’t feel confident to call a winner. My takeaway from this is that maybe Iowa needs to just vote and do away with the caucus system!

Elf and Olaf

Elf and Olaf (Olie) are getting along better. Olaf was neutered this week. He’s five months old so I’m glad he hadn’t started spraying. He weighs almost nine pounds!

Other activities

Now that the caucuses are over life is getting back to a more normal level. We went out one evening to a cabaret performance. The singer was great. We also got away one evening and played dominoes at our local brewery. Lots of fun though my husband beat me even though (because) he drew 22 tiles and then was able to block me several times!

We had lunch at our botanical garden cafe. Again, lots of fun! The botanical garden dome is wonderful in the winter since it’s warm and all the plants are green and growing! Some are blooming and there’s even an area with cactus! On the way to the botanical gardens and along the Des Moines River is the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens with an Asian pavilion as the main feature. Ray was an Iowa governor (1969-1983) and the first public official anywhere in the United States to offer the Vietnamese “Boat People” a safe haven as well as sending food and medicine to Cambodia and helping keep the Tai Dam of Laos intact as a people and a culture by making it possible for them to resettle in Iowa.

Blog Life

In January I read 16 books–much higher than my average of 7 or 8! Several of the books were short so that factored in, but I also read some very good ones which I flew through. In February, I’ve already abandoned two books–one at 36% and the other at 25%–because I decided they just weren’t what I wanted to read right now. They were depressing me and I want to enjoy my reading.

Last two weeks
Next week
  • February 2020 books on my list
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
  • Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
What I read recently
  • Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
  • Girls of the Dark by Katherine Pathak
  • House of Teeth by Dan Jolley
  • Blind Search by Paula Munier
  • The Island by Ragnar Jonasson
Books I got recently

Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan (ebook, purchased)

Some of the Best from Tor.com:2019 Edition by Elizabeth Bear, Siobhan Carroll, John Chu, Greg Egan,et al (ebook, purchased)

The World of Cork O’Connor by William Kent Kreuger (ebook, purchased)

Girls of the Dark by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

Fashion Goes to the Dogs by Peggy Gaffney (KindleUnlimited)

The Body on the Beach by Anna Johannsen (KindleUnlimited)

A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (ebook/library)

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (audiobook/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Are you planning anything for Valentine’s Day?

Sunday Post: A musical, a deer and more snow

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

It warmed up some this week. The temperatures stayed around freezing all week, but we still got a little more snow each day and since it was overcast little or no melting. Some of the side roads are still packed snow and ice. Some parking lots are slushy snow. Of course there are mounds of snow everywhere, too. For the most part I haven’t had any problems getting around town though I didn’t go out all that much. (I did almost get stuck in A Starbucks drive through since it was solid, bumpy ice!)

Adore Us! Line (a caucus parody of A Chorus Line)

Saturday night my husband and I went to a musical parody showing the Presidential candidates begging for Iowa voters. The opening song, a parody of the song “I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line was great. The whole parody was so well done. I especially loved that the Pete Buttigieg character was played by a very talented 9th grade boy! We stayed afterward for a question-and-answer period with the actors and author of the parody. (The above picture shows the stage during the q-and-a session.)

Elf and Olie

Elf and Olie are getting along better though Olie still chases Elf and tackles her sometimes which leads to swiping of paws, yowling and much indignation. She often acts like a grumpy old lady with a toddler she can’t get rid of.

We did have a scare with Olie one day. We have closed him up in a bathroom at night so he could eat, stay out of mischief and to give Elf a break. That morning he came out of the bathroom limping. As the day went on he began hopping on three legs, sleeping most of the time and putting little weight on his paw. We called our vet and got him in that afternoon. We thought maybe he’d landed wrong when he jumped from the bathroom counter. However, an x-ray of his leg showed no broken bone. (Thank goodness.) However, his leg was swollen so they surmised that in the scuffles with Elf she may have snagged his leg with a claw or her teeth. He got antibiotics, pain killers and other medicine. When we got home he slept for an hour and I guess the pain killers kicked in because he was running after Elf as though nothing was wrong! The next morning he was limping again. However, Olie is fine now and perhaps doesn’t jump on Elf quite as much. Maybe?!?

Cleaning and allergies

Good news? I’m over my cold. Bad news? I’m still having more allergies than I’ve had for the past year or so which is irritating, but usually the runny nose and sinus headache goes away after a couple hours. After I started feeling better I spent a couple hours each day cleaning my craft room so I could finally work on cards again. Since it’s been a month since I’ve done any cardmaking it has taken me a while to get back into the creative zone. Finally on Saturday I was able to make a card so I’m hopeful next week will be a creative one for me.

Blog Life

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
  • A Conspiracey in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
What I read recently
  • Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong
  • Wyrde and Wayward by Charlotte E. English
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Books I got recently

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (ebook, purchased)

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (audiobook/library)

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

Sunday Post: More snow and cold weather

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 discovered I forgot to schedule this post to publish this morning. Better late than never, I guess!

More snow this week

We had a dusting of snow one or two days last week, but on Friday it snowed all day. We got nearly 6 inches of snow. And then in the evening we got some freezing rain on top of the snow. The freezing rain was really a good thing since it was really windy on Saturday and further north where there was just snow the wind blew the snow and made it very hazardous to drive. Saturday the temperature also dropped during the day. By late afternoon it was 9 degrees F. (-12.7 C.) and with the wind blowing felt like -9 degrees (-22.7 C.)!

Since it was a cold and snowy week I didn’t go out too much. I did quite a bit of reading and listened to audiobooks while I worked on a jigsaw puzzle. It was quite an easy puzzle, but lots of fun since I liked the picture.

Allergies and a cold

I had more allergies this week and then one day when what I thought was allergies lasted more than 24 hours I decided I have a cold! My husband was sick earlier in the week so it’s not surprising I caught his cold. I hope it goes away soon!

Blog Life

With my cold I didn’t feel much like writing or thinking for that matter…lol. So I still didn’t get all the posts finished that I’ve got started. But maybe this next week.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Favorite 2019 books
  • 2020 goals
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Shattered Justice by Susan Furlong
What I read recently
  • Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
  • Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon
  • Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter
  • On Her Father’s Grave by Kendra Elliott
  • Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch
Books I got recently

Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder (ebook, purchased)

Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews (ebook, purchased)

As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson (ebook, purchased)

Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon (Audible Original January free audio)

Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter(Audible Original January free audio)

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

Sunday Post: Spring is coming…haha!

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

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We’re having another round of very cold weather…-5 when I got up this Sunday morning and a wind chill of -16. Supposed to be even colder tonight. At least we only got a smidgen of snow–most of it went south of us this time.

Cribbage

My husband and I have stayed in a lot this week since it’s cold and we still have snow on the ground still. (And we both were tired of usual activities.) So we decided to play cribbage Saturday night. We hadn’t played cribbage for a while. We even had to review the rules again! My husband almost always wins, but I was 30 points ahead going into the final lap so I thought I had a good chance. But, no, it was not to be–he won that game and the second game we played. 😦 But we had lots of fun and lots of laughs.

Daughters in Illinois and Indiana and then Chicago and orchids and St. Patrick’s Day…Oh, My!

At the end of the week we’re going to visit our two daughters–one in Illinois and one in Indiana. All sorts of fun in both places and then the next weekend we’re driving to Chicago to visit my husband’s sister. She has all sorts of great things planned for us–10,000 orchids at the botanical gardens, a Choir of Men concert and St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday and since we’re in Chicago I’m sure that is going factor into our activities…lol.

Travelling cats

Our two cats are travelling with us and then vacationing with our Illinois daughter! We’ve had a couple of bad experiences with two different pet sitters. Once when I’d asked the pet sitter not to open any closed doors we found one of our cats in a room (supposedly closed) when we arrived home. She is my cat who often hides and sometimes a stranger ( aka pet sitter) may not see her at all. She wasn’t closed in the room too long since there were no messes, but I couldn’t trust that pet sitter or that company after that. Our cats ride quite well in a cat carrier in the car so that is our best choice at the moment.

Blog life

I wrapped-up the Puppy Love challenge by reading six books and reviewing two of them during February. I also posted a review of Splintered Silence I read in December about two Marine veterans–a dog handler and her K-9 dog–both injured by an IED and suffering from PTSD.

I read seven books and reviewed four books in February–not a very good record, but at least I did that much! February was a busy month with various appointments, snow, cold and my daughter visiting for a week.

Recent posts
Next week
  • March 2017 books on my list
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (book had to go back to library a couple of weeks ago–I’m on hold again!)
What I read recently
  • Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards
  • Doggirl by Robin Brande
Books I got recently

Doggirl by Robin Brande

Gabriel & Mr. Death by Susan J. Kroupa

Old Bones by Cynthia by Harrod-Eagles

Next of Kin by James Tucker (Amazon Prime free read)

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Audiobook)

The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush (Audiobook)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (library)

Watcher in the Woods by Kelly Armstrong (library)

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

Sunday Post: Winter’s not over!

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 snow several days last week including last Saturday night when we got almost 10 inches of snow. We’re near a record for the amount of snowfall in February.

It warmed up on Saturday (to about 34 degrees!) and rained so we got some melting, but Saturday night we got some freezing rain and a little more snow. And next week it will get much colder again–a few days down near zero.

Daughter’s visit

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One of my daughters spent the last week with us. She came here to attend a class for work. She drove and brought her two dogs with her. I had a great time with the dogs and they loved being outside in the snow. They chased after balls, each other, squirrels and even tried chasing the birds!

It was so much fun to see her and get to spend time with her. She had last Monday off since it was Presidents Day and we spent the day doing a little shopping. She needed a few more work clothes and I got a pair of jeans and a shirt. We had fun in the evenings catching up, talking and laughing together. So much fun. She has left for home and the house is quiet. 😦

Blog life

I’ve read five books during the month of February for They Call It Puppy Love Challenge that Barb @ Booker T’s Farm hosts during the month of February. I’ve reviewed two of them and hope to review one or two more of them before the end of February.

I’ve visited a few blogs, posted a couple of reviews and answered a few comments, but there’s lots more to do. This week I hope I have more time to read, work on my blog and visit other blogs.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
What I read recently
  • Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard
  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage
  • Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong
Books I got recently

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine

Cornered Magic by Charissa Dufour

Stray Magic by Jackie Bouchard (Kindle Owners Lending Library)

The Fever King by Victoria Lee (Kindle First Read, Free for Amazon Prime)

Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood (library)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (library)

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (library)

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

Sunday Post: It’s melting!

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

Really cold several days during the week, but this weekend it’s warmed into the 40’s and 50’s. A 70 degree difference! Lots of melting going on so now we have fog and lots of standing water.

Donnie goes home

My son arrived this weekend and is taking Donnie home with him. Donnie was so excited to see him Friday night! I will miss him lots, but he’s so happy to be reunited with my son. I’ll miss them both.  We’ve seen a lot of both of them this past year while they lived in the Midwest.

Television

We’ve watched the new Star Trek series. We watched season 1 again and have now started on season 2. I’m really enjoying it.

Blog life

I’m still working to get my reviews set up plus write a few more. And I’m slowly visiting other blogs and commenting. I’m also getting a few posts set up and scheduled ahead. I haven’t done that for a while and it’s a good feeling.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Upcoming releases I’m on the fence about
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  •  Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
What I read recently
  • Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger
  • Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
Books I got recently

Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong (hardback, library)

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (audiobook, library)

And the Rest is History by Jodi Taylor (ebook, purchased)

Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards  (ebook, purchased)

Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan (ebook, purchased)

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

Sunday Post: End of January

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

More snow and cold plus wind this week. We had below zero wind chills and blowing snow one day. Roads that were previously cleared of snow were suddenly snowy and slick again. My husband and I had an appointment early that morning and luckily we had left early. We’ve had below freezing temps all week. Next week is supposed to get even colder with temperatures below zero for the high at least a couple of days. Of course, both my husband and I have various appointments and activities next week so we will be out in the cold at least some of the time. However, we have a reliable car with heated seats!

A deer in the yard

Donnie is a little hard to see since he’s at the back of our yard and is a small dog in snow almost over his head!

One afternoon Donnie (our son’s mini dachshund we’re taking care of during January) started barking and wanted to go outside. I thought he’d seen a squirrel so I let him out to chase it away from the bird feeders.

However, as soon as I let him out I saw a deer in the back of the yard. Donnie was ready to chase her out of “his” yard. The deer ran back and forth trying to remember how to get out of the yard. Donnie was furiously barking and forging a path through the deep snow that was almost over his head. I was standing on the back porch yelling at him to come back in since I was afraid if he caught up with the deer she would try to kick him. Of course, he ignored me!

The deer finally found the right spot to jump the fence and joined her five or six compatriots on the other side of the fence. Donnie continued to forge a path through the snow to make sure there were no more intruders! By the time I got him back to the house he was carrying a lot of the snow caught in his long hair. He was quite a sight, but he was also so proud of himself…lol. I didn’t even think of taking pictures of the deer, but once the deer was gone I did take some photos of Donnie trying to run and hop through the snow!

Winter cards

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I’ve mentioned before that I make greeting cards to send to friends and family. This week was the perfect week to make winter cards to send out. I listen to audiobooks while I’m making my cards so I feel like I get reading done at the same time I’m creating. Makes me happy!

Blog life

I’m getting back on track with posts and visiting blogs and commenting. I’m not caught up yet with  all the blogs I want to visit and comment on. Sometimes I get caught up in reading several posts and then have to go do something else and don’t get a comment done. Or I follow interesting links people put up and forget to go back and thank them for their links. I’m trying to do better with that because I really appreciate the content other bloggers (especially book bloggers) contribute and want them to know that. And I really appreciate people leaving comments on my blog and want them to know that, too. I don’t always reach my goals. It’s a work in progress!

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Most recent additions to my to-read list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington
  • February 2019 books on my list

My books

What I’m reading
  • Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger
  • Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
What I read recently
  • Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger
  • Zero G by Dan Wells
Books I got recently

Rack, Ruin and Murder by Ann Granger

Pit Perfect by Renee George

The Expert System’s  Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Working Stiff by Annelise Ryan

The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor

This Can’t Be Happening Collection (Free for Prime members–kindle & audiobook)

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

Sunday Post: Snow, cold and sunshine

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

Lots of appointments and places to go this week and then we had our second snowfall of the season Friday. It has also gotten very cold–below zero last night. We didn’t get a lot of snow, but the original snow hadn’t melted so it’s piling up and not supposed to get very warm for a while. But it is winter and the snow is beautiful. We had several sunny and cold days. I love the sun in the winter.

If we need to go somewhere it helps that the street in front of our house is a connecting road so the city keeps it plowed and clear. We have a long, steep driveway so we have a snowblower to help clear the snow. (We’ve gotten stuck several times trying to get the car up to our house when the driveway isn’t clear!)

We had planned to visit our daughters in Illinois and Indiana the next couple of weeks, but with the forecasts for snow and bitterly cold weather we’ve postponed the visits. Our son is coming to pick up his dog on February 1. I’m going to miss Donnie, but he will be so happy to see my son and leave for his new home in Seattle. We plan to visit our daughters sometime in February when we don’t have to worry so much about freezing rain and snow.

Blog

Reading Challenges

I spent quite a bit of time on my reading challenges. I signed up for a few more and finished all my pages for the 2019 challenges. I’m doing seven challenges–yes, seven challenges! I enjoy challenging myself in these challenges and as long as I’m organized I have fun with them.

I also signed up for “They Call It Puppy Love Challenge” which Barb @ Booker T’s Farm is hosting. This reading challenge lasts the month of February! I’m excited about this challenge since I’m enjoying reading books with dogs as major characters. I’ve especially enjoyed reading about working dogs–police dogs, soldiers’ dogs, therapy dogs. Check out Barb’s blog for more information.

Reviews and Comments

Now that I have my 2019 reading challenges organized I’m focusing on getting the 2018 reviews I’ve started finished and posted plus trying to write my 2019 reviews soon after I finish reading my books. I also worked to get caught up answering comments and visiting other blogs. I’m trying to visit a few blogs each day.

Recent posts

Next week
  • Books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger
  • Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington

My books

What I’m reading
  • Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger
  • Zero G by Dan Wells
What I read recently
  • A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  • Copper River by William Kent Kreuger
Books I got recently

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullett

Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews

Dark City by Kit Hallows

Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

What are you doing?

Are you going to look for the Lunar eclipse tonight with the “super blood wolf moon?” We have mostly cloudy weather forecast. 😦 But we’ll try to see if it’s visible. 

Sunday Post: A New Year

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 only had a trace of snow so far this winter and this last week we had several days it was bright and sunny and over 50 degrees.

Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas with our three kids. They were here for about a week so we had time to bake cookies, work on a jigsaw puzzle, go to a hockey game, go to brunch and lots of other Christmas activities. So much fun and so nice to have them home!

A new year

Donnie playing with his Christmas present!

We’re taking care of our son’s dog during January. He’s starting a new job as well as moving this month so we have Donnie while he’s getting settled. Donnie is a very cute mini dachshund and I will miss him when my son comes back to pick him up!

December was so busy and January is starting out busy, too. We have the Christmas decorations still to put away and cleaning and organizing to do after all the activity last month.

Personal goals

I’m also working on my personal goals for 2019. I don’t make resolutions. Making goals seems to work better for me. I’m still mulling over exactly what I want to accomplish this year in several areas of my life.

Television & movies

We watched Agatha Raisin on Acorn TV as well as a few different baking shows. We like the British baking shows better than most of the American ones. While our kids were here we went to a couple of movies–Mortal Engines and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Both were entertaining.

Blog

Lots to do on my blog. During the latter half of December I didn’t do any blogging. I had planned to schedule some posts, but that didn’t get done.

Blog goals

I’m working on my 2019 goals for my blog and a few reading challenges I want to do. This next week I hope to get all that figured out. I want to visit more blogs and see what other people in the book blogging community are up to. And answer the comments people have left on my blog…I want to get better at that in 2019, because I do appreciate people taking the time to leave a comment.

I still need to upgrade my theme and then upgrade my blog to the new WordPress. I have reviews mostly written so I need to finish them and get them scheduled.

Lots to do. . . .

Recent posts
Next week
  • My 2018 Reading Year
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • 2019 Reading Challenges
  • Blog Goals
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn
What I read recently
  • Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong
  • Hurricane by Janet Edwards
  • What Child is This? by Rhys Bowen
  • A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis
Books I got recently

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White

The Lewis Man by Peter May

Hello Love by Karen McQuestion

Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong

A Pilgrimage to Death by Alex Padgett

The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Denver Moon: The Mind of Mars by William Hammond & Joshua Viola

Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman

Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn (ebook, library)

Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger (audiobook, library)

Mythology by Edith Hamilton (audiobook)

The House With a Clock in the Walls by John Bellairs (audiobook)

What have you been doing? Do you make resolutions? Are you able to keep them?

Sunday Post: The Olympics Start

Sunday-PostKimberly 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

I’m over my cold and spent a little time sorting books and moving them to a different room. If they’re moved to a different room I must have done something good with them–right?!! I did find a few I plan to donate or take to the used bookstore.

We had more snow this week–an inch here and there plus a little over five inches one day for about 10 inches over the whole week. We bought a snowblower when we first moved here and I’m so glad we did. We have a long steep driveway that no one would be able to drive up if we didn’t have the snowblower. It usually takes about an hour to get the driveway clear even with the snowblower. It was only 4 degrees when I got up Saturday morning to a couple more inches of snow. Luckily we have a good furnace.

Television

My husband and I watched the beginning of the Olympics. So far we’ve seen some biathlon, a little skating, curling and the opening ceremonies. I really enjoy the winter Olympics. We also found a new Netflix show we’re enjoying–Altered Carbon. It’s a science fiction and it’s good. We’re also enjoying the Inspector George Gently series on Acorn. It’s a British police show.

Blog

I’m still feeling my way with my blog since I was away from it for so long. I’m enjoying what I’ve done so far. I’m trying to get a few posts done to have in reserve when I need them.

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

My books

What I’m reading

I’m a mood reader and I haven’t decided what I’m in the mood for!

What I read last week

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

Books I got this week

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy by Ann Cleeves

Modern Crimes by Chris Nickson

Game Over by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang (Kindle Unlimited)

West Cork by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde (Audible–free to download until May 2018)

What did you do last week?