Showing posts from January, 2018

Christmas 2015


Recent Reads

What Remains True by Janis Thomas (2017).  Told in various alternating viewpoints, ranging from the family dog to the spiritual remainder of the family son, readers experience the aftermath of a tragedy that left five-year-old Jonah dead.  Guilt and grief permeate the book, which still manages to bring a sense of hope for the future before the story concludes.

The Distance by Jeremy & Hilaree Robinson (2016).  Strangers August, located in Arizona, and Poe, living in New Hampshire, survive a catastrophic event that turns most of humanity into piles of dust.  After learning through ham radio that Poe is young, pregnant, and alone, August begins a long cross-country journey to reach her.  Why were August, Poe, and others they come across saved?  What happened?  While August's journey drags a little, this book is worth a read for post-apocalyptic fiction fans.

The Last Thing She Ever Did by Gregg Olsen (2018).  The unimaginable happens when Liz accidentally hits her neighbors' t…

Incoming Mail--Wanda in Canada

Cross-stitch snowflake card and letter.

Incoming Mail--Sarah in Wisconsin

Roman necropilis in France postcard.

Incoming Mail--Sue in North Carolina

Leanin' Tree card.

Incoming Mail--Trysha in Alabama

Florida postcard.

Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico


Incoming Mail--Limner in Texas

Fun card.

New USPS Rates--Effective January 21, 2018


Outgoing Mail--January 1-15, 2018

Cards and Letters to Mervi in Finland, Barbara in South Carolina, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Michele in New Mexico, and Laura in Iowa.

Letters to Lee in Scotland, Karen in Wisconsin, Michele in New Mexico, and Wanda in Canada.

Cards to Sue in North Carolina, Laura in Iowa, and Mom in Nebraska.

Postcards to Joel in Arizona, Sarah in Wisconsin, Jenn in Texas, and Trysha in Alabama.

Current Little Pleasures

Maya making me breakfast in bed.
The Curse of Oak Island on the History Channel.
Watching the New Years' Eve celebrations around the world on TV.
Clarks Emslie Warren shoes in Black.
Herb deicing my windshield every morning.
My sister's frosted sugar cookies.

Incoming Mail--Christmas Cards

From friend and pen pal Dana in North Carolina.
From friend and pen pal Wanda in Canada.
Also from Wanda.

Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico


Sweet SJ


Recent Reads

Kill for You by Michele Mills (2017).  Second book in The Catastrophe Series, though I didn't think I was lost for not having read the first book.  Famous, award-winning actress Rebel is just another survivor trying to get by in a post-apocalyptic world devastated by a virus.  Death row inmate Trevor is trying to reinvent himself in this new world.  What happens when the two meet, yet keep important secrets from each other?  Can their relationship survive the revelations of those secrets?

Winter in the Blood by James Welch (1975).  Welch's first novel and a classic.  Set on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana, depression and self-destruction permeate the young protagonist's life. 

Camp Six:  The 1933 Everest Expedition by Frank Smythe (1937).  Story of the 1933 Everest expedition, where Smythe continued climbing on his own after climbing partner Eric Shipton turned back.  Smythe reached the highest point on the mountain, first successfully climbed in 1953, at the time.


Current Little Pleasures


Scooter's Frosted Peppermint Mocha Espresso Blender

Shop visit for my car.  She's purring now.  We won't discuss the bill, though!

2017 Book Recommendations from Ask a Manager.  Love the whole blog!

Sending flowers to someone who appreciates them.  (Yesterday was my sister's birthday.)

Dogs either playing in the snow or trying to avoid the snow (impossible).  Very entertaining.

Outgoing Mail--December 16-31, 2017

Cards and Letters to Shirley in Nebraska, Wanda in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Barbara in South Carolina, Laura in Iowa, Haeleigh in Missouri, Tracy in Texas, Penny in Canada, Steph in Minnesota, Jenn in Texas, Hans in Sweden, and Claudia in California.

Letter to Michele in New Mexico.

Cards to Becky in Oregon, Wanda in Canada,  Laura in Iowa, Iris in Oregon, Mom in Nebraska, Shon in Nebraska, Liz in Iowa, Keli in Nebraska, and Sue in North Carolina.

Postcards to Joel in Arizona, Jenn in Texas, Melyssa in Colorado, Millie in Alaska, and Sarah in Wisconsin.

Happy 2018!