The Lily Cafe Digest #7

The Lily Cafe Digest #7

It’s that time again! Time for a break. Since my son will be off from school for the next 3 weeks, I’ll be taking the time off as well. Once again, this Digest comes at the start of my break, so I hope you understand why I’m not allowing comments. I don’t plan to be anywhere near WordPress for the next 2 weeks, though I’ll be around to write my upcoming posts during the third week, so I may stop in and say hi.

My last break came after 9 weeks of blogging, so I was a little caught off guard when the past 3 weeks just sped by. In a way, I think I was in denial that the winter holidays were coming up so fast. But, now that I’m elbow deep in flour making Christmas cookies, I’m faced with the reality that Christmas will be here too soon and my home will be flooded with toys. I guess that’s what happens when your kids have three sets of too generous grandparents?

Anyways, over the past 3 weeks, I wrote about how my worry as a parent has changed now that my son is in Kindergarten and his school has already gone on lock down twice. I also talked a bit about what it was like being pregnant with him about 6 years ago when I was in graduate school and trying desperately to regulate my stress so it would have minimal effect on him. He’s the happiest little boy ever, until his sister does something mean to him, so I think I was successful so far.

I’ve been reading perhaps too much lately. I had been so pleased I was keeping up with reading and writing reviews, and now I’m about 2 reviews behind. Oh well. At least I finished my book review obligations for this year and managed to end the year will a review of what I reviewed this past year. With all the reading, though, I never managed to really work on Queen of the Garden of Girls. I suppose I’ll be working on that over the next 3 weeks so I have more to post next year. I also haven’t been baking as much. Well, at least not ratio baking. I only fit in custard done the proper way with milk. I just spent the last 4 days making too many Christmas cookies. I’m sick of sugar and flour and ready to jump into the next book in Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series Brewed Awakening. The really funny part is I’ve never had a sip of coffee, but I’m addicted to these books and I know my husband got me the next book for Christmas because it’s the only thing I asked him to get me.

Take a Look at My Finding Magic in Motherhood Posts

Part 10: School and Pregnancy|Part 11: I Don’t Believe in Stress

Check Out the Two Books I Reviewed and My Review of My Year in Books

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri|The Music of the Mind by Ash Adler|The Books I Reviewed in 2019

Catch Up On Queen of the Garden of Girls

Part 15|Part 16| Part 17

Enjoy My Baking Adventures

A Christmas Cookie Tradition|Let’s Try Custard Again| A Year of Adventures in Ratio Baking

My Favorite Bloggers

Instead of sharing posts I’ve enjoyed from the blogging community, I want to end the year with the bloggers I’ve loved over the past 12 months.

The Bloggers I Love: Beautiful, Authentic Souls Edition

The Bloggers I Love: Writers and Book Reviewers

The Bloggers I Love: Moms Edition

I also want to mention a few lovely bloggers I’ve really gotten to know, bloggers who always stop by my blog, bloggers whose blogs I adore, and bloggers who have just been so lovely and supportive it’s made me cry. You can find them via the above links, but, as it’s the end of the year, I really want to thank them and let them know how much I love them.

Jennifer M. Zeiger

Brooke Cutler

Lisa R. Howeler

Bits and Dragons

I Didn’t Want to be a Mother

Our Little Red House

By Autumn Rain

Thank you for a beautiful year! See you in 2020!

Most Sincerely, kat

You can find a list of all the Digests plus some bloggers I adore over here.