Dear readers, I’ve spent the past couple of weeks debating what to write here. First, I wrote about how exhausted I am and probably whined a little too much. Then, I wrote about a few mundane things that have happened to me and my family. But neither made me happy. I was resigned to this posting with what I had written the second time around. Until I read From one mom of a Kindergartener to another and realized just how lucky I am, so I’ve decided to take the grateful route.
I am grateful that my one school-aged child is not in Kindergarten. We’re very lucky he went to preschool and had a little over half a year of Kindergarten in the classroom. While more would have been better, I’ll take what he had. I’ll be forever grateful that he has had some classroom experience, that it’s made transitioning to distance learning a little easier.
I’m grateful that my toddler is a toddler and not a baby. I remember when I became a mom of two and just how instrumental my mom was in helping me figure out how to balance two kids. If she’d been born during the pandemic, I wouldn’t have had my mom’s help and guidance, so I’m thankful my daughter is a toddler who is learning to be independent and who isn’t old enough to be in school.
After what happened to Texas, I’m eternally grateful for what I have: power, water, food, sunshine, warm weather. It’s been awfully windy here in Southern California, but I’ll take it, and I’ll be grateful for what I have, what I’ll likely never have to live through. It’s easy to take things for granted, so I don’t, and now I’m working to do it even less.
I’m grateful for my children being who they are. I’ve read so many accounts of parents going stir crazy with their children, with dealing with the emotional and mental states of not just themselves but their children as well as everyone has been forced into lock downs and shut downs over and over. My kids have taken everything in stride. They still miss Disneyland, but, otherwise, they’ve settled very comfortably into our new normal. To the point where I’m afraid I may never get them out the door again.
I’m grateful for all of you, the people who take the time to read, like, and comment. It’s easy to feel like you’re writing into a vacuum, but knowing there are people, no matter how many or how few, helps. I’d probably keep blogging even if no one read (been there), but I love the community and can’t thank all of you enough for all of the support you’ve given me over the past few years.
I’m grateful for the few people who follow me on social media and put up with me having zero idea of what I’m doing. It’s been so nice to have a couple of people to chat with on Instagram since I mostly dislike that one, but they make it easier to stay. I’m grateful for the 20,000 monthly views I somehow have on Pinterest, which is kind of weird because when I was actually trying to build it up, I seemed to be stuck in the low thousands. Now that I’m only pinning my own content and doing nothing else, it keeps going up. Weird.
I’m grateful to all the authors, publicists, and publishers who so kindly send me books. There can never be enough books in my life, so I’m grateful to them for feeding my obsession. I always feel guilty about taking free books because I know, for indie authors especially, a copy given away doesn’t earn them a cent. But I also feel guilty taking anything at all for free. So I always try to repay with the best review I can possibly write.
There are so many more things I’m grateful for, ranging from the basic necessities of life to the comforts my husband’s continuing employment offers, but I’m sure you’re done reading me by now, so I’ll just end with being grateful for my family, my cat, my friends, all of you. Thank you for dropping by, for clicking “like”, for leaving a comment, for reading what I have to say. It all means the world to me.
Fantasy and Sci-Fi
The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly | Bellarose and Gerard by Carla Reighard | The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick | Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler | The Vague Ship by Adam West | Snow Dust and Boneshine by Grendolyn Peach Soleil
Mystery and Thriller
Life Between the Pages
My Bookish Wish for 2021 | WWW-January 6 | WWW-January 20 | LTB: Why Do You Blog? | Short Story at jenniferzeiger.com | When Books Start Talking to You, You Know It’s Time | Books That…Have Fabulous Friendships
Book Blog Tour:
Catch Up On Queen of the Garden of Girls
Enjoy My Ratio Baking Adventures
Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community
Typically, I write a brief bit on why I liked each particular post, but, with everything going on lately and just feeling even too exhausted to peruse posts half the time, I’ll instead just be listing them as I don’t want to eliminate this part of my Digests just yet.
How to escape from Earth from Bits and Dragons – don’t we all need to these days?
Blogging Truths Be Told: Stalking Your Numbers and Comparing Them to Others – (Part 2) from Degrees of Maternity
The Blank Piece of Paper from Charlie Brown
Here’s What I Know About Writing a Book from The Happily Anchored Nomad
Strange Encounters from KN J Tales and Snippets
Kittens from By Autumn Rain – adorable!
6 Memes for the Reading Obsessed from Elaine Howlin – I love these every week!
How I Plan to Read More Books in 2021 from Dovey Reads – great ideas on how to do it!
The Difference Between Reading a Book and Promoting a Book from Simone and Her Books
Socially Thinking: The Perils of Censoring What We Don’t Agree With from Boondock Ramblings
Today Marks 100 Days of Virtual Kindergarten from Confessions of a Parentless Mother
Allyship Check-In: No 11 from Thoughts Stained With Ink – as a person of color, I can’t appreciate what Nicole does enough!
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers from Classy X Book Reviews – I love this review so much more than my own! Skip mine. Read this one.
Most Sincerely, kat
You can find a list of all the Digests plus some bloggers I adore over here