Certainly was a quiet Thanksgiving this year! Almost nothing traditional about it, as just for the two of us, no sense in trying to have a turkey (or ham—not good for him). I must admit to getting very tired of turkey, turkey sandwiches, turkey salad and turkey soup. I do enjoy the cranberry, however, and that’s where the CE balks. So we opted instead for coconut shrimp and scallops and fruit salad with French fries—something we both agree on! But anytime is good for shrimp and scallops.
I usually use the long weekend following Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas. Well, that will be delayed this year as I’m not crazy about bringing out the same old tired decorations. Needed something a little more festive to fill the void this year.
Looking over decorations, it would appear Covid has played a large part in new and unique Christmas decoration ideas, with Santa wearing a face mask to ornaments with face masks and rolls of toilet paper. Oh, so, crafty. A not-so-subtle tongue-in-the cheek remembrance of Christmas 2020. Perhaps you’ve also noticed some VERY unusual tree ornaments this year?
So yes, December is upon us and I must admit to being one of those who never thought we’d still be fighting the pandemic at this time of year. Much less phase two or three. I’m doing a lot of shopping online this year and it’s actually fun getting packages. Our TV hit its designed obsolescence and out it went, so we ended up doing a Black Friday thing for a new one. Something in which we’ve not participated since 2004. Technology in a new TV now requires an engineering or programming degree to fully install.
There was a mix of sixteen books reviewed, blitzed, or toured in November, shared between the CE and I. If you missed any reviews, just click on the links below the graphic.
- The Secret of Rosalita Flats by Tim W Jackson (5 stars)
- Parabellum by Greg Hickey (CE review)
- Puzzling Ink by Becky Clark
- Wine Tastings are Murder by Libby Klein
- Leave No Trace by Sara Driscoll (5 stars)
- Hideaway by Nora Roberts (Audiobook)
- A Big Fat Greek Murder by Kate Collins
- Big Kibble by Shawn Buckley and Dr Oscar Chavez (CE review-5 stars)
- In Her Tracks by Robert Dugoni
- House of Correction by Nicci French (Audiobook)
- The Sky Worshipers by F M Deemyad (CE review-5 stars)
- Mystery at the Old Mill by Clare Chase
- Ink and Shadows by Ellery Adams (5 stars)
- Hunting Season by Nevada Barr (Audiobook)
- And the Devil Walks Away by Kevin R Doyle (CE review)
- Irish Parade Murder by Leslie Meier
Audiobooks – 23 of 10-15 challenge Achieved
Goodreads! 156 of 160—only four more. I’ve (we’ve) got this!
Historial Fiction: 13 of a goal of 10 Achieved
NetGalley: 79 of 75 review goal Achieved
Once again, struggling with the block editor interfering with the update to my (classic editored) Challenge page. If it looks weird—it is—and I’ve no clue how to fix. Still, you can check the page to see those challenges achieved.
In the meantime, lovely readers, followers, and authors, take care, stay safe. I do so appreciate your continued support.
©2020 V Williams
Graphic attributions: Santa mask by Amazon