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A Writing Challenge – The TBR Pile

Diana Wallace Peach starts 2022 with a writing challenge: write a story or poem about the TBR pile.

My TBR pile is ever-present, ever-growing, so it’s not hard to uncover it!

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I reshuffled and re-prioritized the books on my Kindle. The last book I wanted to read is now in the middle of the library.

How did it happen so fast?

I wanted to count how many books are on my TBR list. No need. On the left side of the Kindle, it tells me the total number of books I have, just minus the number of books I’ve read and reviewed on Amazon. So, I have about 140. I read from PC and now also read on iPad 9th generation. When I open Kindle, it shows the library with the total number of books I have on the left. Please see the screenshots. The books I’ve finished reading would have a percentage on the right top corner.

Well, how come some of them have no covers and say expired?

There were a few times Amazon offered a free trial for Kindle Unlimited. I took the offer and downloaded some KU books. I was over-ambitious and downloaded too many. Before I knew it, those pretty covers went blank because the download links disappeared.

I need to read and do some book reviews!

Amazon offered a discount price for Kindle Unlimited if I signed up for three months. I did. Three months zipped by in a flash!

Shit! I should have used the money to download those books. I would have owned the books and benefited the authors instead of Amazon! When am I going to learn?

Amazon offered a discount again for six months on Kindle Unlimited with an even cheaper price (they know I’m hooked). I signed up four and a half months ago.

Why would I have done that just before the holidays, knowing I would read even less during the family holidays? Now I have a month and a half to read those KU books.

Back in 2021, I debated on whether to buy a new iPad. Ten years ago, I bought an iPad 2 which is almost obsolete. I can’t download any new apps because they’re not compatible. The original cover with the keyboard I bought is coming apart. I’m sitting hours in front of the computer, which hurts my lower back. If I get a new iPad, I could sit on the couch to do a certain thing on the iPad, such as check the emails, respond to the blog comments, and a few other things. Oh, there are a couple of computer games I love on the iPad 2. Perhaps I can play those games on a new iPad, especially when I’m on the short two-hour flight to Portland to visit my daughter and her family.

After thinking and rethinking, I bought the iPad 9th generation as a Christmas and birthday present for myself. I tried to download many apps such as my blog and emails. When I downloaded Twitter and signed in, my account got hacked!!!

What happened? My Twitter handle is different? What? The following and followers are empty!

It took me several hours to figure out my Twitter got hacked. I wrote a message to Twitter, and they restored my account.

Phew!

Then I tried to download some games. The versions of my familiar games are not there anymore. A big change in the games and gaming industry.

That’s great! What am I going to do with the new iPad? Oh, wait! All my books are on the Kindle of the new iPad. I don’t know what happened because the books are not on iPad 2. Well, with the cover and keyboard, the new iPad weighed no heavier than a notebook. I can carry it around and hopefully do more reading this year!

Apple iPad 9th gen review: The safest iPad bet makes more sense than ever -  CNET

Congratulations to myself! I read and reviewed one book already! I like the new iPad 9th generation!

Shh…… Don’t tell in case I can’t keep up!

Diana Wallace Peach’s Writing Challenge: The TBR Pile

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National Gratitude Month – November

November is National Gratitude Month – Royal Threads by Erica

Yvette M. Calleiro reminds me of a Calm calendar for November. You can download it if you’re interested.

National Gratitude Month is celebrated every November. It was declared the month of gratitude in 2015 after author Stacey Grewal advocated for it.

“Gratitude is an essential ingredient of a happy, fulfilling life,” said Grewal, who wrote the book Gratitude and Goals. “Research shows that practicing daily gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress and drastically improve our overall level of wellbeing. This challenge is a great opportunity to see if you can improve your life by getting more in touch with gratitude.” Grewal pointed out that, on average, grateful people tend to be happier, healthier; more physically fit, have a higher income and have much more satisfying personal and professional relationships. – PR Newswire

“Gratitude – The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” – Oxford Dictionary

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I will take time to relax, reflect on things I’m thankful for this year, write, and be with my extended family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

I will focus on expressing gratitude in many ways :

1. Write a daily gratitude journal (could be brief)

2. Wake up filling my mind and my heart with thankfulness

3. Be grateful for health (good or not so good) and being alive

4. Be intentional to show appreciation to family members, friends, and people around me.

5. Stop and be thankful for the safe environment

6. Appreciate the natural beauty around me

7. Be generous in giving in a tangible way

What would you add to this list? I would like to hear it.

This means my blogging time will be reduced. I have two posts later in the month. Other than that, I’ll resume posting in December, in time to celebrate Christmas.

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Editor's Note: Living Grateful and Thankful – Wisconsin Conference of  Seventh-day Adventists

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #ChineseNewYear by Miriam Hurdle

I’m with Sally at Smorgasbord Blog Magazine today. Sally features my post about the legend and traditions of Chinese New Year. I learned a lot by preparing this post. It brought back many childhood memories. Please head over to visit Sally and her rich features on her blog.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021 – details of how you can participate are at the end of the post.

This is the first post from children’s author and poet Miriam Hurdle and was published in February 2021 and is a celebration of Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year – Memories, Calendar, Legend, and Traditions

Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 12, 2021. It is the year of Ox. The holiday was…

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SoCS – Hairpins

Linda G Hill at Life in Progress said, “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “pin.” Use it as a noun, use it as a verb, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!”

Here are two of the seven rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

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I have medium-length hair most of my life except a few years when short hair was in style.

When I was in elementary school, my hair was at the shoulder length. I parted the hair on the left and pin up the front to the right. I looked at my childhood pictures and noticed the curled end because my hair has natural waves.

Some movies remind me of the hairstyles I once had. When I was a teenager, I looked like a young adult because of the hairdos. The following are the hairstyles I tried, not in a particular order.

I remember having the flicked-up style for my medium-length hair. I used large rollers to roll all around the end of the hair outward to create the flick-up. Since my hair has natural waves, I had the advantage to hold the flick-up all day.

I also had the beehive style. The beehive style is to make the hair have an exaggerated look, which involved scraping a small amount of hair at a time, then applied the hairspray all over before combing the outer layer to make it look like a beehive. Some ladies still wear that style if their hair is short and thin but want to make it look thick and full. With my medium-length thick hair, beehive style made me look like wearing a hat piece.

The bun hairstyle was fun to make, and I wore a single bun in the back near the top of my head. I first put up a ponytail, then divided up the hair into the top half and bottom half. For each half, I wrapped the hair around my finger and tugged the end inside toward the center, then pin the hair with hairpins to create a donut shape bun.

I liked the simple and clean look of the Pageboy style, but it had to maintain a certain length to keep the style.

I take pride in my thick, somewhat wavy, and long hair. The longest hair I had was at the midway between my shoulder and the waist. During the six months of chemotherapy for my cancer in 2009, I lost about 80% of the hair gradually. I know many people shave their heads, but I didn’t want to do that. When going out for a walk or go to meetings, I wore a hat. The hair was getting thinner and thinner, and I treasured every strand. At one point, my husband said I looked like a punk. There were a few strands longer than the rest. With great effort, I trimmed it to make the end look more even.

My daughter was coming from Portland, Oregon to visit me in the summer at the end of my chemo treatment. I didn’t want to shock her with my look. Every two months, I took the side view and the back view of my head showing the gradual loss of hair to prepare her visit.

It took two years for my hair to grow back to the length I wanted.

When I have my hair trimmed, usually I want to keep the length, but have it layered. Once I had a guy trimming my hair. Even after I described to him how I wanted it done, he kept trimming it and trimming it. When it was done, my hair was short. I was so mad. What made me more upset was when he said, “Short hair looks good for your age.” What a jerk!

I don’t want a guy to do my hair unless he also has long hair!

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Thriller Iain Kelly, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle

I’m over at Sally Cronin’s blog as she is updating the author’s details in her Cafe and Bookstore. Please head over to visit her and check out the fascinating features on her blog.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily…

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