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First Book Of The Year – 2021

First Book 2021

It’s that time of the year!! Sheila is once again hosting First Book and it’s something I look forward to every year. Readers love the anticipation of a good read, don’t they? And I love the idea of starting 2021 with a good book.

Visit Book Journey for details but basically you select a book, take a photo of you with the book, and then email it to her. She includes it in a photo collage and off we go!

Here’s what I’ve chosen:

The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Overstory


Sunday Matters: When?

Sunday Matters

That is the question everyone is asking all over. When? When will things reopen? In California, there are plenty of protests about the current restrictions but none like the ones I see in Michigan.

In my city, I realized that a lot of people aren’t aware of what IS open. They are protesting saying that they are stuck inside their homes but no, you are not. You can go out, walk, run, hike, go the market and pick up food. Some small businesses opened last week after putting some safeguards in place. We were not barricaded by plywood over our front doors. What is the deal? Things are open and other businesses are opening weekly.

Right Now:

Church and youth group online. Bacon and hash browns might happen.

This Week:

I was very excited to see our local used bookstore open for curbside pick up. They share photos of their shelves and then you tell them what you want. I saw an entire shelf of Harlan Coben books. I have loved the Netflix shows so reading his books should be next. I will probably order a few this week.

My daughter’s sign language class ends this week. Thank God! High School classes go on for a little longer. My son’s spring quarter doesn’t end until July.

Classes at the university I work for will be online for fall. My work told me to continue working from home, for now.

Summer camp for  my high school group was cancelled. I knew it had to be. No way to social distance in a cabin, chapel or the dining hall but it was still a hard pill to swallow.

And my tickets to see Hamilton this August? Cancelled. We are looking for another date. BUT, did you hear about it being streamed on Disney Plus July 3rd? The original Broadway cast!


I am reading Dead To Her. It’s not at all what I expected. Quite racy, actually. I am flying through the pages though.


We finished Season One of Broadchurch. Really good. Can’t wait to begin the new season.

New Things I’ve Tried:

We tried a new-to-us Gastropub for dinner last Friday. We picked the food up, of course but the gourmet burgers were so delicious and they had a gluten free bun for me. We ate in the car. We will definitely go back.

Grateful for:

  • Good TV to keep my mind off of the news
  • That I am still employed and able to work from home
  • That our re-fi closed when it did

How are you? Going crazy? Doing okay? I know those of you with younger kids really need a break.