Hello and Happy Holidays!

Hello all! The last time I posted was October 30 and here I am a couple of days before Christmas. I guess there is something about holidays that prompts me to post. Most likely I won't post again before the new year, so I'm going to make this my wrap up post for 2017.

In 2017, I posted 19 times. That's pretty sad. It was the worst year for blogging for me. I felt like I had nothing to say. In January, I celebrated my 10th Blogiversary. So that was something. I read 15 books, according to Goodreads, which honestly is more than I thought. There wasn't anything on that list that truly knocked my socks off. I started what feels like a million books only to lose interest in them soon afterward which did not inspire me to pick up anything new.

I've given up Twitter completely. I think I went on there during the Readathon just to say hi. Twitter changed their platform so much that I left. I don't need to see everyone's likes. It's not Facebook.

2018 could be different. You never know. In January I have to pay for my domain name. I'm debating whether or not to do this. Is it worth holding on to this url for a handful of posts? On the other hand, I don't want anything weird to happen to my domain name. There are people who buy tiny, expired domain names and sell them. You just don't know who might end up picking it up. I don't want to inadvertently traumatize anyone who still has me in their blog feeds. So I'm probably going to keep it.

I've been crafting a lot. I've knitted several pairs of socks and mittens. I've cross stitched so much stuff. I've designed and stitched my own pieces. I'm definitely going to keep doing those things in 2018. I am planning to knit my first sweater. I'm also thinking about sewing more. Especially clothes. I'm disgusted with what is available in stores. The fabric is so cheap now that after a couple of washes things fall apart. Not to mention the wastefulness of the fashion industry and how terribly they treat their workers. I'm going to give it a try and see how it goes. I just bought fabric for a t-shirt.

At the moment I'm reading my online friend Karen E Olson's new book Vanished (via Netgalley). It's available on February 1. I always enjoy her books so it's going well. Since I was poking around on Netgalley anyway, I also downloaded The French Girl by Lexie Elliott. Maybe 2018 will be the year of the Thriller/Mystery for me!

2017 is almost behind us. I'm looking forward to a new year. Let's hope it will be a good one. I'm wishing you all good things, good books, and happiness. See you all on the other side of the calendar.