I can't tell you how much this list makes me happy. Because it's happening! We're not doing a complete kitchen and dining room makeover - just a mini-makeover, but even that much has me jumping for joy and super excited. We've already made headway, albeit small steps towards the end goal. Jarrod has already peeled those aged apple vinyl decals off the walls. And, we just ordered the new sliding glass/screen doors from Home Depot. We originally went to Lowes, but Lowes employees decided to ignore our request for assistance again and again. When we went to customer service to share our - frustration, the two employees at the desk laughed at us. I'm totally serious. So, we went to Home Depot. There was nobody in Millwork the evening we visited but they happily took our name and number and gave us the card of the gentleman who does work in millwork along with his work schedule. That is all Lowes would have had to do, too. Unfortunately, the ignored our request instead. Now, that's a story on its own.
Today begins #the100dayproject for 2022. If you're interested in checking out more about this creative project go to @dothe100dayproject on Instagram or the100dayproject dot com. Basically, it is a creative endeavor that participates do for 100 days. Normally, the project lasts 100 days consecutively, but some people break up the 100 days in other ways which is totally fine. In 2020, I completed the project in 100 consecutive days, but in 2021 I took almost the whole year to get in 100 days worth of creative writing.
This year, my project is simple.
I will be using a 4 x 6 journal card from Ali Edwards' story kits, the journal cards that have a story prompt. I have been subscribing to Ali's story kits (mostly digital kits but I have quite a few physical journal cards from the physical kits, also) from the beginning (since September 2014) - so I have tons of journal cards with a story prompt.
I will be simply writing my story based off those journal cards prompts. I am using a 6 x 8 album to hold all of the journal cards full of stories! I didn't purchase a new album but I'm using one from my stash. I also had enough 4 x 6 page protectors (the two, 6 x 4 per page) in my stash, also. I don't really have any rules for my project. Either type or handwritten. I'm not to concerned with necessarily writing out the stories as most of the journal cards are on my computer in digital format. I might do an occasional flip up or fold out or even add a photo. No boundaries, really.
So, today I am sharing my first journal card to begin the 100 day project.
Once again I am documenting what I've been reading each month in a 4 x 8 mini album from Citrus Twist Kits - love this size, especially for a start and finish album. It holds 12 months of reading pages beautifully. And, I can create pages inside the page protectors - or like today's pages - outside the page protector.
I read 13 books this month! I remember January of 2021 when I read 20 books but I knew I wouldn't be able to replicate that success, especially since I battled COVID for a couple of weeks. Jeff had COVID, too, but his episode wasn't respiratory in nature like mine, so he was able to read several books while he was home - sick. Probably, the most he's ever read in such a short span of time. I was super excited for him because he likes to read but just doesn't find the time - or he's simply to tired.
For my first pages of the year I created a hybrid page adding a vellum overlay. Then, I decided to highlight my book club books this year. I'll be using library card / card holders for my book club book each month and include a few thoughts about the book we read. We met on January 31 to discuss Apples Never Fall. There were 8 of us last night! It was a lively discussion - and lots to discuss. Apples Never Fall is a great book club read for discussing! Highly recommend.
I included a one line, short thought on each book. I am hoping to include these one-liners on every book on every page I create this year. While I have all of my mini thoughtful reviews (not really reviews on the books but if / why I liked the books) here on the blog and I can easily find them, I'd like to have at least a quick look why I liked a book in my album.
This month I spent much of my reading time re-reading books in Louise Penny's series, Armanda Gamache, of the Quebec Surette police. They are murder mysteries without the suspense. I adore Gamache and the cast of characters within the series. It had been awhile since I had visited Three Pines from the beginning and in fact this is my first re-read all the way through the series thus far. I still have quite a few to go and will visit many of those in February.
Falling and Hostage, both are suspense thrillers - outside my comfort zone, normally, but involved airplane terrorism and both came up on my library holds so I succumbed to the suspense and now I've had enough of airplane passengers being taken hostage and the associated blackmailing and kidnapping to last me for quite some time.
Without further ado - my good reads for January 2022: