TTT: What I’m Thankful For 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This month has been crazy with trying to get ready for the holidays and the quaran-tiny’s arrival (who may even be here by the time this post goes live!) on top of trying to stay safe and sane with COVID-19 restrictions, random house problems popping up at the worst time (don’t they always…), that I decided to slow down on the TTT posts this month.

But I had to jump in for this one to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you lovely, bookish people (who celebrate U.S. Thanksgiving). I’m grateful for this wonderful community here and on Instagram. I love seeing your pictures of gorgeous books, reading your thoughts on what you’ve read, and adding more books to my TBR than I’ll ever be able to finish.

So for this week, here are 10 things I’m grateful for Thanksgiving 2020!

  • Finding out I still like spending time with my husband even when we’ve been stuck together all day, every day, since early March because of shelter-in-place and work-from-home orders.
  • The invention of trampoline pinball (thanks to the Little). This has been my biggest source of cardio during SIP and it is a WORK OUT. Especially when you’re playing with a two-year-old.
  • That I have slammed through my Goodreads goal this year. Not sure if I’ll break three digits yet, but I’m close, and I’ve read so many beautiful books this year.
  • Holiday movies on the Hallmark channel starting in November. (12 Dates of Christmas is my current personal favorite of the new ones.)
  • My sewing machine and learning how to quilt. This has saved my blood pressure. I have anecdotal proof.
  • Mom-Little baking days. We try to bake something delicious once a week whether it’s a savory bread or a sweet dessert. Not only does this fill a couple hours in the afternoon, but we’ve had so much good food around the house and the kitchen always smells delicious.
  • Leaf vacuums. We don’t have a huge yard or a lot of trees, but I hate when the snow comes and you have that layer of muddy, decaying leaves at the bottom. This year we can snowball fight without fear because my yard looks gorgeous and leaf free.
  • Living near walking trails. We literally have one right outside our backyard fence and it goes on for miles. We’ve tried really hard to be responsible during the pandemic, and having access to these trails so close (that are rarely busy) has given us so much outdoor time without needing to drive to a more populated hiking trail/park.
  • Curbside pick up for everything. Food, groceries, clothes, cleaning supplies, and on and on. I hope curbside is here to stay forever.
  • Making it to the end of the year. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been doubting we could do it. But here we are! And I’m putting my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving. Fight me.

Happy Thanksgiving bookish people! Let me know what you’re thankful for in the comments or link up to your own TTT.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Great list! I have to agree with you about living close to places perfect for walking. I’ve loved having the countryside on my doorstep this year, especially during lockdown.

  2. lydiaschoch says:

    Congratulations on your new arrival! (Or soon-to-be new arrival).

    My post.

  3. Hannah says:

    Congratulations, that is so exciting! I am also thankful for all the walking trails near our home that we discovered this year. Even though it was too hot to walk much during the summer, we are definitely taking advantage of it now. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  4. evelynreads1 says:

    Congratulations!
    Great list!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  5. Susan says:

    I saw “I’m grateful my marriage has survived the pandemic so far” on someone else’s list and, although I chuckled, I realized that really is something to be grateful for. My husband owns his own business and was home more back in the Spring – he’s back in his offices most days now, BUT we have spent more time together than usual and I’m glad we’re still married 🙂 A good, strong, nurturing marriage is a blessing. Definitely something to be grateful for.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

  6. Alyssa says:

    This is such a great list. I’m glad you’ve found so many things to be happy about and thankful for this year. And I totally agree with you: love the curbside pickup. Happy Thanksgiving!

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