New Year, New Things

πŸŽ‰ Happy New Year! 🎊

I hope that you have been enjoying the New Year so far! πŸ˜€ Mine has certainly been… interesting.Β πŸ˜…

Along with this new year, I have few new things to talk about.

First, I plan to change my theme soon for a refreshing new look. (My plan was for this to happen on New Years Day and then me getting sick derailed it…Β πŸ˜…Β This is also the reason for the lack of posts since Christmas. Sorry, guys, I hope to get back on track soon. I’m much better but the congestion and coughing came after I thought I was better and uuugggghhhh. 😝)Β So consider this is a warning: if you see wonky things happening such as themes changing, things randomly disappearing, widgets moving from place to place – sorry for any confusion that may result from that. (Because of some cold medicine I took, I slept from 2AM until 6PM the next day for two days in a row; and now my body doesn’t understand when to sleep. Therefore, these changes will most likelyΒ happen in the middle of the night or very early morning in the daysΒ to come. Hopefully, not many people will notice the craziness that will ensue as I figure out how to set everything up…Β πŸ˜…)
Anyway, IΒ plan to switch from the Booklite theme to the Hemingway Rewritten theme. Maybe. The main reason for the change is that I really like the sidebar menu and the Booklite theme doesn’t allow one. So I know that it will be a theme with a sidebar. And a header. I really like my header. 😊

Second, in the meantime, I went ahead and messed with the fonts and added new widgets at the bottom of the page now (if you are viewing in the reader, click here and scrollΒ toΒ view) – a new tag cloud widget and a Goodreads widget! I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had a Goodreads account, and I finally figured out how to put it on my blog so that you all canΒ see what I’m reading. I must warn you, they span many genres. I don’t stick to one kind.Β πŸ˜„Β So you’ll see Christian fiction and nonfiction, Mysteries, Young Adult, and Children’sΒ books. I know, I’m in my mid-twenties I should have outgrown Children’sΒ books already, right? Nope, not for me.Β πŸ˜„ I’ve always loved these and I love writingΒ for this genre too.

Third, I’m reading My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers (looks like you can get it daily free here: https://utmost.org/ if you want to read it too) and Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman this year, which I haven’t tried to do before – reading a yearly devotional, that is. I’veΒ read a month-longΒ devotional once, but not a year-long one. And two devotionals at once, I know, what am I thinking? Haha. Read one in the morning and one at night. We’ll see if I succeed in keeping up with it. So far so good. πŸ™‚ But this is only January 2nd and I’m spending a lot of time in bed because of this cold which means extra time to read… so that doesn’t mean much. πŸ˜‚

Fourth, I want to thank my parents (who got the same cold… from me… I’m so sorry both of you, that is one Christmas present I never wanted to give youΒ πŸ˜…Β πŸ˜…Β πŸ˜…)Β for being so patient with me while I’ve been sick. I want to give a shout-out to my mom. Like I said above, sheΒ got the same cold I did, and even though she did, she fed my cats when I couldn’t go outside because the cold air made my cough so much worse, and I appreciate it so much. And I’m sure that they do too. (I can’t wait until I can start feeding them myself again though – I miss spending time with and cuddling my furry babies! <3) I mean, take a look at some of them. (Pictured below: Catalina, Simone, Rabbit, Jay, Firecracker, Radar, Belle, and Dottie.)

😍❀😍❀😍❀😍❀😍❀😍

OKAY, OKAY. Maybe I won’t go outside and cuddle the last one. Philip the Opposum isn’t that cuddly. But he also isn’t camera shy if you give him food…Β πŸ˜‚

Well, I managed to get completely sidetracked and off-topic as soon as I mentioned cats. Typical…Β πŸ˜‚Β Anyway, I’ll be back soon with a new theme (I hope) and a new poem that I’ve been working on! Have a great Tuesday! ❀

44 thoughts on “New Year, New Things

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ It may be another day or two before I get it, sadly. I had a really rough day yesterday, but I’m doing better now. (Getting ready to go to bed at nearly 4:30 AM… πŸ˜„)

      Thanks! ❀

      Happy New Year to you as well! πŸŽ‰

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    • Thank you! ❀

      Thanks! It may be another day or two before I get to it; yesterday was pretty rough and I want to get extra rest. 😊 Thank you; all the best for 2018 to you too! ❀

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  1. Hope you are feeling better now! Btw I changed my theme too as I wanted to do something new! *Same pinch*
    I was and still am derailed ’cause of my “work life” now. *sighs*
    Looking forward to your posts this year. :*

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  2. Aww I feel so bad for “giving” my family whatever sickness I have! It’s unavoidable, but still makes me sad. I’m glad you figured out which new theme to pick for your blog! I love designing themes (granted I can get them to look the way I want them to, haha πŸ™‚ ) Aww the kitties are so cute!

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    • Yeah, exactly! I used so much Purell and hand soap that my hands were almost completely dried out, trying to not spread the germs, but alas, it didn’t work in the end.

      πŸ˜€ And it turned out pretty much like I wanted. It had all the features I wanted! I didn’t expect to find one that had everything!

      By the way, I love how your blog looks. You did a great job designing yours. πŸ™‚

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  3. Hello Grace! So sorry you had a bout of illness, since this is so late I will hope that you already have a full recovery. Blessings to you and your little zoo, I hope your parents recover soon to. Wishing you all hope and joy this new year ,, not too old yet I think. Take care my friend.
    Denny

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    • Hello Denny! πŸ™‚ Thank you; yes, I am much better now.

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

      Thank you. ❀ My dad has asthma and the cold settled into his chest; he's very ill still.

      You take care as well. How are you?

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