Thursday, 8 February 2018

Day Eight Grateful Blogging February

I am flagging a little today for some reason, lots of things I should do and need to do, but lacking the enthusiasm.  Never mind, it will come back again.

It is still cold here, but warmer than the last few days.  Skies are grey which isn't very cheery is it.  Again the blue sky will return.  Not much other news to report other than todays what I am grateful for which I will come to in a moment. 

I am reading two books, one is Christmas in the snow by Karen Swan which I am enjoying a lot, although I don't seem to have much time for reading it, and the other is the second in the Swallows and Amazons series, Swallowdale, which I am behind on if I am to get it all read this month.  Last month I read three books so I would like to get at least three read this month too.  In January I read A redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg which I highly recommend, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome which I also highly recommend and What happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton which I recommend if you have an interest in politics as I do.

I ended up reading and listening to 34 books last year, the list is at the end of this post in case you are interested.

Anyway, moving on to my what I am grateful for.  Today I am grateful that it turns out I have good cholesterol test results, the "bad" stuff is below what it should be and the "good" stuff is above what it should be which overall gives me a good result.  Of course I have to lose weight, but I knew that without being told!  I am awaiting a diabetes test result, but the nurse said that with the numbers she got today I am at low risk so hopefully that will be ok too.

Hope you are having a good day!


list of books read/listened to last year.

Nigel, my family and other dogs by Monty Don
Once in a lifetime by Danielle Steel
The book of hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits
Five little pigs by Agatha Christie
This year it will be different by Maeve Binchy
Three act tragedy by Agatha Christie
Memoirs of an infantry officer by Seigfried Sassoon
Rogue by Danielle Steel
One, two buckle my shoe by Agatha Christie
Norwegian wood, stacking chopping and drying wood the Scandinavia way by Lars Mytting**
Summer at shell cottage by Lucy Diamond
Nights of rain and stars by Maeve Binchy
And then there were none by Agatha Christie
Sowing secrets by Trisha Ashley
The little book of hygge by Meik Wiking
Me before you by Jojo Moyes
After you by Jojo Moyes
A perfect life by Danielle Steel
Our Queen by Robert Hardman
Endless night by Agatha Christie
The kitchen diaries by Nigel Slater
The casual vacancy by J K Rowling - gave up on this one
Death comes as the end by Agatha Christie
The railway man by Eric Lomax
I do not sleep by Judy Finnigan
Betrayal by Danielle Steel
Sleigh bells in the snow by Sarah Morgan
The hollow by Agatha Christie
Miss Marples final cases by Agatha Christie
Christmas Holiday by W Somerset Maugham
The murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
A merry little Christmas by Debbie Macomber
The Christmas chronicles by Nigel Slater
The adventure of the Christmas pudding by Agatha Christie

** my number one recommended book from last year, you should definitely read this one!

The numbers of Agatha Christie and Danielle Steel books reflect the large number of books by these authors which I was given by someone, I still have many more books by each author to read.


  1. Thrilled to hear your results were all good. Toady I am grateful for our local services in this small community. The local store is a short walk from our cottage and is good for doing a top up shop saving hours of travelling into town.

  2. Cheers for the positive and happiness creating results. Great news.
    J x

  3. Today I'm thankful for a bowl of noodle soup. I think I'm fighting a cold and this makes me feel good.

  4. I am grateful today for being able to go out in the garden for a little while.I cleared the patio of leaves.Where are they still coming from in February?I am feeling a bit stiff in the shoulders though!!!

  5. Great results Amy. What a lot of books! Brilliant 😊

  6. Hi Amy, Your orange coat sounds very cheerful for a gray day outside. :) I'm glad my husband chose red for my coat, because most of us can wear that color well, I think.

    I'm sorry you're having a gray day; ours was that way yesterday and all of the previous weekend. Sigh. Yesterday we had a steady downpour of rain from the wee hours of the night until about 4:00 yesterday afternoon. We are thrilled to see blue skies today, even if it is cold and windy.

    Thank you for your visit and I hope you have a great weekend!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  7. Good lab reports are surely something to be thankful for!

  8. Wow! You are a cry fast reader.. I yet to finish one book which I started in January.. :(

  9. You are doing well with your reading! Good news on your results!
    Wren x

  10. A good mixed list of books, nice to read a variety. I'm grateful for the stack of good books I have to read.

  11. I did read Norwegian Wood. It was very interesting. I'm glad your lab numbers are all good! Yay!

  12. Congrats on the results! Hubby is struggling with those right now. Seems that when one thing goes down something else goes up. Great lot of books! I love reading. I am really thankful that I grew up learning to love books and in a place where there was a great library where I could borrow all the books I wanted. I can't imagine life without books.


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