January Reflections, 2021


I was so happy to welcome this January and this new year! After all the difficulties of 2020, how nice to have a “new beginning”!  And the month was filled with LIFE.

Weather-wise, January started with unusually warm weather and all our bulbs thought Spring had arrived. Mid-month, we had a week of major rainstorms with flooding and the closing of many streets in the area, and with water in our basement (110-year-old home with a leaky foundation). After the rains and the flooding subsided, we had a storm that dumped a couple of inches of snow on us!  It didn’t stick around very long, however, with the temperatures warming back up to 39-40 degrees during the day, but we enjoyed it while we could.

Byron and I were able to get our first dose of the Covid vaccine (Moderna). Hubby has some health issues that put him into the first phase, and because of that, I was also able to get my first dose. We are now anxiously waiting to make appointments for our second dose. So far, we haven’t been able to do that. Yikes!

My reading this month was both productive and enjoyable. Productive in that I focused on reading more books from my Classics Club list. I have now read 45 out of the 50 books I planned on reading for my 5-year period of time. My favorite reads this month were from that list: The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Arnim; The Reluctant Dragon, by Kenneth Grahame; and Most Secret, by Nevil Shute. Another favorite was the audiobook of Stacy Abrams’ book, Our Time is Now. I will be reviewing that one soon.

I am really looking forward to my February reading! Because it is Black History Month, I’ve decided that my focus will be to choose from the wealth of excellent books by black authors– from classics to modern fiction to non-fiction to books for young people! I have so many good books already waiting for me!



8 thoughts on “January Reflections, 2021

  1. kaysreadinglife

    Robin, love to see the pictures you shared. Good luck with getting your appointments for the second dose of vaccine. And enjoy your February reading!!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Kay! I’m trying to track down why we haven’t been able to make our second appointment yet. I thought we would be able to do so by now, but… Can you tell I’m anxious to get this waiting over with? I know we’ll still have to wear masks and social distance for a time yet, but knowing that we are fully vaccinated is a major anxiety reducer! In the meantime, I’ll enjoy my reading! I hope you have a great reading February, as well.


    1. Robin Post author

      Ti, late this afternoon we got a text message telling us that we could sign up for our second dose appointment! Hooray! Good luck with your second shingles shot, and I hope it won’t be too long before your COVID vaccination!


  2. Les in OR

    Oh, no! Water in your basement? That must have been stressful. It happened to us a couple of times in our old house in Nebraska, but we had indoor/outdoor carpeting down there, so it just took a little bit of work drying it out with a shop vac and several fans. I still worried about mold/mildew, but it didn’t seem to be a problem. Phew. I hope you didn’t have too much trouble with that.

    We’re still waiting anxiously for our vaccines. Mom should get hers in a couple of weeks and Rod later in the month. I’m hoping I’ll get bumped up higher on the list since I live in a multigenerational home. I’m glad you were able to gets yours along with Byron. Hope you get the second one before too long!

    Happy reading!


  3. iliana

    I hope you are able to get your second dose of the vaccine soon. How stressful and then on top of that the basement water issue! Hopefully February will be more calm and filled with some great reads for you. You are doing great on your classics project!



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