Thankful Thursday

Dear Readers,

Denise Carlson you are the winner of our Thankful Thursday giveaway. Look for an email from me! We are in the millionth day of the coronavirus pandemic. Wait, what? It only feels like the millionth day? My part of Northern Virginia is still on stay at home orders and even if we weren’t I’d still be staying at home. But I continue to find much to be thankful for and I hope all of you do too.

One person leaving a comment will win a book from each of the Wickeds.

Sherry: I’m grateful that my writing mojo has returned — I was starting to worry. I’m grateful that writing friends Lori Rader-Day, Kellye Garrett, and Barb Goffman nudged me to get back at it. One day a few weeks ago Lori said just go write 100 words. That worked and of course I wrote more. I will give an ebook of any of my books!

Barb: I’m grateful because I finally got to meet my newest granddaughter who was born in February over a delightful four-day mother’s day weekend. And back in Maine, it’s finally spring. Hooray! I’m giving away a hardcover copy of my first novel, The Death of an Ambitious Woman.

Edith/Maddie: I am thankful for the spring birds and all the greenery, at last, and the for the advent of the fresh produce season in New England. And I’m especially thankful to have won the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel for Charity’s Burden! To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage amendment, I’d love to give away a signed copy of Turning the Tide, the third Quaker Midwife Mystery.

Julie: I’m grateful for the 21-Day In-Between Challenge I’m doing. I love going live on Facebook every day and talking about the prompts. I’m also grateful because, as always, the teacher is learning. I’m also grateful to have finally figured out the plotting issues in Book #4 of the Garden Squad series. I’m giving away a copy of Pruning the Dead.

Liz: Like Sherry, I’m grateful that I seem to have overcome my creative drought and am back on track with Full Moon Mystery #2. Also grateful for the upcoming holiday and a break from the day job that I can spend writing. I’m giving away a copy of one of my Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, Murder She Meowed.

Jessie: I love everyone else’s notes of gratitude! I’m thankful for my screen house! My sons set it up on the deck for me on Mother’s Day and we moved patio furniture inside it. We added a record player, potted plants that thrive in shade and some cozy quilts and throws to ward off the chill in the evenings. We have enjoyed gathering there together by candlelight each evening that hasn’t rained ever since! I will give away a copy of Murder Flies the Coop!

Readers: What are you thankful for?

117 Thoughts

  1. I am thankful that spring weather has finally arrived in Ottawa, with spectacular weather, greenery and colour with tens of thousands of tulips blooming in time for our annual Tulip Festival. The festival was cancelled due to the continued state of emergency and we are not allowed to stop in parks. But the city relented in allowing us to take quick photos in person while keeping 6 feet apart and removed the “no photos allowed signs”. After 2 months, I am grateful that my reading mojo is returning and I am currently reading thrilling ARCs by Tracy Clark and Zoe Sharp. And I am grateful that I am finally feeling better…not fully normal but getting there!

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  2. Jessie, I’m jealous of the screen house! I’m thinking I need to screen in part of my porch against mosquitos.

    I’m grateful that, if we have to have a pandemic, at least we’re having it at a time when technology allows us to stay connected online. I’m also grateful for a new appreciation of the little things. The flash of yellow as a goldfinch flits from bush to bush in my yard. The smell of apple blossoms. The peek of pink blooms on my rhododendron. The aroma of baking bread. The feel of a spring breeze wafting through my open windows. So much to be thankful for.

    And I’m thankful for all of my Wicked friends.

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  3. Like Annette, I’m grateful for the technology that has allowed all of us to stay connected in these days of social distancing and stay at home orders. I’m also grateful that this pandemic allowed us to distill what is important and we’ve made decision to return to our home in Maine. We’re moving back this July provided interstate travel is doable. Finally, I’m grateful that my creativity has returned. March and April and the first half of May were creative deserts. I’m back to my morning writing/editing routine.

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  4. I’m grateful for actually learning how to use Zoom and having weekly chats with my friends. It helps us all to stay connected and check in on each other.

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  5. I’m thankful that I get to have my husband with me every day as he works from home; that I get to communicate with friends and family through texts, phone calls, emails, FaceTime and Zoom; and that we have or can obtain all of the things we need (minus gloves and wipes, but thankfully I still have some of those things left over) while in isolation. I’m also thankful that I can read and sew, and listen to old songs I can ask Alexa to play for me thanks to being gifted two devices by my mom and sister. 😊

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  6. I’m grateful for my family’s good health, online church, grocery pickup and that my daughter and husband can continue working. She works mostly from home to begin with, and he farms.

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  7. I’m thankful that my closest family and friends all seem to be healthy amidst the health crisis. And that I’m able to pay my bills while I am laid off.

    Pretty basic stuff I know, but I think basic is best during this time, no?

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  8. I am thankful that I have a job that allows me to work from home & that my family members who have been deemed essential for a variety of jobs (including a nurse, a warehouse worker, pet shelter worker, electrician, etc.) have all remained healthy. I am thankful spring finally made it to Western NY & that I can finally start working in the garden. And I am thankful to all the authors who provide us with these wonderful worlds to escape too when things get tough!

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  9. Extremely grateful that hubby and I plus all of our family members have been blessed in NOT getting the dreaded coronavirus. Also grateful that we haven’t had another major medical issues of any sort making it necessary to visit a doctor or worse yet being admitted to the hospital.

    In other matters, grateful that the weather has finally turned more spring like where we can sit on the porch to photograph our daily critter visitors without having the bundle up.

    Grateful for finally being able to have a garden again. It’s been a few year between caring for my Mom who lived with us with Alzheimer and then moving. Hubby grew everything from seeds. It’s been planed for a while and growing great. Tomatoes have blooms. I can taste the freshness already.

    Grateful to my Mom for always telling me the value of a well-stocked pantry. While we may not have been able to go to the store or to find that one ingredient for the dish that sounded so yummy, we have had plenty to eat and never ran out of toilet paper.

    Grateful for being retired with a guaranteed income when so many are in fear of losing everything because of having no income coming in. It’s another reason to be grateful to my parent’s for showing by example about putting away for a rainy day.

    Although we have excellent communication and love being home together, so blessed and grateful for the many hours spend on the porch just talking – about the past, present and future. Not only do we talk, but I think the extra time spent at home taught us to listen better too.

    Please be safe, stay healthy and my all means read a good book and enjoy a little adventure along the way!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  10. I am grateful for all the help we have received during this crazy time. I have two teenagers and my husband was let go from his job. So, no income coming in and still no unemployment checks yet. I am grateful for the food bank and the wonderful people who work there. Also the really nice and patient county workers who got me set up with medical and food assistance. It’s so hard to ask for help but these workers are truly angels and made me realize that this isn’t my fault. I’m just trying to feed my family. Stay safe everyone!💜

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  11. I am grateful for continued work and sustenance during this time. So many people have struggled with vital things that I am blessed to have, and hopefully not take for granted. Most of all I am appreciative of my dear husband and pets who make every day brighter.

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  12. Mostly I’m thankful to be healthy. My writing mojo also seems to have returned somewhat. At least, I was making good progress until a few days ago. Since then a cat medical issue has taken center stage in my mind, but I’m hopeful it will be easy to get back into my WIP once this is over.

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  13. My OCD has made this no problem to handle- stay home (check), hand sanitizer (check), wipes (check), work at home (check- own 2 businesses where I work at home anyway)….I’m hoping others have developed an appreciation of their life as things have been “taken away”. We live in luxury- get back to the roots.

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  14. I’m very grateful for being able to recently celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary with my husband (and they said it wouldn’t last). I’m also grateful that we are healthy, and that I still have my teaching jobs – a challenge that is not only financially necessary, but one that keeps me connected to the wider world and gives me a solid reason to face each day. And certainly, not least, I’m glad we are all staying healthy. I hope you all do too.

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  15. I am grateful for the health of my family, especially my great-nephew who was a very at risk premie, and who has now passed his first birthday! And I am grateful for a yard and a garden so I can be outside (when it isn’t raining!). Most of all I am grateful for books. My husband and I are retired and would have way too much time on our hands if we didn’t read. I have discovered new authors and enjoyed them, but can’t wait until the library and the bookstores are open again! There is nothing quite like looking at books and holding them and smelling that new book smell!

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  16. I’m thankful every morning I wake up. I’m thankful that I can work remotely from home. I’m thankful that I don’t have to climb the subway stairs every morning. I’m thankful for Facebook that lets me be in contact with my friends and family. I’m thankful for the many author virtual events that lets me see my friends. I’m hopeful that we’ll get back to normal – even if it is the “new” normal.

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  17. I’m grateful for the opportunity to relax and read a bit more. (Hope to win.) Also I’m grateful for the opportunity to re-prioritize. Before the pandemic, I had been invited to be on a local board. I realized during the pandemic how short life is and decided to bow out of that role.

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  18. I’m so thankful for the extra time I’ve been able to spend with my three grown children. They have all moved back home during this time and I’ve enjoyed it so much! Thanks for this great opportunity!

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  19. I am thankful for the beauty of nature! I love sitting on my front porch watching the birds at the feeders, and the little chipmunk that stops by for his daily fill of sunflower seeds. I am thankful for the colorful flowers that are blooming and growing in my gardens. The joy of hearing a hummingbird at the feeder hanging from my front porch. And I am SO THANKFUL that I finally managed to attract a Baltimore Oriole at the suet feeders! God gave us such beauty to enjoy all around us!

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  20. I’m thankful for you, ladies. Checking in with The Wickeds brightens my day. I’m thankful that my wife, who works in a hospital clinic setting, hadn’t gotten sick. I’m thankful that my older son, who is immunocompromised, is safe and healthy. I’m thankful that my younger son finished the college semester on the Dean’s List. I’m thankful for Maria cuddle sessions. I could go on, but that’s good for now. 🙂♥️

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  21. I’m grateful for the time at home that allowed us to get a new puppy! It has been a blessing to work on my house, play with a puppy and get some much needed rest!

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  22. There are so many things to be thankful for during these difficult times. So many people have found creative ways to bring a ray of sunshine to others. Restaurant workers who wear costumes to bring your meal to your car, communities that reach out and help those in need, authors who are sponsoring contests and giveaways for their readers and of course all those frontline workers who keep us safe and provide essential services!

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  23. I am so very thankful that my friend Blanche is slowly recovering from a massive stroke that she got as a result of Covid 19. She is a fighter, thank God. It’s going to be a long road for recovery but I have hope that we will get together one day and lots of laughs again. We have been friends since I was 3 and she was a baby.

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  24. I’m grateful for you wonderful ladies who brighten my day each morning, and with your great writing.

    I’m grateful for the health of our family. May it continue so.

    I’m grateful my husband and I are retired, have a guaranteed income, and can be home together to enjoy each other.

    I’m grateful for a beautiful yard to look out onto every day, and watching it change as each day progresses into summer.

    I’m grateful if we have to have this pandemic it has, so far, been during decent weather where we live so we can be outside.

    I’m grateful for the technology that lets me keep in touch with the world and with our daughter who lives 2000 miles away.

    I’m grateful to be alive. What a wonderful world we live in if we just look for the positives.

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  25. I am thankful that we are so fortunate during this time. We are more than comfortable and have everything we need, a few appointments and a surgery to be rescheduled but health is good, live-in adult granddaughter to make food runs and any other necessary errands. I’m finding my definitions of necessary and essential may have changed as I am just fine continuing to be cautious and stay at home. So many books, authors I love, wonderful posts, generosity. And I am very thankful that extended (younger) family is well and able to work. Stay safe, all. Thanks for your great posts each day and terrific giveaways.

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  26. I’m thankful for the wonderful warm spring weather. It’s going to be in the 80’s for the next couple of days. Creeping up into the 90’s next week If I had my way, it would be in the 80’s every day except for December when it could be cold and rainy.

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  27. I am thankful for my communities near and far, along with all the people in them. The sun is shining and I am thankful that it comes up every day so I can see the communities, friends, acquaintances, and everyone that I don’t personally know but would like to. Yes, I see them on Zoom, on tv, on the internet, and the grocery store. I speak on the phone and well as “lunching” with friends on electronic meetings. It is a new world with amazing ways to stay in touch.

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  28. I’m thankful that my health is almost back to normal after a recent scare caused by a severe reaction to a medication I’ve taken many times before.

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  29. I’m thankful I live in such a small rural area. We haven’t really been touched by the virus. No one has been sick or lost their jobs. We can still get all the groceries we need. Just waiting for the rest of the world to straighten out.

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  30. I am thankful that I only got a mild dose of Covid 19! and even more grateful for cozy mysteries that I can lose myself in!

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  31. This is a small sacrifice, Home Safe, in comfort, food available at curbside pickup from my favorite markets, masks made by friends (because my skills are lacking). I am grateful to medical and other workers who are working so hard . . . and my librarians who will soon reopen for curbside pickups.

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  32. I am thankful that my niece’s baby is doing well – she was two months premature and has just celebrated her nine month birthday!

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  33. I am absolutely thankful that not one in my family contacted the virus! My hubby if 37 years today is a must mention too! He is my best friend and loves me for who I am. Even though I sometimes get so engrossed in reading books at times I can’t hear him talking to me. 🤣

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  34. That I am alive and that our Governor in Washington is being proactive towards the virus. That we own our home and are able to live safely at home. That we can walk without running into other people. That we will one day be able to go back more to a somewhat normal life but knowing that it is really good to be alive and present. Taking lessons learned while under this is a bg plus. So thankful for health, my family and friends are safe and we are all doing the right thing to stay safe.

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  35. I am grateful we are all healthy and that I can go outside and dig in the dirt! I pulled the weeds and am ready to plant my tomatoes and peppers!

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  36. I am thankful that no one that I know has come down with this dreaded virus. My state started opening beauty shops, malls and restaurants back up not quite 3 weeks ago and as much as I’d love a good bookstore visit, I’ve decided to just order online for a while longer…I’m not ready to stop social distancing yet 🙁😷 Just call me chicken🐔🐔🐔!

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  37. I’m grateful that my Sister works for a trucking company and is able to work from home and is healthy. I’m grateful for my friends next door who are always checking to see if I need any groceries when they go shopping and are always there for me. I’m also grateful for my two wonderful cats, Hamilton and Jefferson, for always keeping me entertained and loved.

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  38. The Wickeds are close to the top of the gratitude list, of course, along with so many writer friends who are keeping all of us occupied and engaged. Thank you.

    I am most grateful that my 90-year old mother has been sheltering safely with my brother for nearly four months. She doesn’t like it one bit–she’s used to driving herself to McDonald’s every morning to yuck it up with a longtime posse of coffee pals, including a woman she started first grade with–but she has been able to see the grands and great grands at a distance.

    And I’m thankful that all my children are well and happy and still gainfully employed. And we can all get together virtually to enjoy one another’s company, along with sons-in-law, roommates, grandson, and stepgrandson. What could be better, at such a distance?

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  39. I am thankful that my husband got out of rehab today. Also I tested negative for Covid as did he. That i get out of rehab Sundzy and we get to be together after almostv6 weeks. Longest we have been apart in 49 years.

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