Friday, November 19, 2010

Follow Friday! and Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to Curling Up By The Fire!! 

I am participating in Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee's View, and The Blog Hop, hosted by Crazy for Books.   Both of these are great ways to discover new blogs, do the social network thing, take a look at some of the fantastic things that are happening in the book blogging world, and to discuss one of our favourite topics, BOOKS!

Today's question is:  How long have you been blogging?

I first started my blog at the end of December last year, but really had no idea whatsoever as to what I was doing.  I have been a book reviewer for several years, and just needed another outlook to promote the books, and the authors, and other interesting news in the publishing world, and this looked like such an interesting way to do it.  At first, I don't think I was really serious about it, mainly because I was unsure about how to approach things technically, but as the year progressed, I found I enjoyed it tremendously.  It also renewed my love for writing and I've been seriously considering trying my hand at story-writing again.  Unfortunately, I don't get to spend as much time on my blog as I would like as I have a really demanding job, and two young children.  Reading needs to take a back seat to the 'bread and butter', but I do what I can.  I am also hoping to spread a bit into product reviews as I really enjoy doing that as well.  Hopefully, I will enjoy many future years of book blogging, writing, and reading.

Question #2: Since Thanksgiving is coming up next week, let's use this week's Hop to share what we are most thankful for and what our holiday traditions are!

I am Canadian, so I celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but that doesn't mean I can't share what I am most thankful for.  I am always thankful for my family and friends.  My dad had a terrible year with another bout of cancer, and I am grateful he is still around to celebrate Thanksgiving with us.  My mom had a difficult time trying to take care of my dad, with all of the appointments and chemotherapy sessions, and so on, and I am so glad that is in the past and they can move on and enjoy their cruise in January with peace. 

I am always grateful for my wonderful and amazing hubby and two kiddies, who are the light of my life.  I am on my way home shortly to spend some time with them and have a family evening together, somethin we all enjoy very much.  I am also grateful for the successes I have had this past year, including the success of my blog, and to you, my followers, who have made it a success. 

Our typical Thanksgiving tradition is spending the weekend at our trailer (remember we're talking October here), as we spent out last weekend at the park with friends, and then we close up for the season.  We always have a big campfire and get-together on the last night.  It's a lot of fun and we have a fantastic time.  My extended family and I usually get together in the following weeks to celebrate Thanksgiving with some home-cooked meals, usually at our house.  It's fun, simple, and relaxing.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States!


  1. Hello my dear,

    I'm hopping around this fine night...  I'm thankful for my boys, the three kitties I just acquired, and time travel.

    The Mad Scientist is starting a Reading Bucket List challenge for 2011... It should be a fun way to get some books read.  Sign up if it is something you'd like to try.

    I'm also doing a week tribute of sorts for Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate Series.  Today is a tribute to the Scruffy Scottish Werewolf.

    Mad Scientist

  2. HI, how are you on this fine Friday evening, I'm a new follower. I hope you have a great weekend.


  3. New Blog follower here! Cute blog! I'm currently doing a giveaway Promise Not to Tell at 100 followers and Matched by Allie Condie at 200 followers if I can get them by my birthday! Come check it out if you get a minute! Have a great weekend!

  4. Wow a campfire? Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful :D
    New follower, thanks for stopping by! Great looking blog, it's so cozy.

  5. Hi! I'm a new follower from BC! Love your blog....drop by and say hi!

  6. Fun tradition camping and campfires! This week-end will be cold I'm grateful for hot fires and cozy homes.

  7. Thanksgiving is my holiday. My oldest son's birthday is right at this time so it was understood that this would be my holiday to cook and have everyone over. We usually have the traditional Thanksgiving meal. I cook the dressing that my Mom taught me how to make. I love this time of year. I'm off from work almost the whole week. Love it!!

    Also writing as:
    Jadette Paige

  8. Your newest follower wishing you a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Hi,
    Just hopping by and following though. We don't have Thanksgiving in Australia, but we go camping every october - I love a good campfire.

    Shelleyrae @