Plate Update: Picture Books, Canvases, and Libraries Galore

January, a month full of beginnings and course corrections and wondering about more course corrections. 😉

This month’s full plate was jam-packed with special foods (cheesecake, peanut butter cookies, gluten-free cake, etc.) since it was our most birthday heavy month. 😉

Anyway, here’s a quick update on my full plate last month…

Pleasure read:

The City of Ember (five stars, read-aloud)

The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner (four stars)

As Stars Shine (three stars)

Reintegration (three stars)

Annie’s Life in Lists (four stars)

I also binged on picture books (yes, it’s true) and read The Day the Crayons Came Home, The Day the Crayons Quit, Sheep 101, Counting on Katherine, Thirty Minutes Over Oregon, and Can I Be Your Dog?.


Emails 😛


An author’s pen name

Tessa and Scott ice dancing

Body language

Downs Syndrome

British way of writing dates

Average age of mothers when they have first child


List of classic books

Suburbs of Portland, OR

Skirt length guide

Seating on a school bus (story research!)

Drawing on canvas with pencil

“Rewrite the Stars” scene from the movie


12,471 words on “Imperfect”!

Last month’s newsletter

Blog posts (the top five being Look What’s Coming! (Cover Reveal + Giveaway), The 20-Question Book Tag, A Smorgasbord of Writing Music, Doings of Kate, and Halfway!!! (+Excerpt).)

Entries in my book journal

Some random essays


Celebrated the last day of peppermint shakes with a sister and friends

Wrote at a coffee shop with sibs

Made a thank you card

Weeded the yard

Went to the library three times in one week!

Loved “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” with my family ❤

Bought way too many books (I’ll post about later)

Visited a Little Free Library (and got us terrific-ly turned around on the way XD)

I also started a new devotional and Bible reading plan, celebrated three family birthdays, formatted my new short story as a minibook, and ventured into visual arts with a sketch, a painting, and trying to take better pictures. 😉

This month, I’m looking forward to wrapping up the first draft of “Imperfect”, sharing a collab and an author interview with you, and possibly making more thank you cards because that’s still a goal. 😉

How was your January? What are you looking forward to this month?

24 thoughts on “Plate Update: Picture Books, Canvases, and Libraries Galore

  1. You had a busy and productive January. I started reading “Villette” by Charlotte Bronte”. My twin is also reading it. We try to read a chapter a day. The story is slow and dreary. it is not easy reading. We are half way through and determined to finish the book. Critics have said it is better than “Jane Eyre. We do not agree. February I intend to start an exercise with Marie Osmond’s Body Gym. I want to learn to sew. I am teaching myself Latin.

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  2. Ooh, fun post, Kate! Looks like you had a great month! 😀 Hehe, in January we have three birthdays too! (my mom, dad, and sister) Very fun! 🙂
    That’s a good looking little library… lots of books!
    And YAY! Buying books is always fun! 😉
    The thing I’m most looking forwards to this month…… probably my birthday! 😛

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    1. Thanks, Liz! 😉 Ah, fun!!! The ones in my family are my parents and a sister too. 😉

      Yes!!! It was suprisingly full. 😉

      Isn’t it?!! I can’t wait for the books to come. *goes to track my package* *again*

      Ooo, yay! Happy birthday! 😀

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  3. I have a *slight* obsession with figure skating, so I got really excited when I was initially skimming this post and saw “Tessa and Scott ice dancing” lol! Also I love how artistic your month was. Sounds like it was full and fun!

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      1. I’m very involved in a special needs community (one of my closest friends has DS), so I could help you with your research if needed. 🙂 I really was just curious though. XD

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  4. Oh, I love your plate updates. January was an amazing month, that ended with us getting a dog! How is your family dog? Anyway, I’m looking forward to a lot of different things this month. 😀

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  5. January has been pretty good (even though I haven’t really accomplished anything), I’m looking forward to starting my schedule this month and seeing how much I can get done!

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