Weekend Reading 12.13.20

By Kate Riley December 13, 2020

Ugh, here we go again in California with further lockdowns due to rising virus cases. My county has major restrictions on businesses ability to operate and a stay home order until mid January. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating for all my friends who own small businesses and are barely surviving.

I joined a friend for one last bit of merriment on Friday night because all the restaurants and bars (and so many other businesses) in the Bay Area are forced to close again as of this weekend. Damn, this sucks. My heart goes out to all my friends and family who work in health care, they are feeling overworked too. We are living in very challenging times. I have friends who are very fearful of the virus and I have friends that are so over the governmental restrictions, and everyone lands somewhere different on the spectrum.

It’s a season when we are supposed to feel merry, and yet the circumstances of the world make that really difficult right now. I’m trying to remain positive and grateful and I do like looking at everyone’s decorations and recipes online, and all my neighbor’s holiday lights, that lifts my spirits. How are you all feeling this week, I’d love to know.

Favorite links from the past week:

Fresh greenery and restraint with the decor in this holiday home.

This holiday house tour is oh-so-colorful and fun. (The pug!)

Love these humorous black + white gift tag printables.

Creative ways to dress up plain Christmas ball ornaments.

Foods to eat for the greatest longevity.

Those who live in the far north in USA, you may be able to see the Northern Lights.

Wow, way to pay it forward Minnesota.

LOL: a coronavirus Christmas tree!

Two more things….

1) There’s a holiday sale at Restless Art! See this Insta post for the 40% off discount codes! Shown below, the calming Gold Coast print.


2) I’m working on an end-of-the-year post that includes 2020 reflections and 2021 intentions. I’ll be posting that on Wednesday, December 30th. Won’t you join me? We all have different experiences and lessons to share from the strangest most challenging year ever. Would you share your reflections on 2020? What you learned? And let us know how you’re moving forward in 2021?

We can all learn from and be inspired by each other. :)




  1. here in Michigan, we’ve been in lockdown since before Thanksgiving. Supposed to end this Sunday, I doubt it. will. It’s hard to get in the spirit when all you can do is stay home.

    Hope this all gets better for every state. Love reading your blog and will be ordering some prints soon for a room I am redoing.

    • We’re all in this storm together, it’s just going to be a quiet Christmas for all of us.
      Thanks for ordering prints, I so appreciate your support of my small business!

  2. I have a friend whose family business is closing down permanently this month. They’ve been trading 94 years. Times are beyond tough, aren’t they? If you need to buy anything at all, buy from a small business!

    • totally agree Beth, Amazon, Target, etc. aren’t hurting, so shop small business!
      I’m so sorry to read about your friend’s business. :(

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