The Sunday Salon

I took a month-long break from blogging. I removed social media apps from the iPhone and iPad. I looked at social media in the mornings on the laptop and then turned it off. I did not turn the laptop on Sundays.

I learned and implemented several things during the break.

  1. Being away from the (almost) constant scrolling, my mind has a stronger attention span. I don’t feel distracted. I feel calm-less anxious.
  2. I read more.
  3. I don’t plan to re-add social media apps to the iPhone and iPad.
  4. I no longer take part in the Goodreads reading challenge. I already know that I can read over 100 books in a year. Most years the number of books read have far achieved the original goal. I have taken part in the challenge for a decade, it is time to move on, it no longer feels like a challenge but boring.
  5. I am no longer adding books or reviews to Goodreads unless the book is reviewed for someone else.
  6. I don’t look at Twitter unless I believe there is a problem with the posts syncing.
  7. I think about priorities. I ask a fundamental question: What is most important?
  8. I am trying to live a simple life. Maybe you’ve heard people talking about this idea? To live a simple life. I feel the first thing we should ask ourselves is what does this mean or look like to us personally? I will be writing about this in a future post.
  9. I had been thinking and worrying about the number of books read, am I keeping up with reviews, etc. This squeezes the joy out of reading. I’d rather think about the stories themselves. For example, the form or structure of the story and the characters. I plan to dig deeper. I hope the reviews will show the reading development.
  10. I plan to read more mysteries, classics, biographies, and history.
  11. I have dropped The Classics Club reading challenge. I plan to read classics but not as a challenge.

What happened during the month break?

  1. I was sick with a bladder infection. An antibiotic cleared it up.
  2. My husband has struggled with a sinus infection. He is on round 2 of antibiotics. He refuses to use a Neti pot, etc.
  3. Our oldest granddaughter moved 6 hours away to a large university, spent 2 weeks there, disenrolled and moved home. It did not work out.
  4. Our youngest granddaughter started pre-k and loves it.
  5. Our grandson started the 11th grade. He is on the school track team.
  6. It began raining; and temperatures dropped 15 to 20 degrees from what they had been. The rain is refreshing. It is a welcome transition of the summer season changing to autumn.
  7. I began watching Law-and-Order SVU reruns. I started on season 1. I’m now on season 3.
  8. I signed up for Carnegie Hall+ on Apple TV+. I love it! Plus, I can listen to the music while reading.
  9. I discovered a new way to make morning tea. I love this gadget so much I thought it a good idea to buy a second in case the first broke. I bought it at World Market (in the store) for $19.99. It looks similar to a coffee press. It is for loose leaf tea which I often use, but bagged tea can be placed inside the carafe. It makes 2 big cups.
I cannot find the Tea Maker on the World Market website. It may have discontinued. I did find something similar at Witt Clinic.
My favorite loose-leaf tea for morning tea-time, bought from Amazon.
My favorite bag tea for morning teatime, bought at World Market.

Do you drink coffee or tea or something else?

How do you feel about living a simple life?

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.


15 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon

  1. That Carnegie Hall link is a great idea!!

    I drink both coffee and tea, and I like that tea maker. We have a Keurig, but sometimes wish we had the old fashioned coffee maker w/ coffee grounds and a pot of coffee. I also secretly wish I had a teapot to boil water for my tea instead of the noisy microwave. This way I can quietly make my tea early in the morning.

    Yeah, I covet a simple life, like in the woods somewhere in nature, but I have learned that living with others complicates these desires. I would probably make completely different decisions if I lived alone. My husband is my complete opposite. I have had to learn to compromise. : /

    It is good that you have found a way to simplify or maximize your time by eliminating unnecessary things. In 2020, I started to cut out all social media and other online activities in my life, particularly bc I disagreed with the biased monitoring of certain speech. Except for my blog and Instagram, I haven’t returned, and I don’t plan to, even if things change. I realized I wasn’t missing anything. And yes, I have more time to read and write.

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  2. Cutting back on social media use can never be a bad thing, I think. There’s a reason it is sometimes called Dooms Day scrolling. My husband is a coffee and tea drinker, but I prefer water–and hot chocolate if I want something hot to drink. I hope you have a great week.

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  3. I’ve never done any of those challenges and never count how many books I read. I couldn’t get into Goodreads, either, and don’t tweet or belong to Twitter. I dropped Facebook when I realized how evil they were. You make me feel good about it.

    best… mae at

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  4. I like your blogging break and your reflections about your break. There are so many aspects to social media now that were not here when I first began to blog fourteen years ago. I rarely look at Twitter or Instagram, and I limit the time I spend on Facebook. I decided some time ago that I want to focus on reading books and writing (mostly) bookish things on my blog. It’s satisfying for me.

    I had some tea yesterday at a friend’s house which was amazing. It was called Adagio Tea. It was fruity and sweet but had no sugar. I have no idea how to prepare it or where to get it, but I think I will try to find out more.

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  5. I drink tea but herbal as I have an issue with caffeine. I actually break out in hives and my chest tightens. 🙄 I am so weird.

    It sounds like you had an amazing break. I did this a couple of years ago and it was a wonderful time and my brain was so relaxed. Honestly, I am thinking of doing it again for the month of September – like a birthday present to myself. The only social media I have on my phone is Instagram. I don’t consider WordPress social media.

    I think all those changes definitely sound like good ones – for your soul and your mind. ❤️

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  6. I loved reading your post. So many things resonated with me with your goals and lifestyle changes. Instagram was a time waster and my final straw with them, as they are related to FB, was when the company shared private conversations between a mother and daughter regarding an abortion issue. The women were arrested. Instagram is deleted from my phone and life and I don’t miss it a wit.

    I like both coffee and tea, to answer your question. We discovered Barry’s Tea when we were in Ireland and it remains a favorite. Herbal teas for me in the evening and thanks for the info on the World Market tea maker.

    Also, in an attempt to simplifying my life, I am abandoning my book blog and just keeping everything on my oldest and main site (Squirrel Head Manor). Simplify.

    Glad you are feeling better and hope your husband gets well soon.
    Sorry for the longest comment ever!

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  7. I’m glad you’ve found a way to make your life simpler.
    I have a routine that helps me limit my social media use, though I’m only really active on Twitter.
    I don’t drink tea or coffee, I just don’t like the taste. The older I get the more strange people seem to find it.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  8. Sounds like some big things happened over the month! I like blogging, but like you say it does get to the point where I spend so much time blogging about books that I get behind in actually reading them! I am a slow reader and read every single word and have no intention of speeding up as I don’t want to ruin the experience.

    I drink decaf stuff as I get migraines 😂

    Have a great week next week.

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  9. Hahaha I think I’m doing the exact opposite. I’m trying to figure out a schedule where I can cram in ALL THE THINGS: Blogging, reading, binge-watching, scrolling TikTok, plus work full time, take care of my 95-yo mother and keep up with chores.

    The simple life is definitely not for me. If I try to rest or relax or slow down my mind goes to dark places.

    BUT, that being said, I am very happy for YOU that you have found ways to simplify your life! Sounds like it has been very good for you.

    Will your husband PLEASE try the Arm & Hammer nasal saline spray? It’s nothing but water and saline (I think…) and I was terrified of using it but MAN did that help me a LOT. It takes a little bit of practice but I think he’ll be glad he tried it once he gets the knack of it.

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    • I helped dad take care of mother. Later, I took care of dad. Dad lived with us over 11 years. There are some sad memories in those years, but also precious memories. I began blogging during that period when I took care of dad. Blogging and reading helped keep my mind off the serious stuff. I began blogging and reviewing books in January 2007.
      I’m a thinker. I ponder things. I prefer no tv or background noise during the day when I’m home. If I watch tv, I will watch in the evening. I prefer my mind to think of those dark things and work them out.
      Thank you for stopping by to comment. Take care.

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