Hi! My name is Margot. My blog is about the things I love to do. That could be what I'm reading, places we visit, my family, food, or whatever else is happening. I hope you'll stay and visit a while. Contact me by email: joyfullyretired (at) gmail (dot) com.

Follow Me

Follow on Bloglovin

A Favorite Quote

"I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place." - Anne Tyler

tlc tour host

 NG Logo


Triple Dog Dare: I Made It!

I just spent the last three months reacting to the Triple Dog Dare Challenge. Here’s what the dare looked like: “I dare you to go three months without reading anything new!” The hardest part of the whole experience was going into the library and passing the “New Books” shelf. If I picked up one of […]

Update: The Triple Dog Dare Challenge

In the past I’ve observed fellow book bloggers participating in this challenge. I’ve never joined before because I never thought I had enough resolve to stick with it. After all, no new books for three months seemed quite daunting. But – I really needed something to push me into reading some of those books that […]

Advent Tour: It Began With a Baby

The Virtual Advent Tour is about sharing traditions and other things important to us this time of year. I have a tradition that exists inside my head at Christmas. I think about pregnant Mary and how she felt traveling, bumping on top of a donkey, on a dirt road, for miles and miles until they […]

Happy Memorial Day

I hope all of you here in the U.S. are enjoying the first long weekend of the summer. I do remember how much I used to enjoy these three-day events. Now that I’m retired, people actually have to remind me when these holidays are coming up. In the “olden days” we used to spend this […]

I’m Taking a Blogging Break

After years and well, actually decades, of constant hand motion, my hands are taking their revenge. They want to stop moving, get repaired and heal. Today I’m having carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand to get the process started. The doctor said I will be able to move my fingertips but cautioned me to […]

Quirky Girls Celebrate One Year of Blogging

It’s hard to believe, but Quirky Girls Read is now one year old. Each day this week we’re celebrating with giveaways and blog posts. Today is my day. Come by and read my post and sign up for two books I’m giving away.

Virtual Advent Tour: Do I Really Need a Perfect Christmas?

The Virtual Advent Tour has become an annual event among the book blogging community that I enjoy. Bloggers who wish to can sign up for a day in which they share their thoughts about Christmas. Today it’s my turn. Ever since I read Perfect Christmas by Felicity Cloake I’ve been thinking about my own attempts […]

Read-A-Thon: October 2011

UPDATE #3: After a nap of about an hour and a half, I made it! I can’t say I finished a whole lot of reading, but I managed to keep reading. I’m going back to sleep now. Later, I’ll have a slow day doing just a little bit of this and that. Hopefully, I’ll finish […]

Let’s Read Some Banned Books

There’s something special about reading banned books. Yes, it’s fun to read something people tell you you can’t read. But I like to read them for the mystery aspect. By that I mean that I read the book to find out why – why in the world was it banned?! I thought I’d read some […]