Sunday News: Christmas Edition

Sunday Post and Sunday Salon are blog news memes hosted at Caffeinated Reviewer and Reader Buzz, respectively. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and other things.

I’m feeling hopeful. I wrote an update on my health earlier this week. The Reader’s Digest version is my arm is much better, not completely healed but manageable. I’m also on a second round of steroids that will hopefully keep my hives at bay. Unfortunately, they came back after the first round of steroids. This round’s stronger and longer. I’ve decided that even if my hives come back, I still want to get back into blogging. I miss the community and reading how everyone’s doing. Bear with me as I try to get back into the flow of things.

We found out in November that Luci had an upper respiratory infection along with feline herpes. She was put on some antibiotics for the infection and the only thing we can do for the herpes is to help her stay calm. She’s vaccinated, but her mom probably passed the disease on during the birthing process. Our vet said she probably had a flare up because of how traumatic being adopted can be (moving from a place they know to the unknown).

Izzy was as sick as she was because of pancreatitis. The vet moved her to a low-fat prescription diet and, thankfully, she’s much better. She’s been on a prescription diet her whole life; the last one just had more fat in it than Izzy’s body could process. We also think she may have feline herpes. We’ve always thought her symptoms were due to seasonal allergies, but since they’re similar to a herpes flare up she’s being tested for herpes in January when she goes in for her pancreatitis checkup. If she does has herpes, it’s not because she got it from Luci. And, if she doesn’t have herpes, then she most likely won’t get it since we vaccinate our cats.

Here’s a picture of Luci and Izzy being their-goofy-selves this week:


This week on the blog:


I actually read a book this week! Woot woot! I read IN A HOLIDAZE by Christina Lauren for my December book club. I’ll post my review tomorrow. Look at me go, lol.

I also started reading THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN by Emily R. King. It’s the final book of the year for one of my challenges.


I’m not a huge Christmas music fan, mostly because Corey’s not. I’m not saying he tells me what to listen to; I just don’t care enough to listen to it on my own. I do have a few favorite songs, though, so I thought I’d share one. It’s “Greensleeves” or “What Child is This” for Christmas. I prefer the instrumental version and I love this arrangement by Michael Dowdle.


Right now, Corey and I are bingeing DEXTER. He’s seen it before, but I haven’t and he wants to watch the limited series reboot from last year with me. We’re currently on Season 3 and it’s very compelling.

I also watched LEGO MASTERS’ Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular this week. It was one of Leslie Jordan’s last appearances before his passing earlier this year. I had fun watching the challenges, especially the snowmobiles and snow globes.


I love my IRL book club’s December meeting. I look forward to it every year. It’s so much fun because a lot of the stragglers come and we share treats and do a book exchange. This year’s was especially fun because I hadn’t been to a book club meeting since September. I’ll be posting about it in more detail this coming week.


I want to wish a merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Happy holidays to all! And, have a fun and safe New Year’s celebration this coming weekend.


I need to get my end of year posts ready for this upcoming week. It’s one of my favorite times of year to blog.

How was your month? Anything exciting happen?

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Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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  1. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Jen at Introverted Reader says:

    Welcome back! My longest blogging break was four years so I completely understand 🙂 I had a three- or four-month break this fall. Real life has to take priority, even though I do miss the community while I’m gone.

    Look at the kitties! I love the little cat feet under the bookcase. The cat I had in high school loved to swipe her paws under the door and try to catch my fingers on the other side. I loved her little grabby paws. I hope yours feel better soon.

    I hope you feel better too!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you so much, Jen! 😀 Yes, I love when kitties have grabby paws under doors and bookcases. They’re just so cute! I totally get real life taking priority. My longest break was a year, I think. I’m glad we’re both back it. Merry Christmas!

  2. Bookworm
    Bookworm says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope the hives go away soon, I can relate to that. As annoying as the steroids are they do seem to help. I had to take a 30 day round at one point in 2020 and it worked.
    Hope the cats are doing better!
    End of year posts are fun, I like reflecting back on my reading/blogging year also. Happy reading this week!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you! 😀 To you as well! I’m glad the steroids helped you. They seem to be helping me this time around as well. I only have one more dose tomorrow so we’ll see what happens after that.

  3. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I am glad you are feeling better health wise. I hope your kitties are feeling better. My two are overdue for their vet visit and I need to schedule those soon. I love the cat photos! They find the most interesting places to hang out sometimes, don’t they? I’ve been enjoying the company of my cats on my work from home days. They like to hang out with me and occasionally try to “help”.

    I hope you are having a great week and Happy Holidays!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you so much! 😀 My kitties are doing better as well. Thank you for thinking of them too. I hope your two get a clean bill of health when they go to the vet soon. Yes, cats love to “help,” don’t they? They’re such fun companions. <3

  4. Svetlana
    Svetlana says:

    I am happy to hear you are feeling better, although I am sorry about the kitties. Let’s hope this coming year will be filled with a lot of good things for you! Great to hear from you by the way and enjoy your reads! I missed you as well.

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