Thankful Thursday 20 May 2021

Well, it seems like summer has finally arrived to the Northeast. We turned on the air conditioning last night and next week looks like a mixture of mid 80s to mid 90s. Yuck.

I’m grateful that roller skating is back and both rinks opened early. You read that right: two! Of course Blue Cross opened their rink and it’ll run through Labor Day. Rothman is trying their hand at roller skating too, but their rink is opened through June only.

I checked out the Rothman skating rink two weeks ago and had a blast. I like how they made it retro too. On 8 May 2021, it was 65 degrees. Perfect skating weather!

Last Friday I returned to my old stomping grounds, Blue Cross River Rink in Penn’s Landing. Last Friday it was 69 degrees and windy. Again, perfect skating weather! It’s so nice roller skating when it’s cool and there is a breeze. I met some awesome people at this skating rink too.

It feels so good to be back! I feel like singing these songs too, as we return to a new normal (while still being careful and taking precaution).

Dad and I got our second dose of Moderna last Saturday and after a few days of fever, I feel better. Dad feels better too. One more week until we are fully vaccinated! I am grateful. Although the CDC said vaccinated people can take off their masks, I’m leaving mine on. I have chronic conditions and feel safer. The library still requires a mask, even if you’re vaccinated, as does SEPTA and most places still require it. I’m grateful.

WOW! 😮 I sent my book review to North Atlantic Books the other night and Emily responded!

HI Jessica, This is wonderful! What a beautifully written review. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know Deatra and Adam’s work and for sharing your thoughts with the readers of your blog. I’m looking forward to sharing your review with the authors. Feel free to reach out if you’d ever like to review other titles North Atlantic Books is putting out. Have a lovely rest of your week!


What a wonderful day!

I’m also grateful for friends and family. What are you grateful for today?

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One thought on “Thankful Thursday 20 May 2021”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I know you prefer cooler weather. I’m sorry to learn that you are in the midst of a heat wave.
    Mrs. Shady sez the mercury will climb to near 100 this weekend in our neck of the woods. I don’t look forward to it. We are also bone dry, the lawns parched, and we will need to get the sprinklers running to keep the grass from turning brown.

    I’m happy to see that you gave the Rothman skating rink a try. I like the checkerboard pattern and the setting is beautiful. 65 degrees was indeed a perfect day for an outdoor skate. You then returned to your old haunt, the Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing. 69 and windy beats the 80s and 90s, so you can be thankful that you got both of those skating sessions in before the heat wave arrived.

    Yessum, little by little life is returning to something that resembles normal. Through it all you kept finding ways to get out there and enjoy life, and I admire you for that. I haven’t heard Sebastian sing “Welcome Back” in ages. It was nice to hear the song again. It’s hard to believe that Eminem song will soon be 20 years old.

    I’m happy to know that you and your dad are fully vaccinated. I received the Moderna, too. You have every right to keep wearing a mask. I just saw a report today on MSNBC cautioning that immunocompromised people who have been vaccinated may not be protected nearly as well as normal, healthy people, and should therefore proceed as if they are not vaccinated, meaning that they should mask-up and practice social distancing, at least until the experts get this thing sorted out.

    I am verklempt knowing that North Atlantic Books liked your review and put forth the effort to thank you. You really do have a lot for which to be thankful this week. Enjoy the rest of it, dear friend JM!


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