Monthly Review: March 2022

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Happy April! Today, I bring you my Monthly Review for March. I hope you enjoy reading!

Writing

As writing goes, my friend Anna and I finished the project we’ve been working on for months now called Love Times Two – It’s a little over 10K, which was about the word count we were aiming for. As of right now, we’re working on editing. We may indie-publish it later down the road, but we’ll see. This project has been so much fun to write, and I am blessed to have such an amazing co-author. โค

I’ve finally made some progress in my main work in progress (WIP), The Bensons – I’ve been trying to get the motivation to just sit down and write on this project, and I finally did that. I wrote almost 5K on it the past two weeks. (Which is a low word count for me, but I’m getting somewhere I think!)

I finished my article for The Young Writer Blog and submitted it! Right now, I’m just waiting for it to be published, I’m hoping it will be sometime this month, but we’ll see. That’s been a lot of fun and hard work to write, but I’ve really enjoyed the process.

That wraps up writing for this month!

Reading

I’ve done a lot of reading this month again; I just got some books from the Library too when my younger siblings went to get their library cards. A few of my favorite books from this month:

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

This book was amazing! A friend recommended it to me a few months ago, and I finally got around to reading it.

The wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

I had to read this for school; I was kind of dreading reading it because I haven’t enjoyed a lot of the books I’ve had to read this year, but wow. I was wrong! This book might be one of my new favorites, at least one of my favorite middle-grade mysteries. If you’re looking for another historical fiction, middle-grade mystery, this book is for you. I also really enjoyed the audiobook version of it too.

the teacher’s funeral by Richard Peck

This book was really hilarious in a lot of different ways, but with a good plot too. Like The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, I was not expecting to enjoy this, but once again, I surprised myself and I did! Apparently, I need to slow down in my judging books by their covers, yes?

Annie’s war by Jacqueline Levering Sullivan

I’m not yet finished with this one but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It has a really interesting plot, and it carries an intriguing message. I’m really excited to finish it and see how it ends.

Doing

Goodness, a lot happened in March! A few highlights:

Our trip to Lutsen! This was a super fun trip, and it was such a blessing to be able to go and ski there again. You can check out my blog post on it if you want to hear about it more.

We also had our last ski trip of the season too! We snuck in one more trip the week after we went to Lutsen, it was so slushy; there were puddles at the end of a lot of the runs, but I guess that’s what it’s like when you ski in the Midwest in March. :p By the end of the day, we were skiing with no gloves – And Malachi and Tyler, our cousin, skied in short-sleeved shirts the whole day. It was so warm!

We made pretzels one afternoon which was quite fun! I’d been wanting to bake them again for a while, and I finally got my chance.

All the younger kids enjoyed helping roll them out and getting them into pretzel shapes.

Ahh, they turned out amazing! Some of them lost shape in the baking soda bath, but other than that, they were great. We used this recipe in case anyone is looking for a good pretzel recipe.

I’ve also helped a lot with tapping trees for making syrup! I’ve already done two posts on this, so I’m not going to go into detail. You can read Part One here, and Part Two here. (Keep an eye out for the third and final post coming up along with signs ups for the syrup give-away.)

It’s been awfully cold the past few days, we’ve gotten a lot of rain, snow, and hail, with few sunny days. One time we had all four of them together! The weather here can be so weird at times. But the cold weather hasn’t discouraged my younger siblings from getting out their bikes. I even have had to face the cold because I was so tired of being in the house all the time. So Mercy and I have taken a lot of walks, and there has been multiple soccer games and capture the flag too.

I wrote a lot of letters this month too, around 10 I think. I also got a second penpal too which is super fun.

I got a new set of watercolors too which have been a lot of fun to try out too. :’D

That’s about it! I ended up having a very busy March, hopefully, April will be slower, but I doubt that with Track starting up for my older siblings. ๐Ÿ˜œ

How did your March go? Have you ever baked soft pretzels? What’s the weather like where you are, do you have Spring or are you still waiting?

Thanks so much for reading, friends! โค

17 thoughts on “Monthly Review: March 2022

  1. Good morning Pearl,

    I remember reading The Wolves of Willoughby Chase in 5th grade. I might even still have my copy somewhere!

    Mmm, soft pretzels! You failed to mention that they were so good that we also already made them in April!

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  2. Hello Pearl! I love your monthly reviews! Their so fun! You sounded like you were pretty busy in March… I LOVE the Wolves of Willoughby Chase! I was so suspenseful, and mysterious! Have you ever read the Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart? I’m currently reading the 5th book…It’s SO good! And yes, I have made pretzels several times and it’s amazing how store-like they taste, huh? I think the baking soda bath is the secret! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I wanted to ask your tips on getting more people to my new blog? What I’m honestly finding the most is just time out there *groan* . Is that what you suggest or something different? I’ve been leaving comments on other peoples blogs, I just really want people coming over on their own accord…
    Thanks for any help you can provide! Oh! And I was hoping YOU would visit my new blog sometime! I hope to see you over! ๐Ÿ™‚ (https://fiddlingonthefarm.wixsite.com/blog)
    Best wishes,
    Rosie
    (Blog – Fiddling on the Farm – https://fiddlingonthefarm.wixsite.com/blog)

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    1. Hey, Rosie! Nice to meet you!

      Aww, thank you so much – I’m glad you enjoy them.
      I haven’t read it but I’ve had multiple people recommend it to me. I’m hoping to read it soon.
      I know! *nods* I agree – They go in all soggy and come out golden and more pretzel-like.

      I’m honestly still figuring out getting more traffic but here are a few things I’ve been trying and they’ve worked pretty well.
      – Reading//Commenting on other blogs–Like you said you’ve been doing, this is probably the best thing you can do. And even doing this, people are still going over to find your blog on their own. ๐Ÿ™‚
      – Guest posting // Doing Collabs — If you guest post on someone else’s blog, or do a collab, a lot of their followers are going to come over and check your blog out.
      – Using social media//Pinterest — I started using Pinterest to advertise my posts, and it’s worked pretty well so far actually! I’m still getting the hang of it, but it’s super simple. I’m also working on getting my Facebook set up too.
      – Starting an email list — There’s a lot more on this, but starting an email list can be really helpful (I’m not sure if you already have one set up or not. Sorry if you do!), it keeps people more engaged – There are plenty of resources out there for this one. I use ConvertKit for my emails and it’s really awesome! Free for up to 1000 subscribers too. (You can check out my email list right here https://thehomeschooledgirl.ck.page/e1120669f7)
      That’s about it for what I have! And you’re right, a lot of it is just time (sadly). I hope my tips can be a bit of help and I’m definitely going to check out your blog now. =D โค

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      1. Of course, Rosie!
        Mmm *nods* I definitely get that. Sure! I’d love to have you guest post. (Whenever you want feel free to comment or just send me a message through the contact page so we can talk more about it.
        Aw, thanks! โค I hope you enjoy it. (Also, quick note–I checked and I didn't see your name, might your subscription have not gone through? Just checking. :D)
        Have a wonderful day!

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  3. I loved working on Love Times Two with you, Pearl! โค can’t wait to see where the project goes!
    I’ve made soft pretzels before, and they are delicious. Yours look amazing!

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  4. aw this was fun to read! iโ€™ve made pretzels once and it was a lot of fun ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’• weโ€™ve been having weird weather in georgia too! spring was definitely coming but all of a sudden these past few days, itโ€™s cold and rainy haha. canโ€™t wait for the warm to come back ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘
    my march was pretty good! i spent a lot of time with friends, working on projects, and getting settled at my job.

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