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Helping Hands | Susan Ring
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This book describes various ways to make communities better, such as planting a community garden, painting a wall mural, and cleaning a beach area.
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Helping Hands | Susan Ring
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Hey Littens, what do you do when you are stuck in a rut? Not a book rut, a life rut.

For the last several weeks I‘ve felt very listless and have barely accomplished anything that I would normally or that I want to do.

I suspect I‘m mostly just burnt out, but I need some suggestions for how I might snap out of it.

Samplergal I‘m no doctor or nurse, but make sure you‘re getting vitamins and iron in your diet. Also thyroid messes with it all. Other than this, I recommended visuals to help motivate, if that‘s a to do list and checking it off. Make them SMALL things so you‘ll feel good about it. ❤️. 3mo
TheKidUpstairs I second @Samplergal 's digestion of small, easy to do lists (even start the list with little things you've already done). Starting with those small things can really build a sense of accomplishment. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes getting a little bit of exercise really helps me - just getting up and walking around the block. For some reason, moving my body seems to also help move my brain! 3mo
twohectobooks @Samplergal @TheKidUpstairs @TheAromaofBooks thank you all for the tips! I definitely make lots of lists and have been getting more exercise than usual. Just need to take a look at what I always do vs what I could do differently. 3mo
Samplergal @twohectobooks ❤️❤️❤️Take care of yourself. 3mo
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Helping Hands | Susan Ring
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#BirthdayLove has WONDERFUL news to share...we‘re growing by leaps and bounds!!!

Please join us in welcoming FOUR new fairies to our Litsy Land realm... @squirrelbrain , @laurenslibrary , @KarenUK and @Crazeedi ! We are absolutely ecstatic to have you onboard to help scatter the fairy dust over all our birthday Littens! 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

Cinfhen Thanks so much @LitsyHappenings but all positions have been filled!!!! 6mo
LitsyHappenings @Cinfhen thanks — a little behind here 😁 I updated it with the more recent info! 💕 6mo
Cinfhen Thank you 🥳🥳🥳🥳 6mo
Crazeedi So happy to spread fairies dust for all the #birthdaylove !🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️ 6mo
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Hey y‘all. I need some help.

I just came out of a year-long major depression a few months ago, so I feel like I have a tenuous grip on my own health.

Now my dad has started dropping out of helping my mom, & I‘ve become her caregiver over 80% of the time. My mom has mobility problems that continue to worsen. I‘m concerned that my dad may be slipping into a depression himself.

I‘m frustrated & exhausted. I‘d love to talk to people can relate.👇🏻

Megabooks If there‘s anyone in a similar situation that can share some wisdom/commiserate my email is booksandcooks.litsy at gmail dot com. Thanks so much! 🙏🏻 6mo
audraelizabeth Im so sorry you are going through that. I have been lucky to not have to be a caregiver yet but watched my grandma do it for 17 years before my grandpa went to the nursing home. If youd like to talk, email me at audraelizabeth19@gmai..com or on here. 6mo
Megabooks @audraelizabeth Thank you so much! 💜💜 I‘ll send you an email after I‘ve had some sleep and can get to a computer. (My mom and I share one. She gets it at night.) 6mo
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C.Perone 🙏🙏 6mo
audraelizabeth @Megabooks Yojr very welcome. Ive battled depression since high school. The only time i dont check email at least every complete hours is when im at work. 6mo
QuietlyLaura I can definitely relate. I‘ll send you an email soon. ☺️💕 6mo
Megabooks @C.Perone 💜💜 6mo
Megabooks @QuietlyLaura Thank you! 💕💜💙💕😊 6mo
Kaylark I can relate to! I‘m so sorry! 6mo
Megabooks @Kaylark I‘m so sorry you can relate. Thank you for sharing, and letting me know I‘m not alone! 💙💜💙 6mo
Jas16 Sending you lots of love ❤️ 6mo
CarolynM Wishing you strength to deal with this burden. I hope you can access some proper support for you and your parents.💕 6mo
Megabooks @Jas16 Thank you! 😘😘 6mo
Megabooks @CarolynM Thank you! I‘m still seeing my therapist, and that helps, too. 💙💙💙 6mo
BarbaraBB Wishing you lots of strength. I hope things will change for the better soon. Thinking of you. 🍀💚 6mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Thank you!! I appreciate the uplifting!! 💜💙💕 6mo
Judybskt 💚🦋💛 6mo
LeahBergen Sending hugs to you! ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Kalalalatja I‘m sending a lot of strength, good thoughts and well wishes your and your family‘s way ❤️ it sounds really tough, so I‘m glad you are getting support from others! 6mo
Megabooks @Judybskt Thanks!! 💕💕 6mo
Megabooks @LeahBergen Thank you so much! 🤗🥰 6mo
Megabooks @Kalalalatja Thank you! You are wonderful, and Litsy is wonderful for support!! 😘🥰 6mo
Weaponxgirl I‘ve not been in this situation personally but just want to say you are amazing to be able to do this and I‘m sending you big internet hugs ❤️ 6mo
batsy Much strength and love to you 🌻💛 6mo
BethM Lots of hugs to you. 6mo
madamereadsalot1 I'm really sorry you're going through all the things. ((Hugs)) 6mo
erank58 Sending hugs, strength, and lots of thoughts ❤❤ 6mo
Erofan Sending you love and hugs 💕 6mo
tournevis I relate, sending *strength*. 6mo
SW-T Sending hugs, strength, and patience 💕 6mo
Megabooks @Weaponxgirl Thank you!! 🥰🥰🥰 6mo
Megabooks @batsy Thanks so much!! 💙💙 6mo
Megabooks @BethM Thank you!! 💕💕 6mo
Megabooks @madamereadsalot1 Thank you! I am, too! 🤗🤗 6mo
Megabooks @erank58 Thank you!! 💙💜💙 6mo
Megabooks @Erofan Thanks so much!! 💙💙 6mo
Megabooks @tournevis Thank you! 💙💙🥰 6mo
Megabooks @SW-T Thank you so much! 🥰🤗 6mo
Cinfhen Sending love and hugs!!! I know your dad was a huge part of your recovery and I have a soft spot for him. Hoping you all find the strength and support needed❤️ 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you! My dad is a wonderful person, and I could not have made it through the past year without him. I hope he‘s not getting depressed himself. He really helped today getting my mom ready for her bridge group. It was a family effort! I‘m hoping he does better when we finally get done with this car business!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 We‘ll but on Saturday!! 6mo
Cinfhen Family means everything.....even those moments when u want to strangle them! I‘m glad you all had a better day 😘 6mo
Cinfhen And car shopping is stressful...good luck with that 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Yes, they do. I‘ve been very lucky to have a close knit, mostly supportive family! We‘ve finally decided on a Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T Limited Front Wheel Drive White with Beige interior.(Not that Dad‘s specific.😂😉) And we‘ve found a dealership with one in stock at a good price two hours away, so hopefully we can go get it this weekend. 😁😁😁👍🏻 6mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! At least dad knows what he likes 😜 6mo
Trashcanman I wish you the best, truly. I've been there and I still am going on 4 years and I don't know what to say to make it better. I hope you start feeling again. Hugs 6mo
Megabooks @Trashcanman Thank you! I know you understand depression and how easily one can slip out of recovery. Hugs to you, too! 6mo
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Helping Hands | Susan Ring
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Do you still need some technical Litsy help? I saw your post and forgot to take down your email address as I would like to help if I can.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think we have it now!! Thank you my friend 😘❤️ 7mo
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Hi #LitsyFamily. One of our members is strongly affected by the #GovernmentShutdown. She has been furloughed for almost a month 😫 She could use some help and support. If you're able and willing please visit her Etsy shop and buy a bookmark! They're awesome! Let's come together and help her out!
Thank you!!!! 💙



That-Bookish-Hiker Awww thank you so much @MinDea ❤️❤️ 10mo
AmyG Heading there now!!! 10mo
Chrissyreadit Done. 10mo
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AmyG Well, that was fun. Bookmarks for Valentine‘s day. I am very proud (?) to say my daughters will love their Ted Bundy bookmarks. 🤣 10mo
hermyknee ♥️♥️♥️ 10mo
Kaye @AmyG Do your daughters like reading true crime too ? 10mo
BooknerdsLife Awww just visited the store and love the bookmarks, sadly they don't ship to Australia... :( 10mo
AmyG @Kaye they do! 10mo
Rissa1 Done. Bookmarks for me and my niece. 10mo
Marmie7 My daughter is going to love the Godzilla sticker! I also got me a little something😁 10mo
MinDea @booknerdslife thank you for looking! Maybe one day they will! 10mo
tonyahoswalt Cute stuff! I ordered a few! 10mo
Mindyrecycles Love them and bought a few. Wish I could do more. Best wishes, @That-Bookish-Hiker. 10mo
4thhouseontheleft I notice you‘ve been gone for a bit. I hope everything is okay! ❣️❣️ 10mo
Andrew65 Hope everything is okay @MinDea , like @4thhouseontheleft noticed you‘ve not been around for a bit. Sending positive thoughts. 👍 9mo
GypsyKat I came here to say the same thing as @4thhouseontheleft and @Andrew65 I hope all is well with you @MinDea Litsy misses you! ♥️ 9mo
Andrew65 @MinDea Your Litsy friends miss you! 😍 @GypsyKat @4thhouseontheleft 9mo
TrishB Hope all is ok. Missing you. 9mo
BarbaraBB Hi! Just checking in! Hope all is well! 9mo
Cinfhen Hi!!! Just thinking of you on this #HumpDayWednesday 💞💞💞miss u 9mo
Bklover Hope all is well!💕💕💕 9mo
CarolynM Missing you again on another Hump day. Hope you are ok❣❣❣ 9mo
hgrimes Don‘t worry, she is alive- I follow her pup on instagram. (@burley_and_the_cats) 9mo
CarolynM @hgrimes Good to know, thanks. 8mo
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Hi guys. I'm looking for some volunteers to help me with some #FeedAReader packages that were not received from matches that signed up for this swap. Would anyone be interested and able to help me send make up packages? I need 2-3 volunteers.

Thank you so much!!!!!

CaroPi If the package has to been send in Europe I am up for it! 11mo
MinDea Thanks @CaroPi! They are all located in the US. Thank you so much though! 11mo
Carolyn11215 This always makes me so sad. I hadn‘t signed up for this swap but happy to be a swap angel if needed. 11mo
MinDea Thank you so much @Carolyn11215! Can you email me at MinDea.Litsy@gmail.com? 11mo
Carolyn11215 @MinDea just saw your response and emailed you. Sorry...don‘t know why I didn‘t get notice of tag through Litsy. 11mo
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HELP! What are the best/affordable ways of shipping to the UK? I've never shipped internationally and I don't mind but the the only carriers I know either are charging $200 or won't deliver until after the due date by a long shot. Any advice or methods you can share I'd appreciate. I would hate to send things straight to the address without putting effort into wrapping and such.

PatriciaU My experience has been that it is easier and more reliable to order online and deliver directly to the person. It‘s not ideal because you can‘t add personal touches, but it‘s worked best for me in terms of getting things delivered fairly quickly. 11mo
Burghbookaddict I would stop at the post office and ask them. My post office always helps me find the cheapest way. 11mo
Li_21 @BurghBookAddict @PatriciaU thank you guys I'll check into it further tomorrow! 11mo
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I don‘t use goodreads unless I need to review an ARC. If someone has a “to read” list and a “wishlist” should I only buy off the wishlist?

tpixie I think that‘s the safest bet. I don‘t, but I think some people use their ‘to read‘ for books they have on their shelves which they haven‘t read yet. ♥️📚♥️ 12mo
BethM @tpixie thanks! That‘s kind of what I was thinking. 12mo
Soubhiville I‘d agree with @tpixie , I‘d buy from the wishlist to be safe 🤗 12mo
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tpixie @BethM @Soubhiville ♥️🎉♥️ 12mo
AmyG Yes, what @tpixie said. 12mo
tpixie @AmyG 🙂 12mo
MaleficentBookDragon I'd go with the wish list. I use the want to read for everything I want to read, even if I own it. I also have Need To Buy list. What can I say? I like lists.😁 12mo
BethM @MaleficentBookDragon specific lists are good. My person doesn't use Litsy much so that makes it hard for me. 12mo
Avanders I also agree w what everyone has said. Although in *my* case it's a matter of simple laziness (or lack of time) - it's prob safest to stick to the wishlist 🤗 12mo
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Okay Littens! I NEED your help! I cannot get into any books right now. I‘ve picked up several different books and I read a few pages and then all I wanna do is pick up my phone and do something else. I just can‘t get interested! I LOVE reading and used to be able to read a book a day, but I haven‘t finished a book in months!!! TIPS AND TRICKS NEEDED!! Thanks in advance

Trashcanman Book of short stories I recommend Harrison Bergeron from this book. All the stories are awesome but that's my favorite from it. 12mo
Kaciecalderon @Trashcanman thanks for the advice! I‘ve been thinking about getting a book of short stories! 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm a sucker for YA. That usually gets me out of a funk. Quick, easy, often pradictable, cozy & comfortable. 12mo
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Kaciecalderon @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I Love YA! That‘s honestly all I read. I just can‘t get past the first chapter 12mo
quirkthenerd Short stories, poems or graphic novels always to the trick for me. 12mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Audiobooks always do the trick for me! And a great one that is also YA and short stories is Holly Black‘s 12mo
Avanders What about a re-read of something you know you love? Audio also works great. But you might just have too much on your mind right now? Sometimes that makes it hard to focus... try getting away from usual spots, go someplace new, and bring a ya that you know you (should) like... 🤷🏽‍♀️ leave the phone in the car? 12mo
Kaciecalderon Great ideas! @Avanders 12mo
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I can‘t decide!! These are the top picks in my To-Read list. What should I read? 🤷‍♀️

candority No wonder you can‘t decide, you have so many awesome books on there! I‘m currently reading Us Against You and loving it! 12mo
Samplergal There are a ton of great books there. The Fruit of the Drunken Tree was wonderful and didn‘t get the press it deserves. 12mo
Kmmsellers Too many good options! 12mo
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LikelyLibrarian @candority I really enjoyed Beartown! 12mo
LikelyLibrarian @Samplergal It‘s definitely in the running! 12mo
LikelyLibrarian @Kmmsellers I know! I must stop adding books to the shelf!! 12mo
irre There There is great! Also liked The Female Persuasion and Fredrick Backman is one of my favorite authors. 12mo
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Helping Hands | Susan Ring
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Saw this in the NYT...

A Store Had to Move Thousands of Books. So a Human Chain Was Formed. https://nyti.ms/2CSVf6l

Beckys_Books Not sure the link works since I use the NYT app! 13mo
Prairiegirl_reading Yes the link works. What a cute story. 😄📚 13mo
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