Pardon me for the radio silence around these parts
but I had a major Christmas hangover
and we didn’t celebrate our last Christmas until like
January 3 or 4th?
My brain was just dead
and so was my body.
I had wrapped over 70 presents,
and decked the halls,
until we reached a level of jolly
you just can’t maintain without crashing.
So I crashed.
And during the crash
I rediscovered a hobby
that I love so much.
I have always been
I was the girl who got caught reading Anne of Green Gables
in her algebra book.
I always had my nose in a book.
But somewhere between 18-23
I lost that part of me.
doesn’t leave a lot of time for reading
now that I am not doing at home daycare
I have nap time back again
and also just have my day back in general
and I have been taking advantage
and reading, reading, reading.
It’s been snowy and icy here
and we are so far out in the country
that the snow just blows.
They can run the plows all day
up and down our country highway road
and it just blows over
the minute they are gone.
Sometimes it’s just a complete white out.
It’s beautiful and isolating.
I pretend I live in Alaska.
We make limited trips out
and have become quite cozy in our little farmhouse on the prairie.
I have felt a kinship with Laura Ingalls Wilder
and pioneer woman this winter
so that is what I have been reading.
It started with
The Blue Castle
by L.M. Montgomery
and then Maude
by Donna Mabry
Both were so good
but so completely different.
The Blue Castle
by L. M. Montgomery
is a beautiful romantic tale
of Valancy a young woman who has always been a dutiful spinster daughter until one day
she finds out some news
that starts a chain of events that changes the direction of her life completely.
This book is filled with beautiful descriptions and written in a tone from a bygone era.
They don’t write books like this anymore.
If you love Anne of Green Gables
then you will love Valancy too.
You will cheer her on
and want your own Blue Castle by the end.
By Donna Mabry
is the biography of the author’s grandmother
who saw the turn the of the century,
both World Wars,
and The Great Depression.
Her strength and trials
were an insight into that time period
and the hardships they endured.
The work women did
it’s amazing really that women were that strong
in a time where woman were viewed as so weak.
Pioneer woman could kick our butts today
in maintaining our daily lives.
Without the tantrums
and emotions we let leak out of us.
They were stoic pieces of stone.
Holding it all together.
Now I am reading a cookbook.
One of my favorite things to read.
If I had a bedside table.
You can bet that it would have mostly cookbooks on it.
I love to read about food.
I love to eat and read about food even more.
Right now I am reading
Date Night In
By Ashley Rodgrigez
Part love story
part yummy recipes
I am devouring this read.
Not only is this cookbook
It’s a breezy, easy read too!
With great insights into
bringing that spark back to dating in marriage.
Very important if you ask me.
My parents always made date night a priority.
I have to admit me and Ryan are terrible about date night
since we hardly went on dates when we were dating.
We are just homebodies.
I would rather pour some good wine
and put Jim Croce on the record player.
So this book is perfect for us.
The book is divided into the four seasons
with a starter, main course, and dessert
for every date.
Did you know if you read about a subject every night for an hour
in seven years you would be an expert in that field?
You could be a chef if you read cookbooks for 7 years.
It’s so good for your soul.
I think it’s like medicine.
It takes your mind and focuses it on something outside of you.
It’s a mental escape.
I don’t think we are mentally escaping enough.
Read a book!
Then let me know what it was you read and if you liked it!