Wednesday, February 04, 2015

February...


We are now in my least favorite month of the year.  The one good thing about the month is that it is shorter than average.  By this time, I'm feeling a little less excited about snow storms and staying inside.  I am ready for some greenery and flowers and birds and outside aromas.  But I do live far enough north that snowstorms in March are not unusual (and I have learned never to plant before May, except perhaps the sturdiest of kale).

I took the above photo Sunday when walking out to the rural mailboxes to get the paper.  Of course, the camera had to come with me.  This is what the world looked like before the heavy snow arrived!  We were fortunate, Chicago had blizzard conditions.

Speaking of blizzards, my son-in-law's company sent him to a conference at Oxford so Stephanie went along with him.  Just try to keep her at home... Oxford!!?  Especially Oxford when her friend Sarah (Clarkson) was there!

They were suppose to fly out on a Tuesday but that was when the blizzard hit Boston and surrounding areas.  Instead they scrambled at the last minute and were able to change all reservations and get the kids taken care of to be able to fly out Sunday. 


Once they arrived, it was good to have a couple extra days.  Stephanie was able to spend more time than originally expected with Sarah and visited places I've longed to go in Oxford.  I lived vicariously through her photos and descriptions.  They also made a quick (very quick) jaunt over to Paris.  I know, sigh... Paris at night.

They had a wonderful time and arrived back to the Boston airport just before the next snowstorm hit.  Although the last I heard, jet lag is still a bit of an issue.  ;)

So we are all a little tired of the snow.  I am glad there was no place we had to go during this time.  I'm almost caught up with review books.  One book is read and will be reviewed this week.  Another is ready to read and review next week.  Perhaps there will be time to read the mystery started weeks ago before the next review books arrive.

You most likely have noticed I'm now reviewing more books for young adults and children.  I used to not accept them but as I hear how difficult it can be to find good books for those ages, I decided it would be a good thing to add a few here and there. 

Sherry at Semicolon does a lot more reviewing of those age groups than I do, and a very good job at that.  Her archives are amazing.  Sherry also hosts the Saturday Review of Books each... you guessed it... Saturday.  Which I use to take part in all the time but now with limited computer access... have not quite made it back!

Once the days get longer and warmer and lighter, I will cut back on accepting books to review.  This bookshelf is beckoning, calling my name when I walk past it a hundred or so times a day.


It is the little bookshelf in the dining area where I keep all my Elizabeth Goudge and D. E. Stevenson books.  I was just reading (somewhere online, I can't recall) about how important it is to reread our old friends over and over.  I think they were quoting C. S. Lewis.  I can't recall.  But whoever it was, I definitely agree.

11 comments:

Vee said...

Charming scenes you're sharing today from the snowy lane to the bookcase filled with your favorite reads. After yesterday's news, I think my next reread will be To Kill a Mockingbird.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Brenda, I am weeding out books on my bookshelves. I have a number of duplicates of Goudge and Stevenson. Are there any titles you are missing? I'd be happy to send on my dupes if you need them.......

I read a number of English blogs and some of them show violets beginning to bloom and snowdrops (not so surprising, perhaps). I am already longing for spring.........

Elizabeth said...

I agree,cit is always good to reread a good book! Love your pic of snow, its beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love your snow photo! We have not had any snow yet this winter, so I'll take whatever you can toss my way (clear over here in western Washington)! Some would say we are very fortunate to be having such a mild winter, but it makes it seem like one long, gray, rainy season that lasts all the way until summer! Ahh well....
Lucky you to have a bookshelf full of Elizabeth Goudge and D.E. Stevevson books! Ever since your recommendations, I have been on the hunt for them! I have only managed to nab a few, however.
Stay warm and cozy snuggling up with Miss Victoria and a cup of tea!
Blessings,
Laura C.

Bookie said...

We haven't had much snow this winter so I am enjoying your lovely picture. It is quite a scene!

LauraC said...

I can see some of the titles on your bookshelf, but could you give a list of what all is there? Or link me to where you have done this? I have read some of these books and loved them too.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love rereading my favorite books. It's like visiting with old friends.

Enjoy your favorite books, especially on these snowy days!

Deanna

Living on Less Money said...

I read "Stepping Heavenward" every few years and I always seem to glean something new that I didn't see before. Recently, I've starting going back through my recent favorite books and type out the notes. It has really helped the main points of the book 'stick'.

Nanna Chel said...

I love your photo of the snow, Brenda. Especially as we are in the middle of summer over here and it all looks like a Christmas card to us. Absolutely beautiful but very cold I would imagine. Nice weather to be snuggled under the blankets with a good book.

Jenny said...

Your snow pictures are my favorite. They bring back cozy memories of many years spent in winters places. I yearn for snow scenes here in sunny Houston.

suzanne said...

Envious of the snowy day! Down here in SC, we enjoy cold rain, lol. Your post made me chuckle because my sister writes a regular blog and her latest post was all about how they made it thru January, HER least favorite month. How blessed and lovely for your daughter to be able to travel with her husband to Oxford! I gotta write down your favorite authors and go hunting at the library....or the secondhand bookshops.