Saturday, January 12, 2019
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - I'm back!
I only took slightly less than a couple of weeks off and it is still kind of difficult to get back in the swing of things. Honestly, I can easily understand how blog friends who took an extended time off of writing ended up not returning at all. Blogging, like most things we do, is a habit!
The one thing that keeps me coming back... well, two if I were to add blog friends... is that God keeps giving me ideas to write about. That was the deal I made with Him, you know (as if the Almighty would handshake a deal), that I would write as long as He gave me something to write about. So far in these past years since that ummm... deal, He has kept up His end of the bargain.
I have been pretty much offline these past two weeks. Just posting on Instagram once or twice before today and reading a few favorite blogs (without commenting). The first week I was finishing Christmas clean up and doing some more decluttering. I also watched some Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel before they ended and watched a few Christmas DVDs of my own.
The second week went by in such a blur that I can hardly remember what I did. I can't tell you how many times in the past two weeks that I have mentioned to a friend "this day flew by!". Doesn't it seem like Winter days (for those of us North of the equator) seem shorter because of the sun going down so early?
Now, I must admit that I'm not ready to give up Winter. Especially if I don't have to drive on slick roads. It gives introverts permission to curl up on the sofa with a book, a throw, a hot beverage, and a family member with fur (Florentine is the cuddliest cat we have ever been owned by).
I purchased two Christmas gifts for myself at Barnes & Noble about the time I took the blog break, The Cozy Issue of Bella Grace and the Merry and Delicious issue of Where Women Cook. If you have read either of these magazines, you will know that they are pricey but are really like softcover books... with gorgeous photos and no advertisements. B&N had originally sold out of that special issue of Bella Grace but when I stopped by on my way to my retinal specialist appointment, they had restocked! Yay!
Both magazines have been sitting in the basket by the sofa, picked up and read quite often when I have had a short break or just needed a mental vacation. I highly recommend these special issues of both magazines when you can find them. Both are probably not on newsstands now but I expect they are still available at their respective websites.
I have been reading a couple books to be reviewed (including the new book by Karen Andreola!) and I am just starting a re-read of Goudge's Elliot trilogy. As I write, The Bird in the Tree sits at the side of the keyboard, waiting for the morning's work to be accomplished.
The dishes have been washed except for a soaking saucepan, which was used to make oatmeal for breakfast. I have a loaf of bread rising and almost ready to pop in the oven. I love the new bread machine (and the friend whose gift it was to me). She has been hearing for years about how I want to make bread dough in my mixer but I don't have the energy to do so, anymore. (Most people with an autoimmune disease will understand the fatigue challenges.)
As with my old machine, I only use the dough cycle and then finish the bread in the oven. I'm sure there will be a day that I actually bake bread in the bread machine... but not too soon. The warmth of the oven feels good on this cold and snowy January day. The bread will be served with leftover ham and bean soup.
I will be back tomorrow to share my "word" for the new year. I hadn't planned on having a "word" this year but it seemed God had other plans (as usual). Then next Sunday, I hope to have put together my favorite books of 2018. Due to the significant eye infection and slow recovery, it is an easier list to pick from this year.
See you tomorrow.
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The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge... here. It is the first book of my very favorite Goudge trilogy! I cannot recommend this trilogy highly enough.
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