Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Surprises among the storms

The weather in our area has been mostly rainy, with periods of flooding. I generally enjoy rainy days; as long as severe weather does not occur (which it has) and wind and heavy rain do not interrupt my sleeping (which they have) I am fine.

Even though I have been walking around sleep-deprived quite a bit, there have been some nice surprises among the rain showers.

1) Finally! I was able to lose myself in a full-length novel, for the first time since my husband got sick nearly a year and a half ago. A million thanks to Marcia Willett for creating wonderful characters, a lucious setting and an engaging story that kept me turning pages like the "good old days" of free-time reading! If you are a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, I think you'll enjoy Marcia Willett. I started with the book pictured here in paperback, but her titles are also available in ebook. Yay!

2) French Press coffee. LOVE IT. Our coffeemaker broke a couple of weeks ago and I purchased a French Press. Yes, it takes a little more effort to make coffee this way, but--to me--the amazing results are worth it. Ours is a Bodum, and you can see their page here. I love that it is filter-free, thereby reducing my paper consumption a little more.

3) Inner Simplicity. I finally purchased the book, after wanting it for a long time. I am a huge fan of Elaine St. James' Simplify Your Life. This is another step on the journey for me. I'm reading a two-page chapter each day

I've been spending a good deal of time in quiet contemplation (occasionally interrupted by thunder, lightning, high winds). Our slide off the plateau is still gradual, allowing time to become accustomed to each new level. And time to peer, through rain-streaked glass, at what may lie ahead. It isn't quite as scary anymore.

Magdalena

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Must remember to check email

Sheesh! This is what I get for not checking email on a regular basis. I missed telling you about the review Kelly did last week, of the four first Ladies of Legend novellas. It is posted at For the Love of Books.

I must say that, for someone who can't currently eke out a short story, this is a treat!

Magdalena

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Piece of Her Soul

There's nothing like finding a good review in one's email inbox. Many thanks to Stesha of Night Owl Romance for reading the short story collection Something Spooky this way Comes and posting the review. Go here to read it.

Here is my favorite sentence, from the review of my short story, A Piece of Her Soul. "This is a very lovely, romantic story."

Well. Email just doesn't get much better than that!

Magdalena

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gratitude

It has been a stressful week at our house. My husband got out on his own--not a good idea--and it took us a little while to find him. SO thankful he was fine! It sure gave The Progeny and me a scare, though.

Just when I think everything is under control, life proves me wrong.

I think that may be a lesson I will eventually learn through the process of my husband's illness. I have created routines and processes so day to day life can be as smooth as possible. But when I become complacent, something comes along to wipe the smug grin off my face...

And the self-doubts and worries take over. Why do I think I can keep all these "balls in the air?" How long can my husband continue to do some things for himself? What will happen if he loses his desire to sing--the one thing about him that is still him? What will we do if he needs long-term care that we cannot provide at home? How do we pay for that? The furnace sounds funny. It's really old--wonder if it is getting ready to quit. Cooling season is almost upon us, and one of the window units needs to be replaced. Several big bills are queued up for my attention. I have a mountain of stuff to sort through and decide whether to sell, keep, give away.

POOR ME with so much to worry about!

Which is why I needed to read the Greenimalist blog today. Aaron said exactly what I needed to hear. I am trying to remember gratitude.

Happy Friday.

Magdalena

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"I Could Not Do Without Thee"

Different songs for different moments in our lives, I suppose. This is one that comes to my mind quite frequently, and the young ladies in this video do a beautiful rendition...




Magdalena