Books! Glorious Books!

I have had a passion for books ever since I learned to read.  I still remember the day when reading suddenly clicked.  I was in first grade and we had (joy of all joys) ‘silent reading time’.  There were short stories of Dick and Jane (anyone remember them?).  I kept reading each one, and then going back to the bookcase to replace it with another.  I was reading quickly for the first time and I ended up reading them all and being absolutely thrilled. Soon after, my mother took me to the public library to get a children’s library card and the world just opened up for me.

Genres have changed over the years becoming broader and more inclusive.  These days I try to read more non-fiction as fiction can often be a vice for me.  When I do read fiction, I just can’t put it down and everything else in my life becomes second place.  I suppose that’s because when I was a child, books (especially sci-fi and fantasy) were my escape.

When my children were small, I discovered the joy of sharing my passion with them.  It is a wonderful experience to be able to read aloud to your children.  I revelled in it! I became actress and story-teller all in one.  I especially loved doing the voice of the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I have a couple of wonderful home videos of me reading Cinderella to little Tara and The Lion King to little Brittany.

Reading to Brianna with Brittany and Brandon

Reading to Brianna with Brittany and Brandon

In recent years, books have become my teachers, my mentors, my muse.  Reading is also my way of starting my day in the morning as well as relaxing during my lunch break and at the end of the day.  I love especially reading during a thunderstorm.  It has to be fiction then–perhaps a re-reading of  Tolkien or one of  MacDonald’s luscious faery stories or an intense suspenseful book by King.  I try not to be fanatical about my books.  Well, maybe I don’t try all that hard!  I have them in nearly every room of the house.  I love seeing my bookcases filled with them although  at the moment I don’t have enough bookcases.

Recently, I had a birthday and was blessed with books and an Amazon gift card which of course I spent immediately on more books.  I now have two large piles of books on my bedside table as well as more on its way and more waiting to be read in my bookcases.

Bedside table books

 

The Philosophy book pictured above is a borrow from my daughter Jadzia who just finished her A level course.

 

More books

The bear is a gift from Jadzia one Christmas when she was 7.  I was then given a little baby bear which I keep together on my night table as well.  With all these books, it is a bit of a challenge placing my cup of tea there as well, but I manage.

So let’s talk books….what are your favourites?  What are you currently reading?

My 100th Blog Post!! (And What Might Be Next)

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I can’t believe I am writing my 100th blog post.  It has been an amazing experience for me.  Writing has helped clarify my thinking and enhanced my spiritual growth.  I have learned so much from the process.  I am still enjoying the journey and finding joy in hearing about other people’s journeys as well.  That blogging is a community was another unexpected surprise that I learned through all this.  I am thankful for so many people I have met here.  You all have such beautiful creative spirits!

Every day I work on being centered and in the present moment and listening to God’s still voice as to what my next step is.  I have often wondered if people find my blog confusing with the range of topics.  At the moment there are no big changes planned as this is who I am as far as my interests go.

However….here are some things you might look forward to in the coming months:

Christmas Victoriana for the month of December!  Still very much in mental production but I am excited about this! Hopefully, there will be some blog posts on Dickens and Victorian living; Victorian and romantic interiors and Christmas decor Victorian style.  If anyone has any ideas along this thread, please let me know in comments below.  I would really welcome some imput.

Book reviews will be expanded to include works of fiction for adults and children.

New posts on Spirituality…..more on George Macdonald’s spiritual ponderings for one thing and other spiritual thinkers/teachers.  It’s my own journey of what I am learning.  I may not agree with everything that I read but what I find is that when I persevere with a book, there are gems to be found.  Not all who are on a spiritual journey get everything right but I do believe we all get some things right if our hearts are in earnest.

More on alternative medicine….I have some things I want to learn about so I will be posting it here.

More family reflections along the lines of some of my earlier posts like The Story of Jaquimo.

Anyway, those are my ideas so far.  If this changes then…I will let you know.  🙂

Thanks for reading and to those that follow me…I feel very humbled.

Namaste

I’ve Been Nominated!

Thank you John (http://dougdoeslife.com/) for nominating me for a Liebster award!  If you have never been to John’s blog, you must check it out!  It is one of the most creative blogs on self-help and spirituality that I have ever come across! What’s a Liebster Award? The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.   Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.  I am honoured that people even read and follow my blog to begin with.  I am surprised that anyone would think it award worthy!  Thanks again John!

liebsteraward1Here are the rules for the Liebster…

Nominees must link back the person who nominated them. -Answer the 10 questions which are given to them by the nominator. -Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers. -Create 10 questions for their nominees to answer. -Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them. Here are the answers to my questions from John:

  1. What do you do more of, watch television or read books?  Usually, it’s read books.  It’s the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night.
  2. What is your favorite book(s) and why? This a hard one as I am always changing my mind!  One way I can answer is to say what has been on my favourites list the longest.  My longest favourite book has been The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald as it was my favourite from the time I was 8. The Princess and The Goblin tells the story of an 8 year old princess who discovers a secret room in her castle where resides (also in secret) her great-great-grandmother.  This grand old lady looks both young and old and is very wise and mystical and magical and loves her unconditionally.  The princess knows that if ever she is in danger or frightened she can run to this secret woman and be safe from harm.  This made a huge impact on me as a child and I wished with all my heart there was a secret room that I could go to where someone loved my like that!  This book also led me to other works by George MacDonald and subsequently to my husband who is also a big fan of his works.
  3. What do you wish your role to be in life? I wish to be a wise woman like the Princess’ great-great-grandmother.  I see this as being someone who loves her children and grand-children hugely.  Someone who is wise and all-loving and keeps her eyes open for ways to help.  I want to remain on a path of growing spiritually and following God.
  4. What did you want to be when you were a child? A Writer, Actress, Mime and Archaeologist,
  5. What did you end up doing as a career? Mom by choice 🙂
  6. Are you creative? How? I love creativity and creating things for the home and was also pretty good at creating stories at bedtime when my children were little.  Sadly, I am creative but sloppy…lack of dexterity or something.
  7. What do you enjoy making, besides your bed? I really enjoy making improvements to things.  I love organizing and up-cycling and changing the paint colour on our walls.  In the past, I have enjoyed creating dried flower wreaths and songs for my children.
  8. What’s your favorite meal? For the past five years or so it’s been muesli.  We have some serious good muesli here in England by a company called Dorset!
  9. Do you cook and enjoy doing so? I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with cooking.  I love cooking when I can become creative and I am left alone to do it.  I hate it when it goes wrong and I have gained a backache in the process.
  10. What keeps you blogging? Writing blogs has been my teacher.  It has helped me organize my thoughts and improve my memory and writing skills.  Most of all,  I have felt God teaching me through my posts on spirituality.  As I form the words, they become clearer and more thoughts emerge.  This has caused me to become more and more grateful to God who first gave me the idea to start a blog in the first place.  I never knew how it was going to help me.  I thought it was to get my thoughts and creative ideas flowing for a store I had hope to open.  Now, I write to hear more from God.

These are my Liebster nominations in no particular order:

Let Yourself Learn

Embracing Forever

Dream And Reality 56

Home For Now

Colourful Threads Of Life

Watch Hatch Fly

Subverting Laughter

The House Called Abe

God Is Green

A Novel Journey

Here are my 10 questions for the above nominees:

  1. Name three places you would like to visit before you die.
  2. Name 1 thing on your bucket list.
  3. How would you describe your home?
  4. What do you hold as the highest priority in your life?
  5. Name one item in your home that you can’t be without?
  6. Name one guilty pleasure.
  7. If you could make a living out of doing something you already love to do, what would it be?
  8. What is your favourite book and why?
  9. Who is your biggest inspiration?
  10. What is your definition of spirituality?

Book Review: Decorating With Style by Abigail Ahern

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This is an absolutely beautiful book. Gorgeous for keeping on a coffee table although not as big as many coffee table books. The pictures are stunning with many showing Abigail Ahern’s signature deep blue-y shades and quirky sense of fun. Abigail helps you discover your interior style then explains how to maximise your space. She then gives tips on colour, pattern and texture.  Loads more tips are then given for everything from wall displays to lighting and types of paint finishes. She then throws in some craft ideas for the home and if that isn’t enough she also gives a list of design shops (and internet sites) around the world that she loves and recommends. So lots of basics for beginners and a wealth of practical information and inspiration for everyone.  I have had this book for two weeks now and I still keep looking and reading.  The pictures take me away. My advice? Buy the book but don’t read at bedtime! You will be too excited by all the inspirational ideas you get, you won’t be able to sleep. You can view more of her images on her blog www.abigailahern.wordpress.com.