I was a hermit this weekend. I stayed home straight through, from Friday evening to Monday morning, and it was wonderful. I was feeling poorly and needed to rest while the Bear was home and I had the chance. I started with a sore throat on Wednesday, with a headache and general achiness, which progressed to congestion, with associated coughing and hacking. I think the stress of the past few weeks caught up with me. I've always been like this; I go and go and go until I hit a wall and get sick and feel like garbage. Luckily, I had a chance to hibernate for a couple of days and it helped immensely.
The weather was perfect for hibernation, cold and wet for three days, which is perfect when you're not feeling well and have nowhere to be. So I stayed inside and did very little. I took a few naps, or just lay awake in bed under the duvet. I did some sewing, finishing a project that I'll show you soon. I drank a lot of tea. I read a new book, The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer, almost all of it in the space of the weekend, which I haven't been able to do in a long time. It was excellent, and I couldn't put it down. Her book, The Dive from Clauson's Pier, is one of my favorite books of recent years and I was excited to see a new novel from her. I haven't always liked her writing, which includes another novel and short stories, but this latest novel was riveting. I loved it.
I've been on a reading binge lately, trying to catch up with a lot of the really acclaimed books of the past year or so. I rarely buy books anymore, it's just too expensive (we do have an e-reader, by the way, but I can't stand reading on it), so I've been placing holds at the library. Sometimes my name comes up quickly, other times it takes months, but I love to read and I'm willing to wait for really awesome books. It seems worth it. How do you read these days?
I wandered in the backyard a bit on Friday and Sunday. I was checking out the plant progress, as well as enjoying the dark skies and socked-in mountain. I love, love, love my backyard. I'm proud of it too; I've figured things out back there, like keeping the roses healthy and pruning bushes so that they get enough sunlight down inside the branches. I never saw myself as a gardener before we bought this house in 2009, and now I kind of do. I think I like the garden best when it's rain washed, like it was this weekend. You know me, unabashed rain lover.
Thank you for your comments about our cooking lately, and for sharing what you've been up to in your kitchens. I love knowing what other people eat, don't you? It feels very intimate, somehow, to know things like that about other people's daily lives - where they shop, what they buy, how they cook, what they like and dislike. You can Instagram a photo of your plate at every meal, and that can be interesting, but discussing real kitchen life is fascinating to me.