Monday, April 27, 2015

Shower and shelter










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.

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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.

42 comments:

  1. Hope you are feeling better. The bird bath was a wonderful sight such vibrant colours and the roses are truly beautiful, a feast for the eyes.

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  2. Ditto to the comment above - I love your bird bath; it looks gorgeous against the colour of your wall. I love a good read too, but it has to be a proper book that I can hold and flick through and Kindles just don't smell right - is that weird?! Hope you're feeling better soon. xx

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  3. I do hope you are feeling better today. I, like you, like to have a book in hand when I am reading, and since one of my goals this year was to read a whole lot more fiction, I have been visiting the library regularly.

    So much vibrant colour in your gardens, I can't wait for that to happen here...soon.

    Enjoy your week.

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  4. I'm a big fan of the library as well. Do you have to pay to reserve books? We have to pay £1 for a reservation here, although the children can reserve books for free. But it's still well worth it. The last photo is gorgeous, I always love to see the weather closing in, in makes everything feel cosy. And I love when I've been gardening and trimming and mowing and then when I've finished it rains. It feels as though everything is being washed and watered. I'm sorry you've been feeling rough, I do hope you're back to full strength very soon. Look after yourself Jennifer. CJ xx

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  5. Your photos are lovely. I like the moody skies and depth of rain washed colour. I know how you love your rain!

    John has a kindle but I like to read my books like books, if you know what I mean. I borrow them from the library or buy them, either really, depending on mood and budget. Every now and then my mother in law passes a huge bag of books on to me, for me to read or give to friends or donate to the charity shop, depending on my fancy. There's never any pressure to read something, it's just a genuine gift. xx

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    1. And I meant to say, but got sidetracked by the book-talk - I hope you're feeling better now. Take care. xx

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  6. I hope you're feeling better, Jennifer. I read on my Kindle, my iPad (the Kindle app) and "real" books too.

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  7. Hope you're feeling a lot better today Jennifer!
    V x

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  8. I can't believe how far on your garden is ... rose buds and strawberry flowers already ... wow! Our tulips are only just blooming here and on the fruit farm the strawberries are barely forming buds.

    So glad you were able to get some rest and are feeling better

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  9. I have been lying in bed tonight listening to the rain. It's so welcome, the garden needs it so much. And a garden looks so pretty after a light shower of rain. Take care Jennifer and get well soon.

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  10. Your flowers are so pretty! I have some of those rain bells and love them. Your yard is beautiful and serene like your blog!

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  11. So sorry you aren't feeling well but glad you had a chance to rest. I too am feeling very poorly right now and not well enough to read (which I love to do). I'm like you in that I do not like reading on an e-reader but it is good for travelling as books are heavy and take up so much space. Rest well and get well soon.

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  12. that bird bath is lovely.
    I can't stand an e reader either.. i swap books on paperbackswap.com it's the same situation.. some books come quickly and for some I wait.. but i always have something to read.. it takes me a month and more to get through a book sometimes with the little munchkins so i don't mind.
    hope you feel better soon.

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  13. What a gorgeous bird bath, Jennifer, the prettiest one I have ever seen. I love them - we have one in our garden too, and my Dad had two of them. So sorry you have been poorly, and you did absolutely the right thing. I am a great believer in chilling out, cancel things if needed, and give the body a chance to heal itself. Often that is all that is needed, no need for quick-fix modern drugs, imo. Last year I bought an e-reader, yet like you, still prefer a book. Nothing actually wrong with my kindle, it is just not made of paper :)

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  14. So glad that you were able to rest and take it slow this past weekend! I know the feeling of hitting a wall and needed that extra tea to warm you up! And yes rainy weather is the perfect time to stay in and cozy up! Loving the beautiful shots from your garden! That rose is so pretty and you know I love seeing that back bed of yours! Wishing you a good week ahead Jennifer! And you have me wanting to check out those books! Nicole xoxo

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  15. Isn't it just so nice to stay home and be a hermit every once in a while?!- I absolutely enjoy those times. It has been raining here as well. Starting since Friday and continuing through today. I love this weather.- I'm embracing this time. We need the moisture. Beautiful photos. I hope you have a beautiful week. :)

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  16. Hope when you read this you are feeling a lot better and enjoying the week ☺

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  17. Hi my friend.. I'm glad you were able to have help while you were ill so you could heal and rest. I've been resting at the beach.. my trip to New Orleans, while wonderful, exhausted me. I'm still not "firing on all cylinders".. but hopefully will be back to my normal self soon. I love all your photos.. you have made your world so pretty and colorful. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  18. Hi Jennifer !
    I hope you're feeling better at the moment....

    Hibernating a weekend can be fun (even when you're not ill ;-)) - it gives time for things like reading (something I also don't do enough, always the excuse "not enough time", which is, let's be honest, bullsh*t, one can always make time...). I also can't get the hang of an e-reader. Just give me oldfashion books with paper pages to turn !!

    Your garden looks really "lush" ! So pretty !! Congratulations on your work ! How do you keep is soooo green over there ? You must have an ingenious watering system....

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  19. hope you feel better soon. and I love your rainwashed garden x

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  20. Sorry to hear you was not well glad you feel a little better x

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  21. I hope you are feeling better now. I spent the weekend mainly at home too - recharging my batteries, and expect it will be the same this coming weekend too.
    I always try and get the garden tidied and lawn mowed before it rains - it somehow looks all refreshed then. x

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  22. I'm glad you had a weekend to recuperate, nip it in he bud as they say. I've not visited the library for years & we have one in the village. I'm not a bad mother - Harry uses the one attached to his high school :). Your garden is looking great & I enjoy a rain splattered garden too, particularly sat in the greenhouse with a mug of tea

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  23. I'm glad to hear you're feeling much better. I hope this week is a better, healthier one for you and the whole family. I love your back yard too. I think you've got a great variety of plants and they are all looking lovely. And to have that view of the mountain from there- I think it's a really wonderful outdoor space. X

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  24. He you feel much better soon. How sensible to take care of yourself and rest, just the right thing to do X

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  25. I hope you're feeling much better now. It's hard being ill when you've got young children and they need your attention all the time but it gets a bit easier as they get a bit older, you can take yourself away for some rest while dad entertains them. Your garden is looking lovely, the photo of the red rose with the white behind it is beautiful and I've said before that I love your bird bath. We've got a couple of stone ones in the garden and I never tire of seeing the birds have a bath in them. One is really deep so they get right in there and dunk their shoulders underneath the water. I got a Kindle for Christmas, mainly so that I can read in bed when I can't sleep and don't have to turn on the light and disturb Mick. I didn't think I'd really enjoy reading on it, I do like the feel of a real book in my hands, but I have to say I love it. I'm a total convert.

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  26. I'm sorry to hear you've been under the weather, Jennifer. I know just what you mean about holding it together during a period of stress, then sort of disintegrating when it's over with. You were very wise to take care of yourself over the weekend. I am an e-reader convert. I have a Kindle Paperwhite. I have to say though that I don't enjoy reading with the Kindle app on my iPad and phone.

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  27. I think it's lovely to lock yourself in for a few days and just enjoy homely things, though it's horrible to be doing it because you're poorly. I feel a little guilty that may kindle sits on a table next to a large pile of books, it's not that I don't like it, I just prefer books! xx

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  28. Hi Jennifer, I hope you're feeling much much better by now. It's never fun being sick, but if you had to be sick it was good that your husband was home so you could just snuggle in for the weekend. Your backyard looks beautiful. I'm with you, I much prefer books on paper rather than readers. I do use my Kindle when I'm traveling though so I don't have to carry so many books. Have a wonderful day. Blessings,
    Betsy

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  29. Hope you are feeling better Jennifer, it sounds like the best way to spend your weekend when you were under the weather. I never seem to have time to read these days but I prefer a book to a reader, I like the feel and smell of a book. Take care. :) xxx

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  30. I hope you are feeling better by now Jennifer. Sometimes a bit of hibernation is the best for us. xx

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  31. It's horrible when you feel under the weather and don't blame you for hibernating over the weekend. Wishing you a speedy recovery. P x

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  32. Your garden is lovely, Jennifer, and reason for you to feel proud of it! We woke up to rain here at the coast and I have been inside with logs burning in the wood stove keeping cozy. I have been trying to sketch different flowers in granddaughter, Rosie's album...one for each letter of the alphabet and I am ready for *k*: Kalanchoe. I brought two books to the condo with me and have started reading Mathewes-Green's latest book about Orthodoxy which is interesting and written with humor. I want to read A Month in the Country by Carr which is a short novel about lost love, art and the artist. I have down-loaded quite a few electronic books and read some, but am not a true convert to e-reading yet. I am prone to using my play allowance on books...and my bookshelves look like it! After your last stressful weeks I am glad you were able to hibernate on the weekend to help recover from the cold you caught. Wishing you and yours healthy happy days! xx

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  33. Moms have the incredible ability to stay well and keep the boat afloat in times of stress and illness. It's when the crises passes that reality hits and we go down. I think it's Mother Nature helping us to keep our children and family safe and protected. I have tons of holds at our library and wouldn't you know it , they all seem to come in at the same time!

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  34. I stayed home last weekend too, it was blissful. I wasn't ill though. I hope you feel better soon. I find the same, I only get ill when I "stop" and therefore am frequently ill on holiday! I'm continuing reading well with my Year in Books, I read a combination of paper and kindle. I do prefer paper though. But have lots of cheap books on my kindle too. My paper books are mostly charity shop or library books.
    Hope you have a good week Jennifer,
    Jillxo

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  35. Lovely photos (I particularly love the birdbath). I read as often as I can and my idea of perfect relaxation is curling up with a mug of tea and a good book. I don't have a kindle because I love the feel of a book, paper and turning the pages. Sorry to hear you've been under the weather and hope you're feeling much better. Sam x

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  36. Your garden is beautiful. I'm glad you got a chance to rest and are feeling a bit better.

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  37. I think your garden, plants, and flowers look great! Looks professionally-done even! Sorry you weren't feeling well. It's so nice that you can take some time to do nothing and be with no one when you need it. I love a rainy weekend for that too, especially if I'm not feeling well. Hope you have a better week coming up.

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  38. Your weekend of re cooperation sounds perfect, I do hope it has done the trick :). Your garden photos are lovely, I do like to peek into others gardens, call me nosy if you like, especially when they are from very different climates to my own :)

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  39. I don't have an e-reader and probably won't ever get one. I just love a 'proper' book :-) Hope you're feeling better... x

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  40. Hope you are feeling much better by now. Thank you for the book tips.
    Meredith

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  41. I do the whole put books on hold at the library too . Sometimes it does take forever , but it's worth it. I love holding the books and turning the pages and I can't stand to pay for books anymore! Although I do rack up quite a bit of fines at the library these days. :) Your flowers are so beautiful. I hope you are feeling better. Have a good weekend.

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