The best & most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
... Helen Keller
Good Morning my lovelies, I hope all is well with you. Today is a statutory holiday in Canada, Family Day. Always the 3rd Monday in February. Everything is closed, banks, schools, government, grocery stores, malls & worse of all, the library!
Currently Reading: Echoes of Old Books by Barbara Davis. "Main character, Ashlyn Greer owns a book shop & deals in rare books. She is blessed with the ability to feel the emotions & echoes of books' previous owners. Her gift comes alive when she discovers a pair of unpublished books & she becomes caught up in the love, secrets & betrayal & eventual forgiveness of the authors, while sorting through the same emotions of her own life." A story within a story.
I know that I have a rather different taste in books & this one is definitely satisfying me. It took me a couple of chapters to be involved with the characters but now I find it a book that is hard to put down. Thankfully I have the book for 3 weeks, so I may finish within the next day & will re-read before I have to give it back.
Currently Being Social: I made these little chocolate "cards" to hand out to the folks at church on the 11th & to the ladies of my bible study group on the 14th.
My new to me Scottish word describes the last two weeks;
Dumfungled = to be mentality & physically worn out.
Thankfully my demfungled-ness is a result of forces/people /situations outside of my own home, Mr Man & I are both well.
Good Morning. Happy to report that our local groundhog did NOT see his shadow on the morning of February 2nd - so that means an early spring. My little grumble about this, is spring arrives roughly the same time every year, March 20th -22nd. The big difference for us is the not the first day of spring, but the first spring like day & that is not until April. Rant over.
Currently Reading: The Berry Pickers, a debt novel from a Canadian author, Amanda Peters: July 1962. A Mi’kmaq family from Nova Scotia arrives in Maine to pick blueberries for the summer. Weeks later, four-year-old Ruthie, the family’s youngest child, vanishes. She is last seen by her six-year-old brother, Joe, sitting on a favorite rock at the edge of a berry field. Joe will remain distraught by his sister’s disappearance for years to come.
I am enjoying this book, I like the characters for the most part.
Currently Revealing: I received this gorgeous hat just before Christmas from someone at church. She originally purchased for the birthday celebrations of a friend when they celebrated at the Queen's Plate (horse race), in 2022. The hat also saw some Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. I was so grateful & I had just the perfect blouse in my closet that was a very close match to the hat colour & material. I wore to church on New Year's Eve. I was feeling quite regal.
Currently Confirmed: In our region of the province, we normally get an average of 80 hours of sunshine in January. It has been confirmed that January 2024 we got only17 hours!
Thankfully February has started out well, with several days in a row of glorious sunshine. I even got Mr Man to go outside with me for a walk. Why the media didn't cover this story, I'll never know (laughing out loud). You could say Mr Man is leaning towards being a Suckrificer.
Happy week to you.
...Suckrifice, doing what you absolutely must, even though you really, really hate it.
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I saw on a few other blogs that I lurk about on, questions & answers about self care in winter. Thought I would give it a go.
How Do You Fight The Winter Blues: I'm no expert on this & I often succumb to the blues & have to give myself a good shaking or two to snap out of it, but some of the things I try to do are; get crafty, read, do an exercise class (online/YouTube). I've also discovered "walks in the woods" on YouTube, it is a wonderful way to give being on the stationary bike or treadmill a lift. I will also spend some time with seed & bulb catalogues dreaming of my potential garden adventures.
Flannel Sheets/PJs- Yes or No: oh yes, we both like the cozy feeling of flannel sheets. I also wear flannel pjs in the winter with big fuzzy bed socks, although I don't wear the socks in bed. We also have a few flannel lap blankets about, although the cats usually have laid claim to those before I get a chance to sit down. We have a gas fireplace in the family room, which is delightful for a reading cozy up under a flannel blanket.
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Favourite Warm Beverage: tea & lots of it. Mr Man is more of a coffee drinker but I am turning him to tea, late mid morning.
Not very often, but sometimes I'll make hot chocolate & not from a powder mix. It is a really decadent treat. I did buy us some chocolate bombs with the hope that we would use in our rewarding hot chocolate, after a walk outside. For those that haven't experienced the joy/fun of chocolate bombs, here's an explanation: "hot chocolate bombs, or glossy chocolate orbs filled with cocoa mix, marshmallows, sprinkles, and other edible baubles. They are a truly over-the-top way to level up your cocoa game. Once plopped inside a mug full of warm milk, the bombs open up in dramatic fashion, revealing the goodies inside and creating a decadent cup of hot cocoa once stirred together." There are lots of recipes online to make chocolate bombs. On a side note about chocolate decadent treats, you can now get chocolate piñatas!
Suggestions For Fun Winter Time Activities: stay in doors, craft or read. I know the answer is supposed to include outdoor activities & for lots of folks it does. Some people, ski, ice skate, long walks, but not me. There are not any local outdoor skating rinks & skating indoors is usually crowded & far too many children racing about. We used to have at least 5 outdoor skating rinks in our village, but over the years because of unpredictable weather (often too mild for ice making) & a lack of volunteers to maintain the rinks, the village is down to maybe 1 & this year, it hasn't been up & running because of the weather.
Skiing is far too expensive for me at this time. I have done both types of skiing; down hill (not good at it at all) & cross-country skiing, which I liked, but still not very good at it. I used to visit my friend, M, who lived in Ottawa where there are some fabulous ski hills. She was an excellent downhill skier & even skied in the Swiss Alps one year. M was a very patient teacher, but I lack the natural balance skill, I never advanced off the bunny hills (beginners & children) & even then I fell more than I skied. I do like walks however short in the cold, especially if there's a hot chocolate bomb waiting for me when I get back inside.
What about you, how do you make friends with winter?
Also to note for inside winter fun, the 100 Day Project (crafting) is coming up - begins on February 18th. Are you going to participate? I've already got my list of projects I would like to complete during these 100 days.
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