I don’t think I will ever tire of waking this way – open windows, sun streaming in, birds chirping. It’s a late spring / early summer Saturday morning pleasure, and it goes well with a cup of tea, an engaging book, and a few hours of unscheduled bliss.
I had thought I might spend my day in the kitchen, inhaling the long-anticipated fragrance of the annual peony, baking bread, tidying up, and listening to a few good podcasts. I changed my mind while sitting on my bed, reading. If I looked down under the edge of the book, I could see my feet, my fun pajama bottoms, and the cozy beach quilt that has come to have temporary residence on my bed.
However, if I happened to gaze over the top of my book, no matter which way I would turn my head, I could see laundry. Some clean, some dirty, some anybody’s guess. I came to the conclusion that my time might better be spent vanquishing the laundry piles.
That took longer than you might think, and there are still a few loads waiting to be washed, but at least all of the clothes are corralled in baskets. If I read in bed tomorrow morning, and my gaze drifts above the pages of the book, there is at least one corner of the room that will be laundry-free. The battle is won, but the war rages on. That’s progress enough for one day.
I did still manage to make the bread, but I didn’t do anything else in the kitchen. Honestly, I didn’t even make supper. We ate bread by the handful like savages. What can I say? When the family whittles away the hours grazing on healthy snacks, nobody is particularly enthusiastic about a big supper anyway. And besides, that bread is darn good.
It’s entirely possible that tomorrow (or maybe tonight, even) I will finish reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. This event has made me eager to get my hands on some more reading material, and I am particularly looking for two types of book to sink my teeth into. Maybe you have suggestions?
First, for my reading pleasure, I think I’d enjoy another memoir-type book like this one and A Homemade Life. I’m looking for recommendations along a similar vein, and although there need not be food involved, it’s all the better if the author is interested in some of the things that interest me – domestic, crafty things. As I type this, I am remembering a title that had slipped my mind: Made from Scratch. I’ll be adding that one to my wish list, but I welcome any other suggestions as well.
Secondly, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has got me all interested in preserving. I don’t have a garden myself, but I do enjoy the farmers’ markets in the summer. I want to load up on heirloom tomatoes and serve up a spaghetti sauce that’s to die for, and then I want to save some for later. I need a good reference, appropriate for total newbies, that will give me practical instructions for safely doing just that. And for preserving jams. And maybe some pickles, too. Any well-loved books you can point me to?
Thanks in advance. Now I am considering ending the day as I began it. Just replace the sun with the moon, and the birds with the cricuits, and you get the idea.