...and bedside table, the desk, piled on the floor and jammed into bookcases. Books. I love books, don't you? A magazine I used to have time to read had a monthly feature asking famous women how they'd spend their perfect day. I think I'd spend mine reading. Maybe with a few short breaks for a massage and to put more wood on the fire in the bedroom fireplace beside which I'm enjoying my perfect day in my perfect reading chair. The regular snack breaks and bubble bath could be accommodated whilst reading, of course. Sigh.
But let's take a looky at what Heather's reading these days, shall we?
First up, non-fiction.
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Really great information about the value of establishing a daily rhythm for kids, limiting screentime, and generally embracing the importance of "down time." A lot of this we've been doing instinctively, but I'm still finding it helpful and very enlightening in terms of the phases of children's social development and how this approach is adaptable to older kids.
Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I love how so much of what she writes about is relevant today - nearly 50 years after it was first published - the need for women, especially moms, to have space and time to develop themselves fully apart from children and spouses. Good to be reminded.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I love this book. I believe I'm on my 3rd reading now. I've given it as gifts, loaned it out and had to go buy a new copy so that I wouldn't be without. This really opened my eyes to the necessity of eating more seasonally, and buying local and organic whenever possible. Lots of information regarding the environmental, economic, health, and social impacts of big agriculture and loaded up with really great recipes to boot. All delivered in a very approachable, conversational tone. Awesome.
I have a few more in the pile that I've dipped into preliminarily. I'll let you know if they make the cut.
Next time, fiction. I'm reading one now that I really, really like so far but I want to finish before I recommend it.
On another note, it looks like 70 degrees and sunny tomorrow, so that means yard work. I should be very sore by tomorrow night (why can't someone design a workout that uses gardening muscles so that I don't have to "rediscover" them every year?), but it will be sooooo worth it.