I will be the first to admit my mood is greatly affected by the weather. In all seriousness, I think I have an undiagnosed seasonal affective disorder. Why I live in Central PA is beyond my comprehension. Anyway, I’m quick to complain when mother nature is less than cooperative. Today on the other hand, I am not complaining. I am thankful the sun is shining and I am soaking up every second of it.
I am thrilled to see green popping up around the yard. Yesterday it rained, and rained, and rained. I was pretty annoyed about that until my mom casually reminded me, “This will certainly help things turn green,” or something like that. How true, right? I think there is a life lesson hidden in there as well. Without the rain (the bad times), we can’t truly appreciate the green (the good times). And honestly, no matter how much we complain about the rain or the bad times, there’s really nothing we can do about them. We just have to battle through and relish glorious days like today.
Today’s mail also brought a couple books. The first is The Book of Awakening. It came out about thirteen years ago and Oprah made it crazy popular about three years ago. Over the past month I heard people talking about it several times. I’m kind of a self-help book junkie, even though I still haven’t found one that has truly helped. Anyway, this book has a little passage to read every day that guides the reader to ” having the life you want by being present to the life you have.” Not a bad idea, right? The description goes on to say, “It’s a daily guide for living in hard times and good times, all the time reminding us that the life we’re living is the life we have. Lived authentically, it can – and does – become the life we want.” I’m all about that. So, we shall see. I’ll let you know what I think. Has anyone out there read or heard about this book?
The other book I ordered was Homemade Summer. I have a sick obsession with beautiful cookbooks. But to tell you the truth, I never actually use them. (Please tell me I’m not the only one.) Anyway, I fell in love with Yvette van Boven and her cookbooks last year when my sister-in-law bought me Homemade Winter for my birthday. I warn you Yvette van Boren’s cookbooks are not your typical cookbooks. I’m not sure how to describe them. They are cookbooks that allow you to explore cooking and eating on a whole new level. Maybe a little goofy? Maybe a bit of magic? It all depends on how you look at it. Anyway, I’m planning to put all of these cookbooks to use soon, but that’s for another post.
In other news, I just got back from Goodwill where I picked up this amazing painting for $5. Don’t you love it when you score a bargain? I actually went in looking for some funky glassware and came out with a painting. It seems that anytime I go thrifting of antiquing I never find what I’m actually searching for. So, these days I try and just go with no expectations, hoping to come back with a treasure. Have you found any cool treasures lately?