It's one of those dark days in my house with lamps lit and a light rain falling outside. I can hardly stand it that it's so perfectly my kind of day AGAIN! And I happen to have one of the best things to do with it...
Oh, it's good. I love that the copy I bought is old and used and tattered with dog ears all through it. It feels old in my hands, and I keep wondering how many people have read this particular copy. I came across one part in the book where someone had drawn a circle around a paragraph in pencil, and I wondered why. Now it's in my hands here in Texas. As my tears fell on the pages last night at just after 1:00 in the morning, I looked to see if I could see anyone else's tear stains on the page. No. They must have wiped them away before the salty-wet could leave their mark. I left mine. I'm keeping this book forever.
Maybe, when I've gone on to Glory and whatever is beyond that, the stranger who cleans out my belongings will find it. Instead of throwing it in the dumpster with my old granny underwear and eye glasses, they'll read it and wonder about the old lady who owned it and if she was the one who left the pencil marks and tear stains. I'm going to leave a handwritten note in it and maybe a dollar bill between some pages. I love finding things in old books, don't you?
It's perfect, I tell you! So perfect that I'm dawdling about reading it for too long at once...except for last night when I stayed up past 2:00 in the morning reading. Thankfully, it's a long book. I'm afraid for it to be over. Then I'll have to come out of my book fog, my make-believe world, and back to my real one. I'm trying to savor it.
I put another dish of bird seed out on the porch. It's under the cover of the porch roof so the rain won't get in it and wash it away. The birds are loving it. I saw several different species yesterday coming in for a snack. They were singing and whistling and making a lot of racket for little birds. I think it's because they were happy to have a big dish of food and they didn't have to scrounge in the rain for something to eat.
A pair of doves have been out there all morning.
You know what's good on days like this?
Hot Chunky Soup over a bowl of rice.
I jazz it up a little sometimes with a shake of dried oregano.
Always plenty of black pepper, and a little garlic and onion powder.
So quick & easy. More time to read.
So warm in your tummy.
Here is that Cheese & Onion Bread I made a couple of days ago.
It is so good sliced and toasted with a little schmear of butter.
I'll be making this recipe again.
See my last post for the recipe link.