Random Thoughts From My Life Lately



I sat down to write a book review but I am tired and that is just not going to happen tonight so instead, you get all the random thoughts that have been running through my head as I sit with my fingers poised over the keyboard. Really, it is just a list of things to tell you, none of which in any way are particularly interesting or merit a blog post but I am telling you anyway.

I started running. Again. But this time it seems to be sticking. I just finished week six of a couch-to-5k program and I can now run for 22 minutes straight. I have always quit at the beginning of week four before so this is major progress. I am slower than a herd of turtles but I am running.

I gave up sugar. Today. Yes, it is miserable. Yes, my family probably hates me right now. Yes, I hate me right now. But what is the point of running if I am still eating terribly? I don't have high hopes of this sticking but I'm giving it a try.

My sister and her family gave us a belated anniversary present and since part of it is book themed I am showing you. It is the picture at the top of the post. I love it and now think I might need to redecorate my whole bedroom around it.

My husband asked me the other day if I thought I had enough books. He has been married to me for 28 years. Shouldn't he know better than that? I, obviously, promptly bought two more books. Well, Barnes & Noble had a 75 percent off section. What would you have done? These are the two books I bought.



I decided the other day that I needed an insulated teapot. It is cold now and my pot of tea gets cold before I am done drinking it. I looked them up on Amazon and they are about $60 which is more than I want to spend on a teapot. Do tea cozies actually work or are they just a retro thing that looks charming? Hot tea for more than 20 minutes is my dream.

I had to buy ink for my fountain pen. It came with a cartridge but I decided I wanted to fill it from an ink bottle because if I am going old-school then I might as well go the whole way. The bottle is pretty and the whole thing pleases me but I think I should probably paper my kitchen in newspaper before I try to fill it because I am a bit clumsy and this is likely not going to end well.

I have decided that what I currently want out of life is a little cabin in a clearing in the woods with a stream nearby. There must be a fireplace, a cozy couch with lots of blankets, and windows to gaze out of. I want an endless supply of books, tea, and blank notebooks to write in. I want silence. Of course, since this is all a fantasy, I am not at all nervous about being in a cabin in the woods by myself.

Now that I am thinking about it, an apartment in a city where no one knows me and there are lots of coffee shops and bookstores would be nice too. Maybe a week in the city and then I retreat to the cabin.

But, wherever I am, I want it to magically stay clean and food to appear whenever I need it. Healthy, sugarless food, I suppose. I tried to fit running into the cabin fantasy but I found that I immediately fell while leaping across the stream, sprained my ankle, and lay there all night until I finally managed to drag myself back to the cabin where I came down with pneumonia from exposure. Obviously, the running will have to stop.

So, which would you pick? Cabin or city?








8 comments

  1. I really enjoyed your random thoughts. I would definitely go for a cabin, by a stream or a loch, in fact that's a dream of mine. I would need an emergency supply of chocolate though.

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    1. Well, yes. I suppose chocolate would be essential. The word "loch" makes it sound so much more enticing...

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  2. Do get a tea cosy. They keep tea hot for an hour or more. However, make sure you get a thick one - some of the thinner ones seem to be merely decorative. It also helps to put you teapot on a cork mat.

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    1. I didn't know that about a cork mat. I have some and will try it.

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  3. Yes to a tea cosy, and yes to a cabin in the woods! I often think about how nice it would be to fill a suitcase with books and head for a cabin in the woods where I could spend a blissful week reading.

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    1. That does sound wonderful. A week of quiet and no responsibilities sounds perfect.

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  4. Definitely the cabin in the woods - but, then, I don't run. But the magically-appearing food is an absolute necessity (and the money to buy same). I don't mind a little cleaning - and I don't mind a little dust either.

    I would have said 'no' to the tea cozy, but I'm going on 50-year-old memories, so you'd better go with what the others say.

    Of course, he should know better. My husband doesn't ask anymore, although we are at the downsizing stage of our lives and I'm supposed to be 'reading up' my remaining 300 books, after donating several hundred more over the past 3 years. Somehow library books keep taking up all the space on my night table, so my own library has remained fairly static.

    Thanks for another lovely post!

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    1. I could have done with some magically-appearing food tonight. I was not in the mood to cook and was not in the mood to go out. That did not leave me with many options!

      Three hundred books should take you a bit to work through. I haven't dared count up how many I have unread. Maybe it is best I don't know the total.

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