In the month of January....a 'recharge' and a reading list

Lavender, books and a view from Mr. H's 'Master and Commander' window.

Happy New Year!

I hope your year is off to a roaring start or a gentle one...whichever suits you best. I ended the year with a wonderful big family roar and now that everyone has flown the coop, am easing into a gentle start.

Someone asked me the other day when I would be flying the coop and I had to pause...wondering if I was lost in the post delirium of the holiday rush and was suppose to be packing for a trip I had forgotten about. It has been known to happen. It then dawned on me....I am not going anywhere. I will be at Tahilla Farm for the winter, most of spring, most of summer and a good part of autumn. I will travel in and out to Hong Kong and Australia but am happy to call Tahilla Farm 'home' this year.

They say that January is a good month to 'recharge' your batteries. I like the sound of that and plan to embrace it. I am 'nesting' around the house, taking over the whole lot, much to the chagrin of my youngest son, Connor. There are rooms to be sorted, cupboards to be cleaned and and a basement that is looking more like a disaster zone than my usual organized chaos. Each time I fly off from Tahilla Farm, I have a habit of leaving a list of things to do when I return. Each time I return, I bury the list, thinking that I really need to tame my 'Inner Virgo'. ;)

No excuses this month for this Virgo...I am not running off anywhere. There is also a little matter of rebuilding our barn/carriage house this year, which in fact will be a big project. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all proceeds as planned. The pricing is due in shortly and I am hoping my creative inner Virgo did not run amuck with design ideas and that Mr. H and his windows did not blow the budget. We shall see...

I Spy a Studio in a Barn

In the meantime, I have plenty of reading to do and at the rate I am going with my 'nesting', I should be able to use each of the rooms in our house this month. Two dear friends who love to read and always offer wonderful book suggestions passed along a few ideas.  I am putting the list to good use and sharing it with you in the hopes that one or two may spark your interest and that you might also share your favorites.

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The hardest thing for me to do right now is to decide which format to enjoy the book in. I recently signed up for Audible and now have three options for reading, the good old fashioned hard copy, my Kindle and Audible. I really need to work on that 'Inner Virgo'. ;)


Highly Recommended!

by Trevor Noah

by Fredrik Backman

by Shanthi Sekaran

by Celeste Ng

by Marie Benedict

by Abby Fabiaschi

by Lisa Wingate

by Bill Browder

by Vicki Constantine Croke

by Yaa Gyasi

by Gail Honeyman

by Claire Fuller

With that I leave you 
with a few words 
to stir the soul.

"You are the books you read, 
the movies you watch, 
the music you listen to, 
the people you spend time with, 
the conversations you engage in. 
You are what you take from these. 
You are the sound of the ocean, 
the breath of fresh air, 
the brightest with and the darkest corner. 
You are a collective of every experience 
you have had in your life. 
You are every single day. 
So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge 
and existence.
 Let the words run through your veins 
and let the colors fill your mind."

Jac Vanek

Let the words fill your mind..

Jeanne xx

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