Saturday, April 16, 2011
I have great memories of resting by the fireside, this past winter. Early in the morning, I would do all my housework. Then I would look out the window and admire the snow covered landscape. I would sit in my favorite chair, near the hearth, and enjoy a warm fire. I had a cozy pillow and blanket and a small table beside me. I would read Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens. This 1000 page novel is a masterpiece. It took me months to read the entire book, because I wanted to savor each word. I would sit and read while sipping on hot chocolate with marshmallows. I did this during my homemaking breaks.
I would get up and prepare lunch and do more chores. Then it was time for another rest, near the fire, with my book. I would head back to my chair and enjoy a couple of pieces of Freschetta pizza. It was my favorite lunch! I would also sip on ginger-ale. I enjoyed that book so much and will re-read it again this coming winter.
This morning it is chilly here in Vermont. Mr. White just started up the wood stove. I am contemplating reading a book for the spring. Perhaps it will be another Dickens classic. Or maybe I will start with Austen. Whatever the novel is, I am sure it will be delightful. But I dearly look forward to the next winter, when I can sit by the fire, and enjoy my favorite chair and my special breaks.
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