Sunday, January 19, 2014
It's another delightful day here in Idaho. The fog has rolled in an obliterated most everything around. It's been foggy since daylight so all the trees and plants are still covered in frozen frost even at four in the afternoon.
It's been a nice, quiet weekend here with lots of reading a several movies. A neighbor came by yesterday morning to gift the kids a huge tin of popcorn, donuts, breads, and oranges from Arizona,
She also brought me a lovely jar of my favorite lemon curd. It's English Provender's Lemon Curd she buys at Trader Joe's. I've had many types of lemon curd, but this is my absolute favorite. She came come from wintering in Arizona for a few days and always bears gifts. She is a delight and my only wish is that she would stay here all year!
I popped in Robin Hood for the kids to watch yesterday afternoon while they enjoyed their popcorn. A movie in the day is a rare event around here. Besides, it matches up with our Middle Ages theme in History, right? ;)
Speaking of History, I must confess to being rather frustrated with it all. I ordered some books recommended by a well known Charlotte Mason website. I thought one of the main points of CM was to teach interesting lessons from living books. Not sure what happened, but so far, the readings are rather dull, long and hard to figure as to how they match up with CM ideals and even just the Middle Ages at all.
I am writing to see if anyone out there has any suggestions. I've been looking at some other books, but find I am afraid to buy any others without better recommendations as I do not want any more money wasted. I'm leaning towards the Oxford Histories and some DK Eyewitness books as well. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
I am currently ready one of Sweetheart's old college textbook's on the first century in hopes of gaining more knowledge myself of Roman times and the Middle Ages. I am almost embarrassed about how little I remember. This of course makes me think I am probably worried about nothing after all I am a fully functioning adult and I don't know it all!
I've also been reading Tolkein. I started The Fellowship of the Rings today and read The Hobbit last week. I've never read any of them before, but find myself enjoying them now.
I read My Antonia the other day by Willa Cather. I hadn't read Willa Cather since high school wherein we read a lot of Willa Cather. I loved in. Soon, I'll be on the prowl for more.
I also finally finished up another Dickens' short story as I still maintain my plan to read everything he wrote. It's taken years, but obviously I've read other things in between. Speaking of Dickens, I somehow found myself rereading A Tale of Two Cities yesterday. I know. We'll just call me an eclectic reader. And somewhere in this week I also read a novel by Tracie Peterson.
So what can I say? I love free books on my Kindle. :) If I can't get them free on Amazon's Kindle store, I get them from Project Gutenberg.
Well, I'm off to brew another pot of tea. I am down to the bottom of my tin of Harney & Sons Valentines Blend. I am afraid I only have enough for two more pots. Sad isn't it? It's a lovely Chocolate Tea with Rosebuds which even I think sounds awful, but really tastes very good.
So what are you brewing these days?