Now that my little Christmas tree is put away, I put the prayer plant in the red beverage stand. I figured that’s a pretty good place to display plants.

The red stand was getting faded hanging on the fence in the outdoor sun, so I think I’ll keep it inside for now.

When I woke up this morning, I had the feeling that I might have turned the corner on being sick. I could breathe in deeply again. Not coughing as much.

Maybe it’s due to being the third day of using the NeilMed Sinus Rinse that reader Ruth wrote to me and told me to look for, which I promptly did.

I’d never heard of it. But I was sure willing to give it a go. So thanks Ruth!

Another reader, Joan, who lives here in town, offered to bring me whatever I needed. Food, medicine, whatever. Thanks so much, Joan, but I’m fine.

I’m hoping I can get out and about for myself soon. 

Sara, the person I found to transfer my blog to the different blog platform, will be doing so on Tuesday, when hopefully most will be back at work from the holidays.

We’re waiting until the holidays are over to get things situated with the ad network. So I’m hoping it all goes smoothly.

I’m not anticipating any problem. I’m a little anxious though, just because this blog has been my baby since April of 2009. 

I’ve been averaging a book every day or so. Reading them, that is. A steady supply has been coming in. 

I hope you don’t get tired of book reviews. Cause I sure don’t get tired of reading books! 

I’m currently reading this book… 

I’ll never tire of reading. 

Ever since I learned how to sound out words in the first grade, I have been smitten with books. Always had my nose in a book, as they say.

I remember my excitement when I could finally recognize letters and know what they spelled out. 

Since I was quite small I had been squiggling things on paper and pretending the squiggles meant something.

Then there I was actually stringing words together into sentences. It was like a revelation.

They say if you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. But if you teach the man to fish, you will feed him for a lifetime. 

I feel similarly about books. 

If someone reads to you, they will entertain you for a day. But if someone teaches you to read, they’ve essentially handed you the key to unlocking all the information in the world. 

From that day forward, given that most precious of gifts, you will be able to fend for yourself in the world. Because you are in a position to partake in the opportunities that life has to offer.

All because you can read.

I don’t know where this frigid cold blast has come from. But I think I understand more what it must be like to live up north. 

I sure hate the heat when it comes and lingers on and on. But this cold may be something for the history books. 

I will sure be relieved to see more temperate weather in the forecast.


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  1. I am happy to hear that you are feeling better! I've never really thought about what a huge blessing it is to be able to read; but you are so right! You were born to be a writer, for sure! Happy New year!

    1. I forgot to say that the weather is cold in NC right now too, and our heat has been running almost nonstop. It is so DRY in the house and its burning our sinuses. I'm going to work on some humidity today, if I have to boil a pot of water all day. ha!

  2. so glad you've turned that corner into feeling better!
    couldn't help but think as I read all the comments from everywhere… and always do…
    that we are blessed to live in this era even with all its problems. we have the easiness of instant camaraderie and friendship at our fingertips. it's so wonderful!

  3. When I saw that you had a book review in your last post, I wondered if you might want to create some sort of 'sharing new reads' with your readers. I love when I get a book recommendation from a blogger. Imagine if we all left a comment with smoothing good we had read with a short synopsis? Just a thought. Then again I see you are in the middle of a web change.

    Happy New Year. Feel better, dear.

    Jane

  4. I used to do that very same thing that you describe as a child–pretend writing. I would fill little notebooks with the "scribbling" and was an early reader. I have always said in reference to my children's progress in school that I wasn't concerned with much else besides them learning to read well because if you can read then you can learn just about anything else you need or want to know. Yes, I love reading and always will. I can't imagine not being able to read.

    It's been bloody cold up here in Michigan for about a week and a half. Down to single digits a lot of the time. And according to the weather forecasts not a break in sight. It actually is unusually cold even for us this far north of where you are, Brenda. One just doesn't want to go out at all. I can't imagine what my heating bills are going to be! I do like the look of the snow, though. It makes everything look clean and pretty. Can't build snowpeople with it, though–too dry and sifty.

    Glad to know that you are feeling some better. I hope you will continue to be on the mend. I have been having a sinus and bronchial infection for about two weeks myself. I don't have as much congestion as I have had and not as much coughing but still not over it. I've never heard of the product you mentioned in this post either. Maybe I will research it and get some.

    Have you gotten any gardening or seed catalogs yet? I have gotten a couple and have been looking at them which lifts my spirits and gets my imagination going! Can't wait 'til seed-starting time!

    Take care!

  5. I agree – reading is everything. It keeps you smart and opens up new worlds. Ridiculously cold here in IL lately too…every night is below zero. We got more snow today, too. Had to drive home from my aunt's house in the snowfall today, which wasn't fun. Why are you changing blog platforms? I thought that you really liked Blogger! I hope you're not going back to WordPress – I remember you had a lot of problems with them.

  6. I have always been a reader too but recently I got hooked on two Netflix series…and just binge-watched through two of them over the last two weeks.

    I don't know how cold it is there right now but I woke up to 1 degree yesterday.

    Glad to hear that you are starting to feel better ! 🙂 And you have a green thumb outdoors and indoors 🙂

  7. So glad to hear that you are starting to recover. We too, are having very cold weather. It's nice to be able to stay inside and hibernate. I love your book reviews and base many of my book purchases on your reviews. Hope you continue to feel better and Happy New Year to you.

  8. So happy to hear you are feeling a little better! I hope the improvement continues!

    After several mild winters we are certainly having a cold one this year! We had a beautiful white Christmas but unfortunately we have also had too many days with single digit temps. We have not gotten below zero yet so I am thankful for that!

    The prayer plant look so pretty and cheerful in the red container! You certainly have a green thumb with plants – both inside and out!

    Here's hoping you continue to feel better!

  9. Glad to hear you are feeling better Brenda. I love books, always have, I think I am the only one in the family that does! I can never understand why others don't enjoy reading as much as I do. I have tried to encourage my husband to but no he's just not interested. I think it is because I get so much joy out of it I want others to as well.

  10. It's ridiculously cold up here this week, most definitely much colder than usual. I was hoping to hold off on getting my next cord of wood delivered until the cold front passes, but that doesn't seem to be an option as it's going to linger and I sure can't risk running out of wood! I dread the thought of being out there in the cold stacking, though…..brrrrrrrr!! So glad you are starting to feel better, Brenda!

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