|A moth, doing his thing|
In the desert-part of California, we rarely get rain. It could be raining everywhere in California; but the most we get are the clouds.
But this June, our little desert had two days of downpour. It was such a blessing and joy. My plants and flowers were so happy, especially following weeks of over 100 degree, brutal heat. After those two separate days of showers, we had unusual sunsets, and I had to take pictures, which do them no justice. The sky glowed florescent orange, which reminded me of Gone With the Wind.
|After the shower|
Gone with the Wind, I am ashamed to admit that I have stopped reading. Given that June was extremely busy for my family, there were many days I didn't read anything.
I do not like to give up reading a book, especially one that I have great regard for; I had reacted emotionally when I committed myself to reading it this summer, and I was not able to enjoy it as I had wanted to. I did not want to force myself to read it and then produce a bad experience, especially since I had an amazing experience the first time I read it. So I sadly admitted defeat and put it back on the shelf.
In addition, I am only half way through 300 pages of The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, and a little more than half way with The Wind in the Willows. I had wanted to be done with both by the end of June, but that is not happening.
|Another amazing sunset after rain|
What spare time I was able to find, I used it to continue reading the Little House on the Prairie series. While everyone was still asleep, I would steal away to the back porch in the early morning and read as long as I could. It is the one story or series of stories that I love to escape to: a simpler life, a simpler time. And for some reason, it makes me want to be a better mother. A friend of mine once remarked that when motherhood became difficult for her, she found herself asking, "What would Caroline do?"
Of course, though there was no time to read thoroughly and deeply this June, it did not stop me from collecting more books.
|More books that I do not have time to read|
I found these in the library used books section:
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Surprised by Joy - C.S. Lewis
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Julie and Julia - Julie Powell
Out of Africa - Karen Blixen (Dinesen)
Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
This was given away at church:
Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
And this was given to me for my birthday:
Evelina - Frances Burney
Speaking of my birthday, I ended up with several Barnes and Noble gift cards, too. I went through my wish list on Amazon.com and shopped seriously. When those arrive, I will share.
Now that summer is officially here and my calendar is clear, I hope to start reading thoroughly and purposefully again.