I am having a difficult time believing we're beginning the second week of December! Amazing! I love this time of year. Even, the smell of the air seems to change in some places. It's the smell of Christmas for me, the evergreen trees, wreaths and garland, cookies baking, gingerbread, cider and peppermint and so much more all mixed together (and the scented Yankees Candles don't hurt! LOL) I love Christmas carols and music, especially Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite, Handel's Messiah, The Little Drummer Boy, Greensleeves, O Holy Night, Winter Wonderland and so many more. I am more of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas music but there are modern versions of the songs that I like. And, for the most part, if it's Christmas music I'll listen to it. Our cable channels include many music channels one of which is called "The Sounds of the Seasons". I like to put it on during the day while I'm puttering around here taking care of the cats, reading writing or blogging . It makes me feel festive and happy!
This was another week when I didn't blog except from posting cookie recipes. I got hit with a bad cold. Cold don't mix well with my asthma and I have a habit of ending up with bronchitis or pneumonia whenever I get a cold. I didn't have the energy to post and comment on other blogger's posts. Everyday I thought I'd be able to post on my blog after checking email, checking the blogs on my Blogger Dashboard and visiting some blogs. But I got tired really quickly so I would stop to rest planning to get back on-line in a little while. But my brief nap turned into a long sleep which I woke up from feeling worse than before I fell asleep. That was the pattern for most of my days this week with slight variations.
When I woke up this morning I felt better. I still have a cold but I have more energy and I'm able to breath better. Yay!
The cats kept me company all week. Betsy and Magoo slept on the bed close by. Magoo on top of me at times! Sadie doesn't like to get on the bed but she sits with me when I'm on the computer, she likes to share the chair. Fortunately she's little! Sadie makes this adorable, sweet-sounding chirping noise when she wants to be cute and loving. I got a lot of those noises this week!
The cats, especially Bob, Jazzy, Dopey and Sadie really liked cat-nip this week! We always have some but sometimes they don't want anything to do with it. This week they wanted some. It brings out their friskiness. At different times, the 4 of them were running around while Sam waived the laser light around. They love that little red dot. It doesn't seem to bother them that they never catch it! Jazzy growls the entire time she's playing. She also loves this colorful, soft balls we found at Target. She and Huxley bat them all over the place. Bob really played hard for the first time last night. He chased the laser light all over the place. It was very funny! LOL He's adorable when he runs and a little spazzy! His face lights up and his eyes get very big & blue.
I didn't get a lot of reading done this week. I seemed to fall asleep every time I opened a book. I bought some good books because Amazon was having a 2 for the price of 3 sale on Black Friday. I also joined Paper Back Swap and have received some great books from them. The Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver has been lost in the mail it seems since it was mailed 26 days ago & still hasn't arrived. Our mail delivery has been a little iffy the past couple of months ever since our regular mail delivery person left. The replacements, and there have been many, can't seem to even read the very large house numbers on the door!
Anyway, I have some great books to read. I am reading Talking to the Dead by Helen Dunmore. I have Away by Amy Bloom, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears, The Master by Colm Toibin, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen now on my shelf. And that doesn't include some wonderful books that I've won. I'll save that list for another day. I'm looking forward to reading all of them and more!
Enjoy your Sunday my friends! I've missed you and hope to be posting daily this week!