It's a sunny, chilly morning today, and I am propped up in bed against a landslide of pillows, enjoying a candle, coffee, and my Bible. The children are watching a movie as a special treat, and it is quiet. After a week of Thanksgiving festivities and a houseful of people, it is odd for it to be so quiet.
Yesterday, while my husband took his parents and Caiden to the fishing store, I sat down to make a Very Important List, accompanied by pumpkin pie and piano music. I typed up a list of all the books I could think of that I'd like to read in 2011. It was deeply satisfying, and after I finished (If that could ever, actually, be finished! You book lovers know what I mean.), I visited my library's website to see how many are there.
1. My list has 135 books on it. That is way---way---more than I read in a year.
2. Of those, the library has 34, and we already own 21. That leaves me a lot of books to borrow or buy.
But no worries! I figure I'll read the first 55 and then figure out the rest. Anybody with a hobby knows there will never be enough time (or resources) to complete all the "want to's" on the list, and just making the list is half the fun. If I read even half of my list, that will be more books than I've read in a year in decades.
On the list, if you're looking for suggestions:
Hannah Coulter, by Wendell Berry--suggested in "Honey for a Woman's Heart"
Kidnapped, by R. L. Stevenson
Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter (Have you read "Freckles"? Wonderful!)
A Man Called Peter, by Catherine Marshall
The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton
The Space Trilogy, by C. S. Lewis
Winter Cottage, by Carol Ryrie Brink
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
and many, many more! It is, if nothing, an eclectic list.
And of course I'm sketching up lists of Christmas gifts-- holiday baking--Christmas cards--goals for 2011--and so on! I am a list maker through and through, and my journal is filled with them. (This year's lists were mainly of house projects to do, but with the completion of the family room facelift, the only things left to do inside are minor, paint a wall here, change a light fixture there. It is nice to finally have all the big work done inside.)
Eventually today I'll need to get on some work clothes and get down to serious cleaning, but for a few minutes more, I'm just enjoying the serenity and solitude. And my lists.