I love to read. When I was a kid, I always had my nose buried in a book. I used to get in trouble in elementary school for hiding books inside my desk and secretly reading them during class time when I was supposed to be listening to what the teacher was saying. My parents had to resort to desperate measures to get my attention when I was reading, because the real world would just slip away and I’d be completely absorbed in the latest adventures of The Babysitters Club, Anne of Green Gables, or Jessica and Elizabeth (if you were born in the 70s I’m sure you know who they are).
Not that I’m blaming them, but ever since my kids came along, I haven’t been able to find as much time to read. There’s always something more practical that needs to be done, and it’s impossible to get lost in a good book when someone is bound to need Mom as soon as you sit down. But every summer when we escape to the lake for a week, I manage to get in some quality reading time. We’re getting ready to head out tomorrow and I’ve got Written In My Own Heart’s Blood – the new book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series – and The Heiresses by Sara Shepard lined up for this year’s lake reading. I can’t wait to crack them open!
Before I leave, I wanted to share a few things I’ve been reading online this week:
- I discovered Cynthia’s blog when she weighed in on my Paint Paralysis dilemma. Cynthia is a fellow decorator and lives in the storybook-quaint town of Bayfield, Ontario. Her blog is full of pretty spaces and places, including Hoop Top House, the home she and her husband designed and built and recently sold (there’s a great story that goes with the new buyers too!)
- It may not be original, but it sure is pretty! Check out Shannon’s new (shower) curtain, and while you’re there you’re sure to be inspired by the rest of her house too. I love her style.
- And finally, a little shameless self-promotion: I shared some ideas for Naturally Beautiful Decorating Options over on the Womens Business Network of Ottawa blog, in keeping with the WBN’s July theme of Everything Natural.
Happy reading, everyone! And if you have any suggestions to help me find more time for reading, do share.