Thanks to all of you for your uplifting and encouraging comments to my post yesterday. I really appreciate everything you all suggested. I have been kind of bored and at loose ends lately, but am definitely going to "snap out of it", as Mary Englebreit likes to say. It is amazing how many of you have felt exactly the same way! What a wonderful community blogging has introduced me to. I am so grateful to know all of you! I have gone from having just a couple of good friends to having dozens!!!
Isn't it strange how suddenly having time to do exactly as one wishes is such a difficult thing to adjust to when you have always led a busy life? How odd that one can't be happy with whatever stage of life one is in at the moment! If I am really busy, I crave peace and solitude. Give me solitude, and I crave activity! I must be patient with myself and learn to love the life I am living.
One thing I have been doing is a lot of reading. I have always been a good multi-tasker, so I have several books that I am reading right now. (Weird, but I have always been able to read several books at one time). Eat, Pray, Love is a great book about a woman who decides to take a year off and spend four months each in Italy, India, and Indonesia. Fascinating. The other book I am enjoying is The Saffron Kitchen, a gripping story of an Iranian mother and her complicated relationship with her English/Iranian daughter. I am also zipping through Cesar's Way, a remarkable story of a Mexican immigrant who is a natural wiz at dog training.
My son took the bed that was in my sewing room off to his new apartment in Santa Margarita, so now I have room for a reading nook. Here is a picture of where I have been spending a lot of time lately.
And here is where I have not been spending a single minute:
I have some good plans for the weekend, with my husband, which I am looking forward to. We will drive up to Granite Bay to visit my sister and her husband, then spend Friday in the Lake Tahoe area. Saturday is set aside for fun and socializing. Plus, you just never know what surprises there might be along the way....