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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

One Week

One week
since I last posted.

Time flies.

 I wish I could report that I've been engaged in
some manner of
thrilling adventures and escapades,
but the truth is...

I've been reading.
Yep, reading.

Well, not  just  reading, as I work a full-time job.
But the bulk of my free time 
has been spent on my new 3G Kindle, 
a most thoughtful birthday gift from a dear friend.

Been taking in the classics
and some old favorites.

But mostly, been spending time immersed in
spiritual reading. The scriptures mainly, seeking answers,
guidance and peace.

Just slowing down and indulging in a bit of "me" time.
No crime in that, right?

Maybe I'll see you all again before another week passes.
Maybe not.
That's the beauty of my life these days.

My terms. 
Blogging without obligation.

Realizing that life is way too short and precious
to ever do otherwise again.

Happy Week!


cityfarmer said...

you'll find it there, in the scriptures, my friend ... peace and joy in the holy spirit

Low Tide High Style said...

Read on lovely, you deserve more than a little "me" time!

Kat :)

Beverly said...

Anne, I love my Kindle.♥♥♥

Have you read The Prophet? It is my favorite book of all time, and I find it very helpful when trying to understand life.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

So good to hear sweet Anne...wishing you peace, joy and contentment....God will provide...

Lou Cinda

jasmine said...

that is beautiful. read on!

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

That sounds wonderful, enjoy your "me" time. Before I started blogging, I would read all the time. Not so much now. I sure miss it. said...

You go girl! Live life on your terms. LIfe is way to short not too enjoy every single blessed second that has been given to us. Have a wonderful week:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Little Leslie said...

Congrats on the Kindle. But, love those old books.

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that you're taking some "me" time, Anne. Blogging should be on your terms... it's much more fun that way. :)

summersundays-jw said...

I love this -- you go girl!!!! I also love my Kindle. Jan

Alice said...

You're doing just what you need to do for you. And that's the way it should be.

Peace will come in time...most likely when you are not looking.

luckygirlgifts said...

Hi there,
I have been on a sort of blogging break as well.
I read back through your posts and am so sorry for your loss,
Thank you for sharing,
your blog is truly inspirational.
Have a lovely day
Cari B.

Theresa said...

Good for you, taking some ANNE time:) It is OK to do that and enjoy every minute! BIG HUGS AND CONTINUED PRAYERS!

Joanna said...

As you so rightly say, "Blogging without Obligation."

Take your time to enjoy,


My Grama's Soul said...

Good morning dear Anne...Sounds like with your mom's passing that "one door has opened while another has closed." Smart lady, you have come to this spot in your life. Good for you.

Hugs as always,


Sara Kane said...

The Lord will provide all you need, because He promises to do so! You are a blessing to me, Anne, I hope you know, and I pray you are being blessed by His Word. You really need this time,and I am glad you are taking it. Blogging is a joy, but sometimes we need to just rest in Him. I am looking forward to getting into our new home soon, so that i can have more quiet time with Him; we are living in our daughter's basement for now: 1 month down and about 1 month to go! Let the sunshine in!!

Love to you,

Laurie said...

P.S. I am such a dork, Anne - I sent my comment to you under my daughter Sara's (Kane)account - forgot to sign her out and sign me in - I am often on a borrowed computer these days and seldom in my right mind, it would seem! :)

Kate said...

You sweet soul, enjoy the precious moments of life.


A Cottage Muse said...

Enjoy Anne...and if you are looking for another good read try Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden...I loved it!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

God's counsel is above all else. He has the answers and the encouragement that even tho we love you, cannot give.
love you, talk soon.

Vicki said...

Read need that peace and balance in your life. We should all blog without obligation.

Farmgirl Paints said...

beauty indeed! love that you are finding your way.

Roberta said...

It is good that your are following your heart and feeding your soul deepest sympathy to you. My mother is 88, beautiful and I will miss her sorely too.
xo Roberta

Privet and Holly said...

Your way is exactly
the right way....I need
to find one of those
blogging without
obligation buttons
for my sidebar; I'm in
total agreement!
Enjoy your Kindle!
xx Suzanne

Pam said...

I can't remember the last time I read a book. And I used to read all the time. Loving your new blogging attitude. Do it when you can and when you want to. That's the way it was meant to be.

My Sparrows Nest said...

God's Word is the best place for what you are needing to understand! Take a peek at my blog post from the other day! :O) I really enjoy reading from The Message version of the Bible for fresh insight! Hugs and Tweets!

Rayanne said...

Beautiful all the old book pictures too!
Blessings friend!!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday! I agree that blogging should be without obligation, and there is a blog made for that purpose, so you can get a button your blog, that says so, that way people know it.
You can click on mine, to get there.
Also ME time is very important!!

However, The "kindles" of this world are putting printers and many employees of publishing houses out of business. Soon, there will be no need for books, you showed beautiful pictures of old books, so I assume books are important to you. As your overall love for old things shows in photo after photo. As an honest person, I have to say this is disappointing. It bothers me when anyone purchases these devices, as they do not see what damage it is going to do to our culture, the loss of jobs etc. I always speak up. So don't take it personally. My father was a printer, of textbooks. Hitler burned books. Did you ever read Fahrenheit 451?

But, I have to say, you being the lover of all things old, trying to keep them in our lives and alive, finding uses for them; have totally shocked me. I never thought you would be one of the people to buy into this destroyer of the written word.

I am missing 3 bones, several ligaments, a bit of muscle and have permanent nerve damage in my left wrist. I love to read, I can only hold a book for a few pages before my wrist and hand are burning with pain. So I totally "get" that it is thin and light. I will not buy one, even though with my disabilities (there is muscle missing in my right elbow, and both shoulders have impingement syndrome) I would be the perfect candidate to use one, but I never will. I use my brace, take a pain pill or just suck it up. I have been told eventually that wrist MUST be fused, which will make holding a book even harder. I still will not buy one. They make book stands, pyramid pills that hold books etc.
My niece has MS, and though I know this progressive disease is unpredictable, and at any time she can have issues with her arms. However since being DXed, she has had issues with her one lower leg, occasionally 1 thumb, and her face and eye. She purchased one. She also loved my father, her grandfather. I reminded her that he was a printer, and asked about all the books that wouldn't get printed. She is an educated woman like you. She is an attorney, but she admitted to me,that she never thought about it. She just thought it was "neat" and "cool" to have so many books in one small place. She further admitted if she had taken the time to think about it, she wouldn't have bought one. I do not know if I believe her or not. I took her sentence of "having all these "books" in one handy place, and reminded her that they are not "Books".

Anne you refer to me as friend, and I also about you, so I hope you can understand my honesty here, and take it as something I am just passionate about and sharing.

I have been thinking about you, and your little "package" is ready to mail and is going out on Friday.
I hope your grieving is lightening up some, and that you are feeling better.

Patty said...

Anne, the "Me" time is definitely a necessity right now. I'm glad you are following your instincts on that. Love the old books. I collect them. And read them. The authors 100 years ago wrote so differently. Of course, the authors 2000 years ago wrote the best. God bless you.


{oc cottage} said...

Amen. "Me" time with really "we" time, don't ya think...and time well spent.

m ^..^

NanaDiana said...

Blessings with your "me" time, Anne! Why is it that I always feel so guilty taking ME time? I'm glad you are able to do it. If I DID take ME time...I would be reading! xo Diana

Jemsmom said...

You deserve all the me time that you want!! Enjoy!

Libbie said...

I am a little scared to get a kindle...then who would wash our clothes? Not me that's for sure! I can't kep books in the, pass on, read, pass on...or if I even see one...Annie will be wearing stinky uniform pants to school for sure...

But on girl...your so cute you'd probably even look good in dirty clothes if it comes to that! :)

trash talk said...

Whoever decided blogging should be an obligation should be taken outside and right clicked. In fact, how much more would we all get done if we would just turn our computers off one day a week? Oh the possibilities are endless.
P.S. In the soundtrack of my mind, I kept hearing "Seasons of Love".

Rebecca said...

I know the "Author" will guide you and give you the peace you are seeking. You are precious to Him.

Rebecca said...

I know the "Author" will guide you and give you the peace you are seeking. You are precious to Him.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

You have the right idea, Anne! Take care,
~Hugs, Patti

Anonymous said...

Love these photos, I have a "thing" for old books...take all the free time you need, life is too short to always be following a to do list! xo


Howdy fellow Texan! I'm following...


Jensamom23 said...

So very true, Anne. Enjoy whatever brings you happiness and peace.

time worn interiors said...

Slowing down, if only I could. Maybe soon! Enjoy!

mollydianeh said...

Good for you! Having no particular the BEST plan! Enjoy your reading.

We'll still be here...

Liz said...

Good for you Anne!
I've been reading too- Artful Blogging to be precise. Congratulations!! It was so exciting to see you featured in such a beautiful publication :)

Carole said...

Anne take as much time as you need. Life is too hectic and demanding to let blogging become a chore.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Thinking of you Anne!
Wishing you peace and joy...

Amish Stories said...

I was just passing through and thought id stop and say hello. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.

Lululiz said...

You got it right, girl, me time, reading, finding a little peace, thats exactly how it should be right now.
And I totally agree, blogging should never be an obligation, because then pleasure becomes a chore.

Katherines Corner said...

Sending wishes and prayers your way, look to the heavens and listen closely he whispers softly. Hugs and smooches

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

(I just lost my comments!)
I LOVE the new header...just gorgeous.
I hope you're enjoying some R&R...much deserved, I might add.
I miss our chats... :(
Hope to hear from you soon.
Hope you are well.
Lisa xo

Lynn said...

Good for you, Anne. After my husband passed away almost 7 years ago, I started reading Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman. My copy is dated 1925 and it is precious to me. It's got 365 days of beautiful, thought-provoking, encouraging, uplifting, challenging writings and I read it over and over, year after year. It has helped me make sense of all the things that seem impossible to understand. I loved your post today and will pray God's love song lifts your spirit and soothes your pain.
Lynn :)

Barbara Jean said...

Well put!!
So glad you are taking time for you, and seeking His peace and comfort though the word.

blessings and hugs

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's a wonderful way to spend your time! You have such an amazing collection of old books! ♥

Cape Cod Washashore said...

What a wonderful post!!! I left blogging after some years because to me it felt like an obligation and I was taking precious time away from my family. I just started blogging again recently, but now I feel as though it's on my own terms.

Your shelf of antique book inspires me... I have a similar shelf in our livingroom. (And the first book I open when I need "me" time is the Scriptures as well.) ;)

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