I am a bad, bad blogger, especially when I am sick. From about the first week of December to nearly the end of February… I was sick. Thankfully, I think I’m finally past it all and getting back to a more normal routine. But in retrospect, I don’t think that I have coughed more in my entire life. It makes me quite thankful for the times that I am not sick, which is most of the time.
Fortunately, my illness was not too bad while we went on our cruise in mid-December. It was such a great time, and I would go again in a heartbeat. I’m actually hoping we can possibly do this again next year as well. It was a nice break during the hectic Christmas season, but I will admit that I had to hit the ground running once we got home. It was a bit unusual to not have any real gifts to open on Christmas morning, but trading that for an entire week of vacation at sea and on land in Florida was a good deal for us. I will post more about our trip here soon, as I got a few really great pictures while we were gone.
Our Christmas was very laid-back this year, which was actually pretty nice. I cooked way too much, too. I won’t be making that mistake to that extent in future years. I will try to remember that I said that, too. 😉 We had too many calories laying around this house for too long!
Spring is once again springing forth in our neck of the woods, and while I wish we could have had more rain/snow this winter, I’m actually hoping for a nice mild Spring season this year, keeping the hot temperatures of summer away for a while. Our winter was pretty bi-polar this year, as we either had very mild temperatures or record-setting cold ones. We had two cold spells that were just bitter cold, with chill factors around -15 to -20 overnight. While we did not suffer any frozen pipes, others around town and the area were not so fortunate.
I miss our bird bath in the backyard, and we should be able to retrieve it from storage in a few days since our overnight freezing temperatures are starting to subside. I miss my birds and taking pictures of them, and I suspect our “regulars” are missing their watering hole now as well. In fact, I have hardly taken any pictures since our trip and Christmas, which is very unusual for me. That’s how bad I have felt. Needless to say, my “photo a day” project has not taken shape, so I will just look to revisit that another time when I feel so inspired again.
My husband surprised me on Valentine’s Day with an unexpected gift… a Nook of my very own! I gave him one for his birthday last fall, and he liked it even more than I thought he would. He started reading every day, just as I had started reading more with the free Nook and Kindle apps on my own laptop. But, I think he picked up on the fact that I was wishing I had my own Nook, even though I really did not talk to him about it. I have truly enjoyed learning to use it to its potential, including learning how to download and read e-books from our local library for free. So, I blame my new Nook in part for my lack of photography adventures for the past few weeks.
It’s just been so nice to just relax at home (or at the library or at my local Barnes and Noble store) and just read a good book. It is noteworthy that Nook owners can read select books for free on the B&N in-store Wifi for free for an hour each day… and it really does work. We own the non-color Nooks… the original version, and honestly, I think I like it better than I would like the back-lit color version. I can literally read for hours on my Nook with the e-ink, and my eyes never tire. I’m not sure that would be the case with the back-lit Nook. The battery life is much better on our version, too, due to the difference in the technologies, and I really like the fact that I do not have to charge my Nook for about a week, even reading it every day. I’m pretty sure that we are both now “hooked” on reading books electronically now, and I can’t see either of us opting to buy a traditional book if we can find it electronically now. If I do have to buy a paper book for some reason, I now plan to donate it to my local library or a retirement community when I am done.
Japan Earthquake / Tsunami:
Finally, my heart truly goes out to everyone in Japan that is suffering after the historic and tragic earthquake and tsunami last Friday. I was actually up late reading that night and checked the news updates before I went to bed. The earthquake had just occurred about twenty minutes earlier, so I turned on the TV news and watched it all unfold throughout the night. We know a young woman that is teaching in Sendai, and I found myself praying for her and everyone affected off and on throughout the night. She is fine, for now… prayers continuing for everyone in Japan and their families, wherever they are.