Maybe a year ago I saw this book by Mary Randolph Carter and was intrigued. It stood high up on a shelf, wrapped in cellophane and somewhat out of reach. It looked expensive and, at the time, I just made a mental note of it to save it for later.
Later became months and I had almost forgotten about it, when I stumbled recently upon it during one of many excursions to a bookstore nearby. This time I did not hesitate and grabbed it for myself at the holidays. This was such a delightful discovery and her other book, 'A Perfectly Kept House is a Sign for a Misspent Life' has grazed my side table for a little while longer! It has, in fact, become something like my regular go-to when I need a pick me up!
Of course this new one (which is actually the old one, no pun intended) should sit wrapped under the tree, but this year everything is a little different.
For once we haven't gotten a tree - yet! Will there be one?
I am not sure...
Secondly we are traveling and I am already making lists and checking them twice. We vowed this time to travel lightly!
Which, of course, gives me reason for plenty of anxiety. I have a hard time being selective! Packing is no exception!
Well, it's simply not in my nature. I collect things. And every once in a while I clean out and begin again. Now, I feel, I found a kindred spirit, for I love old things. Many of them!
Mary Randolph Carter has put it all in such fine words and images, I can recommend both books to keep you sane, especially if you are, once in a while, affected by that terrible decease Perfection. And for the fun of it!
Of course it's not for everyone, I guess this makes the world such a wonderful place.
Minimalists and modernists will perhaps crawl away in a bright, clean and well lit corner....But I am in the right spot!
So, these books together gave me lot's to think about and I'll keep this mindset for the journey ahead! I'll keep it simple and fun!
I will not fret over my children's wardrobe for the journey, will let my husband do his own choosing and will not nag when the days come, and we will go out to fine dining at Christmas and New Year's Eve on the road in California...
The question"What? You did not bring a second shirt?" shall not cross my lips!
I will just look serenely the other way! Being where we will be, there will be plenty beautiful to see...
We will be together, old is wonderful and I will cherish the things which lay ahead. Old and new!
What are your plans ahead?
All images via google image.