Thursday, September 3, 2009

" THINKING "

I'm thinking I'm exhausted lately! I know what you're all thinking, you should be! I really haven't done much lately and not because there is not a mile long list of things that REALLY need doing either. I just suddenly ran out of ZIP ! My energy has entered the G zone! GONE!
So I'm doing a lot of just sitting and thinking............


Thinking that the 2010 Farmer's Almanac is not so full of good news for some of us....
Look at this Winter Weather prediction will you......That's us between the L & D in the word cold! I like COOL not COLD !!!! I knew after the crazy Summer weather we've had, something was up!


I'm thinking too this new issue of Oxford Magazine I got yesterday is the best one yet!
All about Southern Literature and Southern Writers! A great article about the "muse " by Alabama Author Rick Bragg! A great article by Graham Hillard on why Faulkner is taught in classrooms! Also a Southern Literature Poll of the 10 best Southern Novels and 5 best Southern Non-fiction books of all time compiled by 134 Scholars and writers. There is also a list of 30 under- rated Southern Books. I was shocked at how many of these books I own! :)



Reading this got me to thinking about great books I've read and would like to re-read this fall.
I have read all three of these books twice. My first set of these burned in my house fire. I replaced them and read them again about 10 years ago. In 1954 Helen Hoover and her husband bought a lake shore cabin for a get-a-way place in the wild north woods of Minnesota. They ended up moving there full time. She wrote, he illustrated. These are wonderful books and I'm ready to read them once more!


This Louise Dickinson Rich book is also a fabulous read about living in the wild! I'm going to read it again also. Sometimes I'm just in the mood to go back to an old favorite, do you ever do this?





I'm also thinking that my exhaustion might be alleviated by a week stay in this wonderful Smoky Mountain Cabin.................sitting on that porch reading the above books!





And.....taking in this view! I'm not sure I can wait till November though! I'm TOO homesick for the mountains!!!!!!! :)






Have a great day !!!!! :)






40 comments:

Dirt Princess said...

I love your thoughts! I am exhausted too....but I think its just stress

Becca's Dirt said...

I get like that too Carol. Sometimes it's good to enjoy a great view and sit and think about life and how to make it better and enjoyable. And of course the good book you can through yourself into. Enjoy. And the character is too funny.

Stone Bridge Farm said...

Carol,
I don't EVEN want to hear about your "cold" weather!!!!! LOL,I live in SE Ohio...I got "cold and snowy"!!!!Snow is pretty, but I HATE to drive in it. Acttually,as long as we don't have another ice storm...we'll be just fine.

Have a Blessed Day!

Pat in east TN said...

Yikes, according to that map we're 'cold and snowy' ... something I was not too thrilled to see. Oh well, what's a person to do ... grin and bear it and bundle up with a snow shovel nearby.

steviewren said...

A trip to the mountains sounds like a perfect antidote to your tiredness to me. I'm off to the beach next week with 3 girlfriends.

Missy said...

I think a whole week in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains is what we ALL need! I am exhausted as well...running between home and work, the nursing home to see my mom, errands, cooking dinner. Calgon, take me away. I would love to curl up with a good book and read without hearing a TV, phone, or any other disturbance and have a cup of hot tea by my side, maybe some cookies....or chocolate...or some salt and vinegar potato chips..... :)

crochet lady said...

I'm tired from getting up early with the boys,helping them get ready for school. Gosh, after they got on the bus this morning I snoozed in the chair for an hour and a half!
Hope you enjoy your time away coming up.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Carol,
I know what you mean about thinking too much about things and getting exhausted. We all need a break from everyday life. I sure hope you have a great vacation in your Smoky Mtn. cabin and enjoy reading your books. The 2010 Farmer's Almanac predicting a cold winter sounds bad. I hope it's wrong. Have a great, restful weekend.

Mountain Woman said...

You sure are thinking :-)

Seriously, I know it's going to be a cold winter. The robins left so early this year and the squirrels started storing nuts in June so I can only imagine even though it's 80 again today.

As to Southern literature, I sure learned a lot today and found out about some books I'm absolutely going to have to read.

And reading those books on the front porch of a cabin in the mountains sure sounds great!

lakeviewer said...

Oh, Carol, you are in need of a break. Thanks for the list of books.

Bill S. said...

I love Helen Hoover books and have those three in my library. The F-A prediction for my area is drier and warmer that the last two winters. Not good.

merrilymarylee said...

So many treasures you've given us in one post! (Except for the Almanac news, I mean.)

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I, on the other hand, was delighted to see the map. We have been having a 3 yr drought here in Southern California, and of course we've been having all these wildfires, (our house was evacuated for 2 1/2 days, so it's good news that rain will come this winter. Yay.

I know exactly how you feel. I envy you your time up at that cabin. How relaxing with a capital R.

Renie Burghardt said...

Carol,

I loved all the old books, Helen Hoover, Louise Dickinson Rich, Scot and Helen Nearing, the Woodswoman books and many others. In fact, those books inspired me to move to my 100 acre woods in the Ozarks 26 years ago, and I have never been sorry. But these days, I just live to enjoy life! I am so blessed.

I sure hope the Farmers Almanac is wrong about winter! I don't want a repeat of last winter! But at least I have a generator now.

Loved your post. Forget the list of things for a while, and just relax and enjoy!

Hugs,

Renie xox

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I guess it's catching, Carol... I'm exhausted also today. I went round and round with our phone company --where we have our high speed internet. GRRRRR... That's enough to wear one out!!!!

Looks like TN will have a cold winter--but I was hoping for more snow in our area.

Whenever you go to the Smokies, you'll love it...

Hope you have a nice weekend. I intend to also!
Hugs,
Betsy

Arkansas Patti said...

If you aren't in a bubble does that mean same ole-same ole weather? I was hoping for snow.
Think your tiredness is seasonal. It hits me this year every time and after I eliminate terrible illnesses, I realize, "Hay I felt this way last year at this time."
Head for the mountains anyway. Can't hurt.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Could be something in the air...
I've never felt so tired.
Last week in went for a physical, I told the doc, I do believe I could sleep for a year, kind of wanting to hibernate for the winter.
I wish you a wonderful, relaxing time in the mountains, sitting on that front porch with nothing to do but read, and drink tea ;)

Robin's New Song said...

Ahh, you've drawn me to a country porch with one of those sweet old books (and my bible and some good coffee or tea). I'm with you, being so tired lately. Hormones? Season? Sometimes a time of rest is just necessary :)
Love the farmers almanac. I better prepare for more cold, but I hope it's accurate with less snow than we had last year. YIKES! 8 foot drifts got very old in February

KB said...

Thanks for the suggestions for books about living in the wild - they're always my faves.

Cold, where you are? I don't think so...

I hope that exhaustion goes away!

Carolyn said...

I'm in cold and snowy!!! I need a new pair of snow boots.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I don't think sitting around and thinking are a bad thing. Especially when you have something good to read.

I'm with you on the cold vs. cool weather. Thanks for the tip on the books.

Eleanor said...

Thinking that I like all your thinking! Thinking that I hope you are soon energised again. Thinking I must read the books you recommend. Thinking that it feels strange to think of winter on the way while spring bursts out around me. Thinking that You are special!

NitWit1 said...

Our bodies sometimes tell us when we need refueling. If it only lasts a few days, we usually come out of it revigorated.

Happy reading and the mountain cabin looks like a great idea.

Our recent short nearby location recharged my batteries. But I am ready to do it again.... <:~)>

Nezzy said...

Don't ya just hate it when the zippity is out of your do-da? This Ozarks farm chick just wanted to say that I enjoyed my jaunt through your blog. Job well done! Have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

Gaston Studio said...

Got to get a copy of that magazine! I'm really hoping NC will get more snow than we usually do, which is in small amounts, or none at all. Love it when it's not an everyday occurrence.

Missy said...

Hi Carol!

I have an award for you! You may pick it up here:

http://missysbooknook.blogspot.com/2009/09/why-friends-are-like-books-award.html

Rachel said...

Yes, take your books and head for the mountains... it's balm for the weary soul!

Jayme said...

Hope you find your mojo again soon! I've been down and out for a week with the flu/cold and now pink eye in both eyes! I guess I'm forced to relax right now. I sure hope to find time to read some of your book suggestions! Sounds lovely.

Enjoy your day!

Angie Muresan said...

Relaxing in a mountain cabin sounds lovely. Spoil yourself and prepare for the coming winter with its cold. Let's just hope The Farmer's Almanac is wrong!

Nezzy said...

Thanks for dropping in. I appreciate the visit and in the words of Granny Clampett, "ya'll come back now, ya' hear!" Have a relaxing weekend.

Vicki Lane said...

Love the new header! And hope your get-up-and-go returns soon.

margarethall said...

I am hoping that whatever you choose to do is relaxing and wonderful...be it a cabin or just a good book and a cup of tea~! Please enjoy your weekend....

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

The Helen Hoover books sound like something I would really enjoy. I've been curled up today reading a history of 'Josephine'. I do enjoy re-reading old favorites. Wuthering Heights is one. I read it every February. Just seems like a Feb. kind of book to me.
I've never read the Farmer's Almanac but now you have me intrigued. I know if I pick up a copy I will become obsessed - even though I only have a couple of potted plants!
Catherine

Mary said...

Meant to tell you that when I first saw the picture of the book about living in the wild, I thought, because of the color of the book, I was looking at your arm. Truly, I thought that was a most unusual tattoo! My brain must have a short in it today! LOL!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I've been expecting a really cold winter for a couple of years; it's long overdue! The first year we lived here, in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of southwest VA, it snowed and then drifted so deeply the fence posts were covered. I had to take two steps, fall down, break the snow, get up and do it all over again...all the way to the barn. What fun and what great memories!

Janet, said...

Yes, like others, I notice we are in the cold and snowy section, too. Oh well, I remember one year we had a huge snow, the kids loved it, no school, of course, and they built an igloo in the front yard and tunnels!

Debra said...

Hey there Carol, I have enjoyed visiting your blog! I found you by Katherinellen's blog. I have enjoyed finding local bloggers (I am from Laurel) and am looking forward to attending the Mississippi Magnolia Belles lunch!

I too am very passionate about books and reading, although I tend to stick with biographies and non-fiction. I've been thinking of getting into some fiction and will check out some of the books you mention here on your blog.

I look forward to meeting you at the luncheon.

Grace & Peace To You,
Debra

Reader Wil said...

Hi Carol! You are such a good friend! Always the first to comment! Thank you! I have comment writers' block. I keep saying the same things over and over again. Nevertheless I admire you to come up with a new entry about writers every time. My favourite books are those of Chaim Potok, but also those of Daphne Du Maurier, which is quite different. I like to read them again.

boots said...

love the reading on the porch idea! headed to the mountains in mid sept. for our 31st wedding anniversary!

lazy or exhausted? like the cool of sept but not the dark cold, often raining days in Nov-Jan (need to stay at the beach that long!)

Traci said...

I am going throught the same exhausted phase....I get some 15 minute spurts....then I just want to sit...and if I sit, I want to sleep...arrgggh.

Ok, the map I saw showed us as getting cold and wet...which in our case, means more ice. They showed it on the news....are there different FA maps? We do NOT, I repeat, do NOT need ice again!!!