Taking time to read and relax

Thanks to the rain, I had a quiet evening and had time to just sit.  I curled up with a couple of books I needed to finish and a tall, very tall glass of cold lemonade.  I don’t usually post much on what I read.  But I thought today I would do just that as one of the books was actually terrific.

As a child there were foods or chores I really didn’t enjoy. I would finish them off quickly so I could savor what I did enjoy.  So I’m going to do that as well with the books I  finished.

I had gone to the library earlier this week and noticed a whole section of books that covered reusing items rather than tossing them.  I picked up a few and found I could go through them pretty quickly as there wasn’t much I liked about any of them.

  1. The Salvage Sister’s Guide to finding style in the street and inspiration in the attic     Other than one project I didn’t care for anything in the book.  It wasn’t to my taste.  I was put off by a photo on page 13 which showed one sister and her husband carrying dresser drawers home.  The father had one drawer in one hand and another on his arm with their young child sitting in the drawer.  All I could think was one wrong move by that young child and he’s going to land head first on the concrete. I’m sure it was staged, but it felt wrong to me.
  2. Upcycling by Danny Seo I was majorly disappointed in this book.  Most projects were downright tacky in my opinion. I wouldn’t have them in my house.  A few were completely puzzling to me.  In one a plastic bottle was filled with concrete, then when dry cutting away the plastic bottle and tossing it to have a lifetime reminder of a bottle.  No this isn’t a vase, it’s a sold piece of concrete to sit around and look at.  There were a couple of cute things, but even those projects I would have to go buy or find the supplies.
  3. On the Danny Seo theme Simply Green Giving  I  have been greening up my gift giving as of late so this seemed like something I would enjoy glancing through for a few ideas.  My favorite project was using grass or leaves to stamp a gift recipient’s name on for a gift tag.   The majority of the book was filled with ways to wrap a gift.  Using old VHS tape as ribbon and newspaper as wrapping paper. This was better than Upcycling, but not by much.
  4. Then there was Food a love story by Maureen Whitehouse This was different from what I expected, it only took me 2.5 weeks to finally finish (oh the days when I read at least three books per week)  I did find this interesting, although nothing I hadn’t heard before in other ways.  This is a book about finding your way through overeating.  It’s  30 day progress through your psyche, to learn what triggers you to overeat.  The best part of the book were the quotes she used throughout.   She used quotes from a Course in Miracles as if the two books were intertwined and her beliefs were based on what she learned from it.
  5. The next book was Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding true abundance in Simplicity, sharing, and saving by Lorilee Craker  Okay so the title got me.  I can’t say I learned much new here but that’s because I live simply and because I have lived around both the Amish and Mennonite people for more than 20 years.  For someone new to simplicity and learning to make do with things rather than buy everything new, this could be a great book.  My biggest complaint was that much of this book read like a blog post with links alongside the quotes and comment sections throughout
  6. Finally!! One I enjoyed.  Soul Space: transform your home, transform your life by Xorin Balbes   To quote the cover, “Creating a home that is free of clutter, full of beauty, and inspired by you” and the book really did deliver.   When it comes to deciding what to keep in your home here is Xorin’s checklist:
  • If you do not absolutely love it, release it
  • If it does not make you feel amazing, get rid of it
  • if it is beautiful but it makes you feel lousy, let it go.
  • If it is broken and beyond repair, toss it
  • If it is expensive and carries negative emotional weight, sell it
  • If it is in good condition and no longer feels like yours, donate it

I like the idea of thinking of my home as the space where my soul feels comfortable.  The only complaint I have is that there are zero pictures of these fabulous transformations he talks about throughout the book.

When it comes to designing smaller spaces and wanting to see a lot of unique pictures the best I’ve read is definitely Inlaws, outlaws, and Granny Flats by Michael W. Litchfield If  you want to check out some of the amazing spaces you can go to his website here.

Now on to some fiction.  The next book on my stand to read is Dean Koontz’ 77 Shadow street

Do you need something good to read, one of my favorite blogs about reading is Read More Books. What are you reading?  How have you made time for reading?



  1. I love a good book recommendation! Thank you!!! I am currently reading “Roadmap Through Revelation” by Rick Schworer and a book by his wife, Melissa Shworer called “Faith and Finance”. Just started them so no review yet…


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