When life gets stressful, as it has been for me lately, I need to be more conscious of what I do in the evenings to wind down before bed.
I shared some of my evening routine with you in this post.
One of the most important things for me is to step away from my electronic devices about an hour before I close my eyes. That includes my iPhone, iPad, laptop, and TV.
I need quiet. I need peace.
Which means I'm spending a lot of evenings reading in the quiet of my room.
I love that peaceful time of night, when the day is done and I can crawl into my soft, cool bed and settle in with a good book.
I've been working my way through The Best of Stillmeadow, A Treasury of Country Living, by Gladys Taber, and I absolutely love this book!
This is one of the most relaxing books I've read in a long, long time! It basically goes month by month through the author's life in her country home in Connecticut. Her writing is so lyrical, it lulls me into such a sense of peace and contentment. I forget where I am for a while....I feel like I am right there with Gladys, Jill, and all the Cockers, at Stillmeadow Farmhouse.
It makes me sad to know that I am starting on the month of October and therefore only have three chapters left to read of this book. However, I know there are many more Gladys Taber books out there.....and I plan to read them all, if I can!
I'm so glad I bought this book when I did, because now I don't see it online for less than $50+. If you find it somewhere in a used bookstore for a decent price, snatch it up quickly - run, don't walk, to the cash register!
If you love nature and dogs, this is the book to read. It is a compilation of true stories of Gladys and her friend Jill who live in New York City. They buy a farm and share it between their families as a holiday house. Children grow up, husbands pass away, and they go to live at the farm full time together. This book makes you feel like you are visiting with them during a winter blizzard in their old New England home. Gladys paints Stillmeadow Farm with her words in such a way that you feel like you live there with the......(description ends right here.....not sure why!)
The next book on my stack is one that just came in the mail yesterday - Cabin at Singing River: One Woman's Story of Building a Home in the Wilderness by Chris Czajkowski.
I have just recently encountered the author, Chris's blog - Wilderness Dweller - through a brand new blogger's page - Simply Single Senior. I had never heard of Chris's blog prior to that, but clicked through and was absolutely entranced by her lifestyle!
Chris is living remotely in Canada, off the grid, in a cabin she built herself....the third cabin she's built in the wilderness of Canada in the last 30 years. You can read about her life here on her page.
She's written quite a few books about her experiences through the years, so it was tough to pick just one to start with. However, this particular book completely piqued my interest, so I placed the order. I'm excited to start reading about her adventures!
Chris Czajkowski came to Canada’s attention in the mid-1980s when she began writing to CBC Radio's Morningside about a particularly unusual adventure: in her late thirties, she headed into the pristine wilderness of British Columbia’s Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. There, she single-handedly cleared the land and — despite a total lack of experience in construction — built her own house.
More than simply a lyrical celebration of the natural world, Cabin at Singing River is a story of courage, perseverance and imagination. From the moment Chris sets her inexperienced foot into an unsteady canoe until the triumphant day she stands back to survey the log house she has built, we are irresistibly drawn into her remarkable journey toward independence.
Next on the stack is another book that arrived this week - A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg.