Blustery Days

We have been having some insane weather again here in Portland;
seriously crazy winds and oh the rain!
When you hear there’s a tornado only 80 miles away,
you know these are bona fide Blustery days!
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My solution of course is to hunker down with a nice cup of coffee,
and you guessed it, curl up with a good book.download
There is a beauty to the sights and sound of rain, and a
magic that is there if we wait for it.PWHydrolRainfall

Allow yourself to really hear the howling winds, and whooshing leaves.
We are surrounded by strong powerful forces.281624235_7529784383_z-editedTake your own sweeping breath of strength, and embrace it.

Sure it can be dangerous and it can make you sad and soggy. But now, what better excuse for a hot cup of your favorite steamy drink, and a cozy sweater or blanket to melt the brittleness away.
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The beauty is in the opportunity to appreciate our conveniences,
and to embrace an opportunity to slow down.Piglet-Blustery-Day.gifSo take a moment, stop and smell the sweet dewy breeze
(or gusts if you are anywhere near pdx.)
If you can take the time to read or write
(or meditate in the way that suits you,)00d19f0fdbc9d711061194d882230dd4I think you would be glad you did.
For those without that ability, just take a moment to stop,
reflect for a moment, and breath in the day.Rainy-days-quote-image-hd
And treat yourself to something hot, be it cocoa, tea, or coffee!alphabetcity
I’m reading “The Wisdom of The Shire”
on these blustery days.
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What are your favorite rainy day reads?

rainy day quote by maya angelou

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WISO: “Midnight in The Garden…”

It’s the middle of the week again, and another blustery day in the N.W. The perfect Winds~day for my next ‘What I’m Sipping On.’ The title of this book alone is enough to make you want to read it.

I am reading “Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil
(Click picture &/or title for more info.)

So far this book is extremely interesting and intriguing. It takes place in quaint little southern city of Savannah. A place thick with the feeling and personalities of the old south. I was a bit worried that it would not hold my interest, considering I saw the movie first, but it has yet to be a problem. Not only is the set up for the story line much different then the movie, but there are enough little extra quirks in the book to keep you angling for more.
It’s definitely an oddball book, one where you don’t quite know what is happening or where the books is going, but that is part of what makes it good. The most interesting thing about this reading experience, is that about 1/3 of the way through it, I discovered that it is a non-fiction book. Not only was I surprised due to the overall subtle-ness of the fact, but also because the story is so bizarre! John Berendt shows himself to be quite an impressive writer by this little fact alone.
I am only about half way through, but I am really enjoying the book. I love the quirky off the wall quality that it has. I like how easy going it is to read. I find myself interested enough that I look forward to reading it, but I don’t have this craze all the time to finish it. It’s just pleasant to pick up and read a chapter here and there. I can see why it is so revered, I just hope the second half doesn’t disappoint.

Have any of you read this book, or seen
the movie, or both?

What were your thoughts? (no spoilers please!)
I  will of course update this post when I’ve finished it. 🙂