[Intermezzo] When Words Are in Short Supply

I have a cold and am exhausted. Still unpacking from the move. My studio remains a work in progress. Too many unopened boxes. Need a new (gargantuan) bookcase. Art is wrapped in Kraft paper.

My feet are cold (literally).

Tea helps.

Tea always helps.

(Does it for you?)

Decided to suck it up and add to today’s NaNoWriMo word count anyway.

108 good little soldiers. 

Better than nothing, right?

Until tomorrow, I have the laziest of intentions:

Sweet Repose by Victor Gilbert (circa 1880).

Happy dreams!

[Intermezzo] Rainy Days and New Duvets

It’s drizzling. Cool. A haze of rain. Grey. Nonstop. A wall of grey.

Haven’t stepped foot outside since the last sunset. Don’t plan on breaking this chain. Not today. Today my will is adamantine. Hard as a scimitar. Laziness, my chosen luxury. 

Furthermore…

Someone else brought a package in, retrieved the mail. All junk, anyway. Glad I didn’t waste those fifteen seconds. Time spent under a new duvet is precious, irretrievable. Pushing it off is forsaking a cloud in favor of the gutter.

Furthermore…

Tea doesn’t steep through telekinesis. Mugs aren’t self-sugaring. Spoons do not come with ‘automatic stirring’ buttons.

Furthermore…

Books exist to be read. Aged pages feel good when rubbed between fingers, the scent produced intoxicating.

It’s drizzling. Cool. A haze of rain. Grey. Nonstop. A wall of grey.

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Rain on the River by George Bellows (1908). Collection: Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Public Domain.

Shopping for the Bookworm: Snowbound Edition

Big snow is a-coming this weekend! Well, maybe. The meteorologists cannot decide whether we are in for 2.5″ or 23.5″…no joke! Regardless of the outcome, this wait-and-see situation has me dreaming of snuggling on the sofa with my beasties, a good book (or three), and a bottomless supply of warm beverages. With that in mind, I’ve curated a handful of cozy, bookish items for this Snowbound Edition of Shopping for the Bookworm. Enjoy!

Quick! A blizzard’s on the way, let’s gather some essential bluestocking supplies!

A fragrant, on-theme candle:

Antique Books Candle by Werther & Gray. $19.00.

Fingerless gloves:

Fingerless Gloves by Gasspedals. $33.15.

Loose leaf tea:

Victorian Earl Grey

and

Chai Spice with Assam

Tea by Mary Cassatt, 1880. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Decadent hot chocolate:

Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate

Stylish socks:

Where the Wild Things Are Socks at Out of Print Clothing. $10.00.

An enveloping infinity scarf:

Chunky Infinity Scarf by Picton Elizabeth. $30.00.

A soft, classic blanket:

Pendleton National Park Motor Robe in Badlands Olive. $99.50.

Eight timeless books:

The Outermost House by Henry Beston

The Mystery of Everett Ruess by W.L. Rusho

Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph Gies and Frances Gies

Ansel Adams: An Autobiography by Ansel Adams

My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Alfred Habegger

Lulu in Hollywood by Louise Brooks

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy

 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

And a few other ideas:

*Special treats for your furry friend(s)*

*Extra-thick moisturizer or lotion*

*Lip balm*

*A bottle of bubbly to shake up the hot drink monotony*

Advert for Debray Champagne by Pierre Bonnard, 1891.

*Homemade gingerbread cake* (I use the recipe from A Christmas Carol Cookbook)

What are your snowstorm essentials? Share them in the comment section!

“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall  can mean to a person.”–Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath