How can it be Friday already? Where did this week go? I am lost in a world of historical fiction and have let the week slip by with my nose in a book! I am escaping the overwhelming desire to get really down about the circumstances of our daily lives by immersing myself in the pages of books! I don't think about replacing water damaged flooring or figuring out how to work our new t.v. when I'm in another time and place reading about settling Texas or fighting crime in 18th century England. I am not concerned about the leaky roof or the cost of getting our van's transmission replaced when I am reading about being lost in the garden or hiding from unsavory men. I cannot help but smile and sigh when I'm caught up in the story of redemption and love, of unlikely suitors or of love overcoming overwhelming odds to flourish, and my mind is totally relieved of the cares of tomorrow. More vein surgery? It's not even on my mind when my nose is in a book!
I know there are many who would never pick up the types of books I am currently indulging in simply because they are fiction, and that's just fine with me. If you look over my bookshelves, you will see my reading tastes are very well diversified, however right now I am not drawn to theology or how-to. My gardening books sit unopened. Sewing books are lined in neat order, but remain on the shelf. Classics and poetry are left in peace. Only my Bible is left open. For this season, inspirational fiction is the purest form of escape, and I am blessed to have so many good books to read!
The only draw back of all this reading is that our house was rather a shambles when Mrs. Helen came yesterday to help with the cleaning! Taking my nose out of the books long enough to get school done, or make meals isn't a problem, but somehow I overlooked the picking up! She whipped us into shape yesterday and all is well - except for the Dreamer's room, which rather looks like a toy factory exploded. We'll have to work on that. The rest of the house is clean, smells good and you can see most of the surfaces clearly! Even my kitchen counter is cleaned off and sparkling!
Lately, my creative abilities have been somewhat repressed by all of the unsettling circumstances of life that we have faced. The trouble with not regularly exercising my creative muscles is that I tend to loose my confidence in trying to accomplish something that makes my heart sing. Some of the books I am reading are spurring me on to some creative ideas in the area of sewing, and the description of a room in one of my reading escapes has given me some ideas for our rooms. Fuel for creativity can be found in the most unlikely places, I find! I am hoping that soon our lives will calm just enough to give me time to create once again, but in the mean time, I am so grateful that God has gifted so many to author books that take me away, encourage my heart, expand my ideas, and inspire my creativity.
So if you're looking for me, I'll be curled up with a hot cup of tea, a cozy throw, and a nice bit of fiction on my lap!