…we managed not to fall on the ice.
If you know me well, you know two facts: (1) I sprinkle literary allusions into most conversations, and (2) I love being outside. Thus, a quick jaunt around Walden Pond seemed like an ideal way to spend the morning.
When we arrived at the park, someone warned us that the trail on the south side of the lake was covered in ice. Yet, falsely believing that we are seasoned winter hikers (or maybe just desiring to prove that southerners can handle ice), we chose to wander Henry David Thoreau’s old stomping ground.
Truly, the walk was perfect…until we reached the south side of the lake where, as predicted, a thick layer of slippery ice covered the hilly path. We charged (…er, I mean, shuffled) ahead, and I am proud to say that we arrived back at the north side without falling.
Despite the ice, we Thoreau-ly (thoroughly) enjoyed the beauty of Walden Pond.
P.S. We also stopped by the North Bridge while we were in Concord. Here are some bonus pictures:
In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!
1. One of the best stories that I read for my British and American short fiction class was “An Appointment with Love.” My classmates engaged in a friendly debate about whether this story was realistic. If you have an opinion, please share.
2. I finished the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series this month (I started the series in June), and I cannot overstate how much I love these books. I convinced the children’s literature professor at my alma mater to give the books a chance, and she read two of them within a week. If you find even the slightest enjoyment in reading children’s literature, you have to read this series.
3. Do you remember Stephanie Meyer? Yes, I mean the same Stephanie Meyer that started the nationwide obsession with vampires in 2008. This month, I discovered a book that she published in 2016 titled The Chemist, and it is so good! No vampires or werewolves are involved.
4. I usually only share 3 stories/books, but here is a bonus treasure: Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.
As I said in July, I am still making steady progress on my reading from the 100 Books Bucket List, but nothing is worth recommending. Honestly, I wonder how some of these books made the list.
It’s providential that I came to a personal crossroads at the same time that I am studying Robert Frost for grad school. “The Road Not Taken” has a new meaning when you are the person choosing between “the first” road and “the one less traveled by.”
Raise your hand if you love to read.
Then you should celebrate World Book Day next Tuesday!
While the obvious way to celebrate World Book Day is to read a book, I do have another option for my more artistic friends.
I have 365 photo prompts, and I have used 31 of them. How long will I stick with this project? Your guess is as good as mine.
January 1. Breakfast
January 2. Inside
January 3. A pile of…
January 4. Pink
January 5. Heart
January 6. Afternoon
January 7. Everyday
January 8. Collection
January 9. Joy
January 10. Sentimental
January 11. Repetition
January 12. Triangle
January 13. Trees
January 14. Art
January 15. Self-portrait
January 16. Unfinished
January 17. Through the Window
January 18. Bible Verse
January 19. Rain
January 20. Texture
January 21. Shopping
January 22. Stairs
January 23. Books
January 24. Opposites
January 25. Empty
January 26. Look Up
January 28. Car
January 27. Ice Cream
January 29. Worm’s Eye View
January 30. Cold
January 31. Work
Simple Joy Saturday will look a little different in 2019. Instead of posting 3 “simple joys” every Saturday, I am going to post a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. My hope is that the content of these posts will be more substantial and that I will post more consistently.
- The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Cristie
My mom bought me a “100 Books Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster” for Christmas. Since then, I have been listening to audiobooks like my life depended on it, and I have only listened to two books that were not on the poster: The Year of Less by Cait Flanders and Shouldn’t You Be in School by Lemony Snicket. In my opinion, those two books should have made the list, and a few other books should be removed from the poster.