Gosh, the first of December! Where on earth has the year gone. No really, I mean it. Where did the rest of the year go.......
I haven't had the chocolate out of my advent calendar yet, as I am waiting for Hubby to get home then we will have ours together. A silly little tradition, but one we like nonetheless. Actually, I have a secret. I have another advent calendar too, but I will take turns for the days on that one. I don't want Father Christmas to take me off the nice list at this late stage.
So, the first day of the month is nearly done, one calendar changed and when I go into the kitchen shortly I will change the other one. Things are getting crossed off my lists and plans are afoot. All swappy parcels and cards were sent today - I hope that I didn't forget anyone! - and stamps bought for the other cards.
I have also finished the first of my Christmas Reads. A Gingerbread Café Christmas by Rebecca Raisin. What can I say. Light, fluffy and sweet. Just like any good cake, or gingerbread, should be. It was a perfect holiday read.
The story centres around Lil who runs the Gingerbread Café. When Damon arrives in town it looks as though things might get sticky, but soon all is wonderful. Romance ensues and everyone ends up happily ever after. If you are in the mood for an easy and quick read, pick it up, but I wouldn't make a special effort to seek it out.
The best part is the description of all the wonderful cakes and chocolates and other food they make in the café. It is a good thing that there isn't a café like it where I live is all I can say - I would be there a lot!! This one is now off to the charity shop for someone else to enjoy.
On to the next book! Six more to go before Christmas. Do you think that I will finish....
While we were away I also finished Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Armin. I have been listening to this for some time, so it has been rather disjoined - my problem not the books. The descriptions of the garden were really enjoyable, the trials of getting different plants, encouraging them to grow, difficulties in finding help in the garden, I found all of these enjoyable. Some of the other parts, well, not so much. I think that was more down to the way that I was "reading" the book though. This is on my Kindle so I might give it another go sometime.
That means that I have now finished 15 books this year - so far! - which is a much higher number than in recent years. Of course if I finish the other six that will make 21 which will be a very good haul for me. Next year I am giving up my monthly mantel changes to just change it occasionally, so I hope that I have even more time for reading. Perhaps I will meet the 21 this year and get to even more next year!
Hope you have had a good first day of December!