And what a voyage it has taken me on.
Now, at the start of May, and in a completely different lifestyle and land than the one I began reading this book in, I have finally finished it.
I have to have a book with me at all times. I am one of these people who truly love the process of reading and the mind it calls you into, and being without a book for me can promote the same kind of anxiety that being without a cellphone causes for many.
So, I had to get my next book going, but there was no way I could hop right into another tale. Nothing would compare.
Non-fiction it is then!
I subscribe to Paul Jarvis' Sunday newsletters, so I had had his new book, Company of One, on my radar for a while. Now, as I start to think about the future of my business and the direction I want it to go, I believe this book will help some of my ideas evolve from the embryonic stage.
Another fun note that I hadn't realized before somehow is that the author, Paul Jarvis, lives over on Vancouver Island, just over there, which I can see on a clear day from my humble home here on the American side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
I finished a pillow for a friend and shipped it off to her last week with some sea glass from the beach. I had never made a pillow before, and I didn't start off with a pillow in mind on this project, I just started embroidering some words on a lovely green folky floral piece of fabric. Alas, it turned into a pillow and as I finished the project, I realized I really have no idea how to neatly close a pillow. Hmm, suppose I'll need to make another pillow soon to try again! Fortunately, she loved the wonkiness of it.
The quote is a Tasha Tudor quote: "The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. Take joy!" and my friend is the true and consistent embodiment of this.
Here are a few images of the birds I get to watch from the window - eagles and blue herons and all manner of Corvidae provide entertainment throughout the day while I sit here peck peck pecking away at this laptop.