I am a proud fellow sniffer of books. I love them. I can’t get enough. I believe that you can judge a book by its cover… and its smell. Especially it’s smell. My personal library consists of everything from children’s books to Norton Anthologies of English Literature and Poetry. Yes, I have my favorites. Yes those favorites change all the time. I will say, however, that there is nothing like a good mystery and if Andrew McCall Smith stops writing his No. One Ladies Detective Agency series, I will be devastated. Advice: Audiobooks can be just as good as book books. They keep you company while you clean, and can also put you to sleep quite nicely; just make sure the narrator’s voice doesn’t make you angry.
Always have a collection of empty journals, pens, pencils, and manual sharpeners, in a satchel in case of a power outage. There will be letters to write, as well as Dear Diary entries, self-therapy sessions, and best-selling books that you will need to write. You may also find yourself on a deserted island, in which case you may also want a collection of wine and fuzzy slippers.
More advice: Should your mother ever tell you to pick up the violin or guitar, please listen to her. Decidedly, I chose the piano forte as my musical instrument of choice. Something you can’t tune easily, nor carry with you in a disaster. Though if you could, it would make a wonderful conversation piece and could easily carry quite a few belongings. Also they have wheels so you could ride on them. Or use them as a boat. I changed my mind. Piano is definitely the way to go.
It's perfectly alright to leave holiday decorations up well past season, but it could make your guests uncomfortable and confused. Should you decide this is the lifestyle for you, I would advise keeping extra satchels, wine, and fuzzy slippers for your guests as well.
Last bit of advise: I would advise that a person have more than one passion in life. Or maybe not because there’s not enough time, but then when you can’t do one or just aren’t in the mood you can indulge in another, so that’s a plus, so yes. Personally, to name of few of my hobbies and passions, of course there’s food (cooking and eating and everything that makes me better at the first for the six people I feed every day… I have eating down pat so I don’t need to be better at that… or do I), and there’s organizing (everything, which means having to clean which I don’t enjoy but comes with the territory so I’ve learned some shortcuts), and there’s designing indoor and outdoor spaces (for anyone who’ll let me), and finally there’s that wonderful instrument that is one of the the great loves of my life, but I can’t carry it around with me to parties… my piano.
From all of us here at Eye On Life Magazine: Happy reading, and happy writing!