Looking at the bookshelves in my library always makes me smile – not just because they’re crammed full with books I love, but also because they hold so many little things I got from friends over the years. Just look at the picture from my last post: the cat sitting between the blue M&B Modern Romance novels was a present from my parents; Julie, one of my Ladies-of-Lallybroch friends gave me the little candle holder with the blue cat and the itty-bitty moon; on the next shelf you see one of Rosemary Laurey’s famous vampire teddy bears (hehe); the cat which sits in front of Teresa Medeiros’s books was a present from, well, Teresa; and the Totoro I got from a reader, Dorie.
I loved that my library is not just filled up with books, but also with love and memories. It is almost as if a little part of my friends is always here with me. And so when I sat down to have a cup of *cough* Christmas *cough* tea this afternoon (aka to flee from the dragons), I deliberately chose the tea bowl you see in the picture below.
It was a Christmas present from my very good friend Petra, whom I’ve known for … hm … sixteen years now. She was part of our legendary biking tour of ’95 through rain, wind, hail and snow in Bavaria. We spent a week being mostly wet and miserable, and right smack in the middle of it all, I got my period. Hooray!
Mind you, that was before the days of “Dolormin für Frauen,” the wonder-pill which enables me to get through the first two days of my period feeling like a normal human being. Without “Dolormin für Frauen” I’m just a miserable heap of pain and cramps.
Now imagine you’re a miserable heap of pain and cramps and you have to ride a bike through wind and rain. Uh-oh. Multiplied misery.
The upside of it was that everybody was really, really sweet to me. (I like it when people are sweet to me!) 🙂