"I'd have a stable full of Arabian steeds, rooms piled with books, and I'd write out of a magic inkstand, so that my works should be as famous as Laurie's music. I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle - something heroic or wonderful - that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all, some day. I think I shall write books, and get rich and famous; that would suit me, so that is my favorite dream." - Jo
This month's Pickwick Ladies Book Club read was Little Women, Mel's perfectly wintery pick. I had some trouble taking pictures for this one, because as you may have noticed, we had a big storm, and got 3 feet of snow! If you compare these pictures to the last ones I took in my backyard, you'll notice the difference. The snow was over my waist and I had to stomp it down so I could stand on top of it (a little bit...I'm still almost up to my knees!) to take these pictures. The lady from next door was peeking out of her curtains at me the whole time, I imagine it was quite a sight seeing me in my maxi skirt and cape tromping around in the freezing weather. Oh the things I do for this blog!
The storms have been a little scary lately. A girl who works at my ski resort went snowboarding at Alpine Meadows and got lost in the backcountry. She got stuck in a tree well and died during the storms because they weren't able to send any search and rescue teams or helicopters to her because the weather was so bad. I am so sorry for her family and friends and hope that they experience so much support during this time. It was such a terrible thing to happen and has really worried and saddened the Tahoe community. The outpouring of support was absolutely incredible. Many people volunteered their skills to help find her, and I hope that that gives her family some comfort. Sorry to be talking about something so sad on this New Years Eve, but it has been preying on my mind lately and I think she deserves to be thought of by all of us who live in this area.
I think this is just the thing Little Women's Jo would be doing in this weather; escaping outdoors in some warm clothes to find a quiet place to write. It was nice re-reading this book again, as I haven't thought about it in forever. I loved the movie when I was younger and had such a crush on Christian Bale, who played Laurie. The book is even more wonderful than the movie and is definitely a worthwhile read.
If any of you managed to take some Little Women inspired pictures please post a link in the comments and I will make sure that your pictures get up on our facebook page.
Next month's book club pick is Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy. I would love to have lots of you join us in reading it!
I hope you all have a happy and safe New Years!