Wednesday, 26 September 2012

10 comforts to transform a miserable day

When the wind is raging and the rain is lashing outside, your throat is like barbed wire and you've drunk enough lemsip to turn your insides yellow, it's a good time to reflect on lovely things that improve the day:

1. A good book: I've just finished the Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss and as a consequence have spent the last two days immersed in a rain lashed Irish island chasing selkies and sipping whisky without ever moving from my sofa.  Wonderful.  Now on to a long overdue read of the incomparable Diane Reed's Twixt.   Loving it already.

2. A sofa blanket:  A sofa without a blanket is like a cat without fur.  Just. Not. Right.  Voluminous, warm and soft as silk, ready to be snuggled into with the aforementioned book.

3. A hot water bottle:  Even the smell of a hot water bottle makes my toes curl with pleasure.  When your feet are blocks of ice, nothing is nicer than tucking them inside a fluffy hot water bottle cover.

Credit: Jenny_Belly

4. Tea:  Not just any kind of tea, Earl Grey tea.  The tea of kings.  Well, okay the tea of earls.  Fragrant, hot and invigorating.

5. Crumpets:  There is no wintery snack better than a hot buttered crumpet, preferably with a smidgen of marmite.

Credit: Theodore Scott

6. Soup:  Spiced pumpkin, roasted butternut squash or plain old Heinz tomato, nothing comforts Autumn stomachs better than hot soup (preferably with warm buttery bread).

7. Very dark chocolate:  When I say dark, I mean dark.  85% cocoa dark.  Nibbled with your Earl Grey tea or wrapped around a gingernut biscuit, very dark chocolate is mood transforming.

8. Black and white movies:  It's days like today when I'm grateful for all those Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Powell and Pressburger movies which line my shelves.  A bit of I Know Where I'm Going will warm your heart, while your soup warms your belly.

9. A cat: Love them or loathe them (who could loathe them?) nothing beats a cat snuggling up on your lap, purring its heart out.

10. Painting:  Or drawing.  Or sticking.  Any kind of low complexity crafting, which engages something beyond your analytical brain and allows a bit of simple, satisfying creativity out.  Or if you're not up to that, look a pictures.

As the nights draw in, that's where you're find me.  Snuggled up under a blanket, sipping tea and watching black and white movies.  Chilling.  No, not chilling.  Warming.

And then...



Unknown said...

Meg, I just now noticed that you have listed me on your sidebar.

First of all... well, I'm not really sure what to say (and that takes some doing). I'm surprised and a little bit abashed and honoured and very pleased. Thank you. Seeing my name there is like a hot water bottle for my soul - made out of cats. :)

One other thing, though. I've moved. I don't update the blogspot blog any longer. Now I'm at where I focus more on telling stories than on complaining about China. I think it's a much more entertaining direction, really.

Marina Sofia said...

You've created such a wonderfully comforting picture that I almost wish I had something to be miserable about...
Only difference: I prefer my crumpets with honey... yum!

Meg McNulty said...

@Mike consider yourself updated :-) - I've changed the link.

@Marina crumpets with honey sound like fairy comfort food. YUM!

Sophie Moss said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this sweet mention and for writing such a wonderful review of The Selkie Enchantress! I'm so happy you liked it and it makes my day to hear that the Seal Island selkies kept your mind off your cold. :) Loving the idea of crumpets as comfort food. Must look up a recipe. :)

Diane J. Reed said...

Ooh, I agree with every cozy & yumbly point Meg said in this post--especially the part about the super dark chocolate and reading The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss! (I love that book : ) Wish I could have a crumpet with Meg right now and gossip! You did mention gossiping as a way to pass a rainy day, didn't you? Lovely post : )

Meg McNulty said...

*pops a crumpet in the toaster for Diane*

Please do!