Creatures of habit

There’s something about cold weather that makes me want to read non-stop. And when I’m reading, you can find me one of two places in our house: in our den or in our guest room. Both places just feel cozy to me – and a big down coverlet ensures that I am as snug as a bug in a rug while I’m poring through whatever has my attention. I also like to remain wide-open to the possibility of napping in between chapters. I feel it’s good to have options.
And there’s one other thing that makes reading / Bible study time even more special when it’s chilly outside: apple tea. I love it so much. My mama’s friend Mary John makes one of the best versions I’ve ever tried, and in addition to tasting great, it makes your whole house smell absolutely divine.
Mary John’s Apple Tea
1 qt. cider
1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
8 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Heat until it boils, then reduce heat until ready to serve.

Now obviously we talk a whole bunch about books, authors and Bible studies here on AllAccess, but I’m curious: do you have a special place you like to “settle in” when you read or have your quiet time? Are there things you do to make that time especially relaxing? Do you have a special routine you like to follow?
And don’t worry – I’ll snuggle up under a comfy blanket before I read your comments. That only seems right. No apple tea today, though – just diet Coke. I’m pacing myself for the holidays, you see.
Have a great Tuesday, y’all!


  1. says

    I have this room in my house we call our play room. It is where the kids have their Wii and TV. It is also where the computer is… I think one of my favorite places in the house is in the playroom, in the corner by a window. There is a very worn out lazyboy chair there, and I take it and turn it around so that it faces the window.
    I open the window sometimes, but not always depending on what time of day it is… In the winter it is especially nice because I place my feet on the vent by the window, and get them all toasty. I know strange, but it brings me delight. I like to pray there, and it is a nice place to read my Bible.
    Well, I probably gave too much info, but there it is :)

  2. Lavonda says

    For sure.
    Under my down blanket on my down filled couch, with a squishy pillow off my bed propped up under me.
    And YES, the option to have a nap off and on in between any of it is a very necessary ingredient.
    And either my son or daughter on occassion wrapped up in there with me for reading and a nap — they LOVE it!
    A fire in the fireplace is a great option too. When I lived in Florida I used to, before kids and suburban payments, even drop my A/C down to 60 in the summer and build a fire in the fireplace to snuggle up like this. One of my dear friends who also loved chilly weather, would come over and hunker down with me and we’d have the best talks on the couch like this! Now I’m in Atlanta and she’s in Boston and no one I’ve met here yet would be that crazy with me…
    We’re flying 10 hours on an airplane Thur am…. I’m so gonna be thinking about this and wishing I was curled up on that couch instead of sitting upright in an airline seat!!!

  3. says

    I love to be cozy too… one of my absolute favorite things… maybe I am just plain lazy but I love it! I am definitely a down comforter person too… or my pink Bunnies by the Bay blanket (it is the best… they make the softest baby blanket and they made one in an adult size)… by a fire sure is nice… or in the summer on the glass sunporch!

  4. saved by grace says

    I’m right there with the other gals – snuggled up under a blanket. My special places are the computer room/guest room – there I can do Bible Study and jump over to the computer to look up info( I don’t have a laptop yet, so I have to get out from under the covers to do this). The next favorite is actually propped up in my bed – when hubby and kids are gone I read there, pray there, nap there, sing and worship there – it’s great!

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