It was a gloomy day here in No. Illinois. I decided to get things organized in the house, so that when I finally can get outside...I won't have to think about the house. I had cleaned the dining room a couple of days ago, but decided to move a bookcase full of cookbooks to the opposite corner. Then I could vacuum behind those things. This took the project in a whole new direction. I tidied up the shelves as I put the cookbooks back. When we got married, I got rid of a lot of my cookbooks. After my kids looked them over, I sold them at my sale. A man bought them all. I said, "Your wife is going to be so happy with those." He said, "I'm not married...I'm selling them on EBay."Well, I guess once they were out of my hands, he could do anything he wanted with them.
Next on my agenda was the mudroom. I have a shelf unit in there too, only with gardening books. As I cleaned, I sat on my stool and looked through many of them. I had sold many of these too, but now I seem to have accumulated as many as I had before. I check out the library often for garden books, but I really like to own the special ones, so that I can refer to them often. I like to take my time reading them and sometimes savor their wonderful content. I love so many garden books. Ones about gardeners as well as ones about gardens. I love to find them at garage sales...old ones that might have an empty seed packet between the pages for a bookmark or a slip of paper with garden plans written on it...or once a dried violet. I have a special book from the 1800's that once belonged to my 2nd grade teacher when she was a girl. It has her beautiful handwriting in it.
Then into the living room where I have shelves with instruction books on painting, quilting, knitting, felt crafts etc. The shelves are full of novels and poetry books. I started this project thinking that I might have some books to donate to the library for their sale shelf. I hadn't found one that I could give up. I often box up my paper backs and send them to a cousin in Iowa.
I have shelves in the guest bedroom too...with tiny books that friends and family have given me over the years. Books in a stack of three on the coffee table. A Bible and a Bible study book and books full of family photos. In the rocker a book called 'My French Life' a Christmas gift from my daughter. I've heard others say that they wouldn't want a Kindle. They usually say that they like to hold books in their hands and see them sitting on their shelves. I kind of feel the same way. For people who travel, I think that it would be great. No bulky books to carry. But, I am not a world traveler and for me an old garden book with writing in the margins and grass stains on the cover is just perfect.
PS...And I haven't even written about Joe's books!