Last night, Tim let me know that he was planning to go to the library this morning. I have a noisy brake and he wanted to look at a manual for the car. I told him I'd like to go and maybe check out some craft books. After his mom was taken care of, we went out. We remembered that the main library has a store where they sell books for incredible prices. I'm talking 10-50 cents per book! So, to the basement we went. Oh the restraint that was shown! We spent $18.75 and left with almost more than we could carry. Tim thinks we probably left with at least $500 worth of books and video tapes...for less than $20!
I've taken pictures of a set of Christmas books I bought. I thought they were very pretty and fun. They have Christmas hymns in the back of them. They're full of artistic renderings of Christmases past and they tell about Christmas traditions all around the world. I really enjoyed looking over them and think I will start the new tradition of having them out on the coffee table during the holidays.
I also got a set of Dostoevsky books. I'm really excited to read them since I haven't read any of them before. Then again, I think the only book I've read of his is The Brothers Karamazov. I hope these are as enjoyable (painfully enjoyable, though it was).
Tim picked out a bunch of video tapes. It wasn't until we got home that he showed me the one on spinning yarn. That will be a lot of fun to watch. We got gardening books and Christmas tradition books and I got a bunch (oh, I knew I wanted to take a picture of something else!) of vintage magazines. Crafts, homemaking and swaps! Bloggers are not the first to swap crafts and materials. People used to put their full address in magazines and swap and become friends, just as we do now. I think that is so cool.
After we left the library, we went to a coffee shop downtown.
We each had a cup of house coffee and I had a yummy cranberry muffin. It was a nice crisp morning and all over the market area Bing could be heard singing Christmas songs. It reminded me of when I was a little girl and I got to spend a few days with my Aunt Berma in Charleston, WV. The streets, to me, seemed filled with vendors. She bought a marionette bird for me. I loved it! That is such a great memory. She is an awesome aunt. She sends a birthday card every year even now that I'm in my 40s.
The rest of the day has been fairly quiet. I got a little creating done. I didn't really have a project in mind. I just needed to play.
I hope everyone is doing well. I know some of you are going through hard things and I want you to know that you're on my mind and in my heart.