So! Tom had planned to go back into work on yet another of his days off (today), but he decided not to. Hooray! So we drove to Salvation Army where, oh happy day, I hit the mother lode, book-wise. After all those 20 months of unemployment and barely buying any books, I'm certainly making up for it lately.
Here's what I bought today for just pennies:
Bloomability by Sharon Creech ( a really great hardcover, former library book)
A Batch of the Best: Stories for Girls edited by N. Gretchen Greiner
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Make Room For the Hollyhocks by Lorraine Hunter Hare (signed by the author)
I also found a lovely diary, all pages unused, one called Our Old-Fashioned Country Diary for 1996 published by Michel Publishing, LTD. Just take my word for it--it's gorgeous. Has some Victoriana-type paintings and some pen drawings and quotes and little stories and--- well, a treasure, really.
And then when Tom and I later dropped by Dollar Tree, I found another lovely book of essays(!). My fourth such book from there:
Love Matters: Remarkable Love Stories That Touch the Heart and Nourish the Soul by Delilah, America's #1 Nighttime Radio Host. (Have you ever heard Delilah on the radio? I have, occasionally through the years, and her compassion for people always blesses me.) Her website is here.
I told Tom that as far as things go, you know, stuff you can hold in your hands or touch with your fingers, I love basically just one thing on this planet: Books.
Oh well, as Tom said--it could be worse. At least books don't take up much space, well, unless you own a ton of them. (But they can be hidden pretty easily. Trust me, I know.) They're relatively cheap. And they're easily hauled to thrift shops when you discard those which aren't keepers, bringing extra smiles when you realize you're sharing such delightful things with strangers.
Books--how I do love books.
Thanks for all your kind comments to my last post regarding the sidewalk episode! Boy, did these verses from Deuteronomy 8 ever come to my mind yesterday:
"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you...... Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you."
The "in order to know what was in your heart" thing
Again, thanks... (Oh, and to answer Robin's question, no, our street is not busy at all. It's very quiet.)
Oooo! And guess what arrived in the mail just moments ago. Yes, a book. It's a cozy mystery which I mentioned to you earlier: Death of a Garage Sale Newbie by Sharon Dunn. Can't wait to peruse it!
I found this hilarious! It's film of the fireworks show in San Diego on the 4th of July. (Turn down your speakers nearly all the way, first!)!!