So all week I've had the car (since Tom worked night shift and had to sleep during the day) and I've shopped like a woman released from a deserted island. At least, it's been big-time shopping for me, she who waits for sales or just makes do because she's such a tightwad. And when next week I won't have the car, I'll be ever so grateful to remain home after all these days of crazy driving/shopping/spending.
Early this morning, before any traffic out there, I ventured the back way (don't you love quiet back ways?) to Home Depot, visit #4 or 5 this week and bought the last of the bricks I need, more garden soil (I'm hoping the last of those heavy bags I'll need, too) and a special surprise: a lone little blueberry plant marked down to $3.49. Oh! I hadn't even known Home Depot sold those, had not spied another one in all my trips there, but yet there she sat, something I've wanted for eons, but never managed to find/order/purchase. Until today.
Then I was off to Salvation Army where I found, not only three nice articles of clothing and a great rooster for my garden, but a like-new copy of Mama Makes Up Her Mind (mine, I noticed last week, was all water-stained) and these fun books:
Remember how excited you'd feel when your Scholastic book order would arrive at your elementary school classroom? I'm still always thrilled like that when I paw through dusty bookshelves, me in my black-rimmed Dollar Tree reading glasses, and find treasures. Scholastic books! Sometimes I get such cravings to reread mine, especially when the world goes extra-insane. Scholastic books turn everything--turn me, even--right-side up again.
And when I've finished this post I will again Play Books, not only in honor of these new treasures, but I've still yet to unpack a box of books and (gorgeous) decorating magazines (remember my shock at their now-prices and how I didn't buy one?) Donna sent me home with yesterday (such a lovely visit we had in her cheerful new digs) , oh, and these, also:
Remember how I told you I'd only be attending estate sales, not yard/garage sales? Well, there I go lying again, or slipping into a lie, anyway, for--when we can--Tom and I do still attend yard sales, though, in my defense, I often sit in the car and read after only 3 or so sales (Tom becomes a Great Yard Sale Conqueror, so it takes longer for him to tire). Anyway, that's what I was doing--sitting in the car--when Tom bought 20 (!) of these beautiful American Country Time-Life books for me. All for just $5, total, from a super-nice couple who helped carry them to the car and who, also, told Tom much of the story of their home.
Western New York has the nicest people! And truthfully, that's part of why I keep doing the yard sale thing: the kind, friendly people we meet.
Anyway, wow. The books are gorgeous. Beautiful photos and each is dedicated to a different aspect of country life. Furniture, houses, gardens, cooking, quilts etc., etc..... It'll take me months to look through all of them.
Ah, books. Don't you just love books, especially when God was kind enough to drop them down for you right in front of your nose?
He is still so good. He still takes excellent care of His kids. Yes, even in 2012.
Links to the books I mentioned:
Some kindle books you may enjoy:
I got each of these books free, thanks to this website--which I've shared with you before, but I just can't help sharing it again!
I'm still enjoying your comments after my last post--thanks for your creative help! Though I'd probably love a red door the most, the kind of brick I'm thinking I like best is more pink-ish with lots of white. It's the houses which have been fronted with that kind of brick which most take my breath away, so well, I'm not sure a red door would go with that. Time to dash around online to see what colors of doors people with pink-ish brick houses use! :)