Archive for July, 2014

This Week at the Little Free Library


2014
07.28

Along with a great assortment of books, today you would have found a picnic bench for relaxing, and some free bottles of ice water. If you’re jogging or biking or walking along the Lakewalk, this is a good spot to stop and take a break.

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Here’s some of what you’ll find this week:

• North Toward Home, by Willie Morris
• Sycamore Road, by John Grisham
• Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares (“Bra Shares,” get it?)
• The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, by Stephanie Mayer
• God — A Biography, by Jack Miles
• The Cat Who Went Underground, by Lillian Jackson Braun
• Alone, by Admiral Richard Byrd
• The Official NFL Book of Brett Favre

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Also lots of books for little kids, plus DVDS and VHS movies. Come on down!

Now I See It!


2014
07.28

Rick sent this explanation of the mouse sarcophagus. I never could figure it out. I opened it up earlier today and suddenly the mouse was clear as day. Here ya go!

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Bunny Bread


2014
07.20

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Am I the only one who sees it?

 

 

A Week of Fun Objects


2014
07.04

You know how you sometimes think you’re being watched? I looked up from my computer and saw this funny fellow staring at me. I know he is thinking, “Oh, my, she is so beautiful.” Isn’t this a great face? But I digress.

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I’m awfully fond of things that once belonged to other people. (The cat above, for instance. Winston’s previous owner died, and he needed a new home. How could I resist?) The history of “things” is interesting to me. I’d rather have an eclectic mix of previously-loved dishes than a complete set of something new. There is something about owning something that someone else chose and loved and used. It gets to me.

Which is why I find myself at so many thrift stores, yard sales, auctions and junk piles. This past week, I found some great stuff, and a few wonderful things were sent to me, too. Interestingly and completely without planning, most of these things are blue. But I was not blue when I received any of them. They make me happy!

My friend Marianne gave me this collection of Japanese fish floats that her father found on beaches in Hawaii. She often says “He found them on the north shore,” and when I first heard that, I immediately thought of our North Shore, but no. She meant the north shore of Honolulu. They’re so beautiful, though. I went to Salvation Army and found a clamshell-shaped jute holder for them. Perfect!

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At a yard sale, I found this lovely blue mixing bowl. I don’t need another mixing bowl, but who could resist this one? I sure couldn’t.

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A garage sale near Chetek offered this lard tin, which I had to have. If you grew up in Duluth, you may remember the National Tea grocery stores. I sure do. There was one in West Duluth, near the KMart store is now, that my mom used to shop at. It was also near my friend Sue’s house, so we walked there often for Cokes or gum, long before either of us learned to drive. National Tea. What memories.

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I found these button flowers at another yard sale. I bought them because they were cute, and because I thought wow, I could make these easily! Of course I can’t, and you know I won’t. But I love these. I will find the perfect spot for them.

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Two great things arrived in the mail this week. My sweet little friend Mahalia made these toys for Mittens and Winston, and they love them. They are just the right size for tossing, pouncing, chasing, and lying on top of. When they first arrived, I put them back in the mailing envelope so that I could eventually take a picture of them. Winston saw the envelope on my desk and began pulling out the toys. What a great gift!

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A funny coincidental thing in the mail, too. A couple of years ago, my friend Cathy and her husband went to Scotland for a vacation. She sent me this coaster which made me laugh. This past spring, my friend April and her husband (parents of the aforementioned Mahalia) went to Scotland for a vacation, and April sent me this card. You could conclude two things about this coincidence: People think ma bum  looks big, OR the correct assumption, which is that Scotland only offers this one thing as a touristy gift. They should get more stuff.

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So that’s my story for today. Hope you are all enjoying a happy Fourth of July!