THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Come Monday, something came over me, and I put the entire house together. When Nick got home, I’m not sure he knew what hit him. I spend most of the time getting the books on the bookshelf in alphabetical order (they kept flopping over as I picked up more books, to my endless annoyance), and I’m not sure how you all organize your books, but going ABC has the challenge of where to start on the shelf and how much room to leave for future books. Mostly, I purchase e-books these days; I’m not interested in having several paperbacks sitting on shelves getting dusty. To keep them in shape, books need temperature controlled settings, otherwise they begin to decay.
The other time-consuming project was cleaning the top of the stove. What I thought was rust doots on the white top is actually hardened flecks of meals past. I replaced the drip pans and scrubbed under them, and I also flipped the top of the stove up like the hood of a car. I think whatever was in there was sentient, but it’s all better now.
Nick had Tuesday off, so we did paperwork-y stuff in relation to the house, like filing for homesteading stuff, making sure 7.5 acres is listed as farming area to discount taxes, and we disputed the value of our home, meaning we don’t want to be taxed at more than we paid for it. We also got our new driver’s licenses. Nick was not happy he arrived in a hat and had to take it off. I was just tickled they changed the rules about smiling.
The rest of the week is a bit fuzzy (I practiced my signing, exercised to Motown, and volunteered), but I knew come Saturday I was going garage saleing. Nick was going to be in Chicago for work, so off I went, puttering around looking for signs proclaiming the goods. At one place I almost bought a garage sale hot dog. They looked so trustworthy! But I’m funny about food handling. I almost ran over an elderly lady, who apparently didn’t know you have to look both ways before crossing the street, or your attempt to walk to a garage sale will become a mission from God. She blamed my Prius for being too quiet.
And then I found a farm house where a lady had all sorts of neat stuff, including Pyrex dishes and decorations, and a lawnmower with dualies (not for sale — dang it!). I found a solid oak table just the right size for me and Nick, plus some dining room chairs with eagles on them (I definitely did a double take on the eagles and conferred with Nick).
And I found a ceramic toad! 😍
The nice lady tried to wrap my toad up, and I said, “Nuh-uh, he goin’ in my front seat and I’m going to drive him around town.” I think she thought I was goofy, but I did drive the toad around in the front seat for the rest of the day, so maybe she had a point.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
I’m so glad you guys got to meet IgnitedMoth! If you’re not following her blog yet, go ahead and add her. Mostly, she updates folks on digital art she’s done; it’s always cool to see a creative project someone is working on. I’m hoping to read more about her progress on her novel on her blog, too.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
Do you have a goal to read more translated books? While interpreting and translating aren’t the same, you may be interested in the life story of Rose Pizzo, whose book, Growing Up Deaf, was originally signed in ASL and then interpreted — and then translated, I think?? — into English. I need to learn more about the process in school before I use interpreted/translated correctly. Anyway, check out my thoughts on Wednesday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 179
Owned Books on TBR Today: 179