starting with today

“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

There are many sweet, simple blessings happening in my life lately but I am going to blog starting with today.

I woke up this morning in a hotel room after a lovely solid five hours of sleep and then deliciously dozing on and off for another four hours.

I had dropped Ethan off at college the night before after an evening of bowling and steak dinners and slept overnight in the hotel before heading home.

I am rather under the weather with some sort of upper respiratory infection; strep, ears, cough and headache so I’ve been on medicine since Friday.  I drove home from Vermont slowly.


I explored two shops along the way.  The first was an antique shop with probably close to 50 or more venders in one big building.  Right away I found a Rose Fiesta Disc pitcher, anniversary edition from 1996.  It came home with me.  I didn’t buy anything else but I took a few more photos of things that delighted my eyes.


This mood board was in one of the little booths, full of magazine clippings and so on.



This was a sweet painting of ducks flying up off a pond, which was done on white birch bark.


Fiesta glassware (stripes)


Fiesta shakers and tumbles on the top shelf.  The other dishes (middle shelf) are made by the same company but are not fiestaware so I don’t collect them; still, it’s fun to see.



Then, about an hour later, I found a used bookstore.  It had been a huge selection, but it is now going out of business so the books “only” filled two rooms.


“Book thieves will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

I was amused by the specific sort of thieves addressed.  Would a book lover steal?  Perhaps.

I didn’t steal my books, I bought them all for five dollars.


A Walk on an Iceberg; true story written by the main character’s granddaughter.  The book is about Eliza in the years before she became a grandmother, who was married at 19 and thereafter went on all of her husband’s sea captain voyages.

Honey I Love; poems for children

Friday Night Lights; about football -for Caleb

A Very Long Engagement, by French author Sebastien Japrisot, a novel of WW1

Summerball, another sports story for Caleb, this one about basketball

Because of Winn-Dixie, beautiful story of a young girl who adopts a dog

Thin Ice, a quaint 1956 book easy reader book for Seth to read to me

Good-time Charlie, about a cat

Joanna Runs Away, a story about a little girl and a horse

The Lady and the Spider, a Reading Rainbow book

Christmas in the Forest, peaceful christmas story with animals

Follow the Brook, a 1960 story about raccoons

The Story of Old Mrs Brubeck and how she looked for Trouble and Where she found Him

The Anne of Green Gables Storybook; with pictures from the movie

last but not least, my most exciting find for myself

The Kinta years, an Oklahoma Childhood, by Janice Holt Giles, who is the author of one of my favorite books (Hannah Fowler)






4 thoughts on “starting with today

  1. I have that set of Childcraft books. As a girl I loved the stories in them. As a mom I loved reading the nursery rhymes and poems to my children. I can still recite some of the poems by heart. (Wynken, Blynken and Nod, The Owl and the Pussycat.)

  2. I hope you are all better now. I like the stops you made on the way home, my choices too. I too have that set of Childcraft books, picked up at a sale somewhere. I like the pictures in them, and try to do some sketching that is similar.

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