Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This 'n' that

I found the neatest new blog. It's called Forgotten Bookmarks. Here's how the blogger describes the site:

I work at a used and rare bookstore, and I buy books from people everyday. These are the personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things I find in those books.
I can just imagine someone, thoroughly engrossed in a book, reaching for the nearest thing to mark the page before he lays it aside. An invitation, a photo, a scribbled note. This blog gives us a glimpse into some of those things. Check it out.

I've been buying vintage tablecloths from ebay. My plan is to make some kitchen curtains. Or pillows. So far, I haven't done either one. But I love the 50s style prints on the faded, worn out cloths that graced tables so many years ago. My favorites are patterns with lots of blue and red and yellow. Florals or farm themes with roosters and hens. They're fun to collect and I have about ten. I think I'll stop buying them until I've made something. Or maybe not.

Hubs is gone this week. I get up every morning and have to make the coffee. I just can't get it right. For two days now it has been weak. I pour half the cup in the sink, pour in some more coffee without anymore cream. And it's still weak.

Our oldest moved back home a week ago. He has set up shop in our basement. Several computers, a desk made from an old door and some bookcases, cardboard boxes filled with files. I suppose many an entrepreneur got his start in a basement. In fact, the company my husband works for today started that way. In a basement. And it's currently on the Fortune 500 listing. Hmmm. Maybe I should quite nagging Son about the mess. Maybe I should buy stock. Maybe I'll just keep feeding him turkey sandwiches and hope for the best.

September is half over. I need to devote an entire post to my favorite month of the year. I love the smell of it, the crystal clear air, the colors of the leaves, the constant breeze that seems to inhale ever so slowly and then slowly exhale, shivering the aspen trees outside my window.

My book club meets tonight. We're going to discuss A Bride in the Bargain by Diane Gist. It was a fun, light read, set in the northwest in the 1800s. I suspect we'll have a short book discussion and then linger for a long while on the patio of a local Mexican restaurant. It will be a nice evening for it.


Becky said...

What a fun post. Sort of just a regular, normal kind of activity. Sounds like a contented life my friend.

Brittanie said...

That is a cool blog. Thank you for sharing the link. :)
I like Fall but I will miss Summer. I look forward to the Fall Into Reading Challenge hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days and the colorful leaves on trees. But I hate winter and I know it is coming. lol

Country Dreaming said...

Hi Karen--
Neat post--I'm looking forward to fall-it's time for comfy sweats and sweatshirts/hoodies.
I have an attachment to vintage tablecloths too.
Have a great Thursday!


diana said...

i, too, l.o.v.e. september. i know other people in other states do, too, but i think it's the best here in colorado. smells, sights, sounds... wish it would never end.

no matter how far your son goes with his business, i think it's great that you've given him your basement. good luck to him.

i'm off to check out the blog you mentioned. sounds like fun.

sthornburg said...

I recognized myself in your post...I'm one for using thank you cards as bookmarks -- especially in my allows me to recall and pray for the person who sent me the card. Well written thank you cards are a delight and I choose to savor them for least until I complete the book they've found a home in...

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Another awesome post :)

That's a cool website... I scrolled down and saw that someone had a saw blade in an old book. What a nightmare for someone clumsy like me, LOL! I think I'll stick to paper objects, preferably, actual bookmarks. I'm quite boring like that :)

I can't wait to see the tablecloths and what you make out of them. Fold them up all artsy and take a photo so we can see some of the colors and patterns!

So glad your son is home and doing well. He is doing the smart thing, and I know you guys are proud of him. Oh, and ask your husband how to make the coffee... weak coffee that has to be poured out is such a waste, LOL!

I have read a couple of DeAnne Gist books, but not that one. I bet it's as good as the others. Your book club sounds awesome, enjoy the evening and fellowship :)

violetlady said...

I have been buying vintage table cloths (in the same colors you like) from e-bay and elsewhere, too. I keep thinking there should be some way to display them, but I haven't come up with anything yet.