Yesterday, I finally got us some new bookshelves I've been trying to get them through freecycle, but they are always pending by the time I email. So I bought these at Goodwill. A tip, you know the millions that Target donates to charity? A lot of it is stuff that is returned or doesn't sell in the store and guess to whom it is donated, Goodwill. This was a composite board bookshelf. It weighed a ton and I had to put it together - but I had it done and loaded with books by the end of the day.
The swan/goose on top of the bookshelf. She is wearing a scarf from my husband's paternal grandmother. When my MIL gave it to me I tied it around her neck and it has stuck (figuratively, not literally).
This a bookshelf made by my maternal grandfather as a wedding gift for us. It is actually pegged and glued together and the back is solid wood too.
This is a thrift store bookshelf - it is handmade by someone and is very sturdy - a good thing.
So while I have a flash and am photographing in the basement, here is a shot of an old school chalkboard map that I dismantled and glued onto the roller for your standard roller blinds.
Which leads me to the inanity of this morning. This morning, I took the girls for a forty-five minute drive down to the opposite side of our metropolitan area to pick up these free bricks I found listed on freecycle. Last summer, I dug up the sod near the back of our yard so that I could grow sunflowers again. We used to have giant sunflowers at our old place and they always filled me with joy. Until we built our fence we had no good place for them here. Even then, I didn't dig out a spot for them. Now they have a spot but it isn't edged and my husband thought it ought to be. He also suggested that I find away to edge the lilacs from our neighbors yard that I am allowing to creep into our yard because I had lilacs growing up and I had them at the old place and I miss them here. He has no problem with letting some move over - he just wants boundaries to make mowing easier. My free solution is this stack of 177 free bricks.
My shoulders and wrists are a bit sore but I did it!!
Before we left this morning I mounted this prism that I bought from American Science and Surplus in the entry window. You'll see more in my next post.3