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Did someone say books?

One afternoon last week my daughter met me in town after I’d dropped my little Meyya off for her grooming. I had awhile to do what I wanted before going back for her, so we went shopping in a secondhand (mostly clothing) store. The fun thing in that store is they now have shelves of used BOOKS! My attention on clothes was quickly diverted when I discovered that. Even better – the sign said: BUY 2 GET 1 FREE! Oh. My. Gosh. I was in the right place!  happy happy happy!   Not that I needed more books to add to my already toppling over TBR pile, but … um … yes I did!    You understand.  🙂

Look at what I bought for $15.00! Plus one not in this shot.

books bought at Frenchy'sI don’t know about you, but I love books no matter whether they are new, used, or very old – and I hope you do, too.  Two of these books I plan to give away on my blog. I’ll let you know later when I’m offering them, one at a time. 

About the above books:

  1. I bought Assassin’s Apprentice – by Robin Hobb because when I was on a bus trip with a friend – I talk about that HERE – there was a fellow on the bus reading one of the author’s books. I had to ask, even though I didn’t know this guy … because seeing anyone immersed in a book makes me curious. He told me the author writes really good fantasy novels. (You know I love fantasy.) He said if he’d not left at his girlfriend’s the one he’d just finished he’d have given it to me! Wasn’t that sweet of him? When I came across this book, of course I had to have it.
  2. The Great Gatsby – by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I’ve watched the movie. Is the book better? I have to find out.
  3. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – I hadn’t read any of her writing, so this was my first. Someone will win this book. 
  4. Song of Solomon – by Toni Morrison – I’m not sure about this one yet, but I’ve wanted to read some of the author’s work and this seemed a good place to start.
  5. The Pursuit of Happyness – by Chris Gardner – I saw the movie of this true story starring Will Smith and his son, and I loved it! I was excited to find the book. Again, is the book better?
  6. I’m Not Wonder Woman – by Sheila Walsh – I’ve read a book by this Christian author, and reviewed it HERE on my blog. I’m interested in seeing what else she has to say.
  7. The Man Who Was Thursday – by G. K. Chesterton – has been recommended a few times by a friend, so when I saw this copy I had to have it!
  8. You’ve Earned It, Don’t Lose It – by Suze Orman I picked this one up because I thought it would be of interest to my husband. Turns out it is directed much more to the US economy – so guess what I’ll be doing with this book?  😉
  9. The little book I don’t have in this picture is called Bad Cat: 244 Not-So-Pretty Kitties and Cats Gone Bad – by Jim Edgar. It’s quite funny, and since three of my daughters are cat lovers the book has started its rounds.

Have you read any of the above? And of those that have been made into movies, which is better – the book or the movie?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

This little piggy …

I like to be spontaneous once in awhile. For me it’s freeing and empowering to break out of routine and schedules – within reason, of  course – and do something I don’t get the chance to do very much.

One day in late summer one of my daughters and I got together for an outing. We drove to a few local communities and shopped at second-hand clothing stores for the variety and low prices, and the fun of digging through bins to find that ‘just right’ item. We also discovered a few yard sales along the way so had to stop! That’s always fun. At most of our stops we purchased a few things.

I enjoy the zoo. It’s interesting, funny, noisy, entertaining, smelly, and that’s just the people!  😉  haha     Ever wonder what the animals think of us gawking at them through the bars and fences?

As we were in a moment of ‘where should we go now?’ I suddenly had this idea: “I’d like to go to the zoo, I haven’t been there for so long … let’s go to the zoo!” Here in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia is Oaklawn Farm Zoo, and we weren’t far from it. Of course we went there! Today I will give you this link, and this one, then maybe another time I’ll direct you to another which has a lovely write-up about it.

Below are some photos I took while there with my daughter that day.

These are four new little baby pigs born in one of the barns. On the left there are three, see the tiny white/pink one half hidden? On the right is momma with one of her babies running around. So cute and comical.

baby pigsPigs at Oaklawn Farm Zoo







This next one is the photo I’ve longed to capture. It’s not perfect but it is one of those awwww shots. Two black swans, their lovely long necks shaping a heart.

black swans

What do you enjoy doing to change things up a bit and get out of the house?

PS: It’s day 25 in PiBoIdMo, and while writing this post I came up with idea #49!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂







Is the book as we know it disappearing?

I have been observing.  There is a lot of discussion in all arenas about the traditional book eventually disappearing from use.  This is mainly because of e-books – those online electronic books you can download to read, and whatever else technology will – and has already – come up with to simplify things for us.  Just to let you know … I am not educated in that because I love books as they are and have been for centuries!  Well, the scroll was a little difficult to handle and pack around, maybe, but .. you get my point.

I am not interested in reading a book on a hand-held device, nor am I excited about sitting at the computer to read one on the screen. I am all for holding a made-from-paper-and-ink writing, turning those pages and flipping back and forth as I need to, underlining or highlighting (did I hear a gasp?) when the occasion calls for it – which is rarely because I also use bookmarks and sticky tabs.   I fill my bookcases with old favourites (some saved from my childhood), and soon-to-be-loved stories.   I have books all over the place, a few in the living room and our bedroom, many in my publishing room, my ‘computer room’, the main room downstairs, and even packed away in boxes in our storage room.  My husband, not a voracious reader, also has a few titles on hand.

Most of my children’s storybooks I have kept, and my grandson now enjoys those. I have books that made me laugh out loud, made me cry (and hide behind), pulled me in so deep I didn’t hear anything going on around me.  I have books the Lord used to teach me something important. And there are many volumes in my collection which I have yet to cuddle up with and appreciate their written pages.   Somehow, I doubt very much that I could enjoy an electronic book the same way, it would even be annoying to me.

I don’t get to the library much at all anymore.  There was a time when I would take my daughters there to pick out books for their extra reading, and that was fun for us.  I borrowed several for myself when I was taking a writing course and wanted to read the ones mentioned in it.  But I prefer to own the books I read, I like to gather them and add them to my own personal collection.  Would I feel the same way about having them filed in a little electronic device?  I doubt it!  It is NOT the same thing!

So, is the way of the traditional book one of antiquity?  Is it disappearing?  Will my great-grandchildren not even know what it is to own a printed-on-paper book, to smell its ‘bookness’, to experience the thrill of a page-turning story on paper filled with bright pictures and powerful words?

Now I ask you …. what do you think?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

Customer service worth talking about

Just a quick post to tell you about some good customer service I experienced today.

I have an online account with Chapters.Indigo … (Coles bookstore is a few miles from where I live.  Same thing.)  I recorded birthdays on my account page and they send me reminders with a percentage off coupon against purchase of a book.  I try to use them but don’t always.  Yesterday I was pleased to receive the reminder as there is a book I want to buy, but even though it said the coupon was attached – it wasn’t!

Now, I appreciate those coupons.  I like books.  And I like to buy books as gifts.  So, I sent Chapters.Indigo an email to inform them of the discrepancy. A few hours later I received an apology, there was a technical glitch, and if I set up another birthday reminder they will resend.  I did that.

This morning I received a new email from them saying the coupon was included – again it wasn’t!  So, I sent them another email simply saying sorry but the coupon is still not there.  A few hours later here is part of the reply that came — “Due to technical difficulties, our coupon generation was turned off during a recent upgrade to our warehouses. We are unable to re-issue a new coupon, and we apologize for the inconvenience.”  Then they kindly informed me that they had deposited a credit into my online account to replace the coupon!
Now that is good business practice, and Chapters.Indigo is a company that has my business!

It is wonderful to be treated well, don’t you think?  Customer satisfaction can go a long way.
Do you have any such uplifting tales to tell?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂