Our library room is finally undergoing renovation. It’s time, E’s office is full of book boxes and while I try (and fail) not to add to them on a daily basis they are starting to overwhelm him. It’s warmer which will make it easier to toss the rug out onto the deck when we pull it up. Eventually. For the past two weeks E has been demolishing the existing cedar closet. The previous owner used this room as his bedroom. Many aspects of the closet’s construction have us scratching our heads, let’s just leave it at that!

Anyway, the result is that we ordered a sawsall. I’m amazed it took us eight and a half months of home ownership to bite the bullet and do so.

We are reusing what we can of aforementioned closet. Most of the drawers will find a new home when we renovate the garage work-space (which neither of us can use as it’s sized for someone 6 feet tall). I plan to reuse the cedar and line my sweater drawers and my yarn bins.

It’s been difficult for me to get into this project, no matter that I really want it to be completed. A trip to Target on Sunday morning found the incentive that I needed. This silver globe will find a home in the renovated library space. It excited both of us and while we’ve not sat yet to discuss accessory and decoration budget for the room, we knew it was an item we had to have. Now? I’m obsessively tracking and waiting delivery of the closet-destruct-o-tool.

First question of the day:
I believe a home library should be full of lots and lots of well loved and read books.
What else do you feel a home library should have?

I’ve also been reading and rereading quite a bit. I’m still getting into the hang of needing to queue the completed list for an extra week. I think this should cover most of what’s been read since pesach! There are a few more that I’d like to discuss but I’ve yet to figure out the best way to approach them.

Next weekend is Maryland Sheep & Wool (a.k.a. Maryland). We plan to be there on Sunday. I plan to finally work on getting this whole weaving thing out of my system in the most innovative and budget friendly way possible. I’m not entirely sure what will happen next Sunday, but I do know that I’m reading all that I can in anticipation. These three are the latest. I’m leaning toward a small simple rigid heddle, but I might mix a frame (which I’ve already made) with some rigid heddles and see what happens.

Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving (Hands on) Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving
by Betty Linn Davenport

Foundations of weaving Foundations of weaving
by Mike Halsey

Frame-Loom Weaving
by Jane Redman

After an incident which began with several ebooks from the library and concluded with free shipping at Powells, I’ll be able to shelve much of Mercedes Lackey‘s writing of Velgarth/Valdemar. I have the Reign of Selany now complete and awaiting shelving. I’ve reread each novel as it’s come into my possession. I next plan to go back to the beginning and finally acquire The Black Gryphon and make a complete collection. The following images list the ones I own and have reread in the past few weeks. I have no idea why the first isn’t the same as the rest. It is one of the few I purchased new..

Foundation (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, #1) Take a Thief (Heralds of Valdemar, #5) Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1) Arrow's Flight (Heralds of Valdemar, #2) Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3) Winds of Fate (Valdemar: Mage Winds, #1) Winds of Change (Valdemar: Mage Winds, #2) Winds of Fury (Valdemar: Mage Winds, #3) Storm Warning (Valdemar: Mage Storms, #1) Storm Rising (Valdemar: Mage Storms, #2) Storm Breaking (Valdemar: Mage Storms, #3) Owlflight (Valdemar: Darien's Tale, #1) Owlsight (Valdemar: Darien's Tale, #2) Owlknight (Valdemar: Darien's Tale, #3)

I would like to take a moment to state that I will very happily shelve any scifi-fantasy books you would like to give a new home. I’ve recorded most of the contents of this section of my collection over at LibraryThing. I also maintain wishlists at amazon and powells, if you are so inclined. I’m not forcing, I’m just stating… While I’ve been known to shop at big box stores, I’d prefer if you hit an indie or even better a used book store. Why? I believe this says it best.

The Lost Prince (Puffin Classics) Returning to recent reads, it is a well known fact that a favourite book of my childhood is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. There are many reasons for why this book had no choice in becoming a favourite, but suffice it to say that early on when I discovered an author I adored, I tried to read everything they wrote. Imagine my surprise that while browsing iPod compatible audio books at the library the other day I discovered The Lost Prince! I couldn’t completed my transaction quickly enough and I begged all the various downloads and file transfers (to my humble and trusty 4gig 2gen nano) to go quickly and easily. They did. I will need to reread it and other “Lost Children” novels by Burnett before I write a true review but it was a great nostalgia ride and I enjoyed every minute!

Bonus question to tide you over until May:
Is there a book you recently discovered and were delighted and surprised because you thought you were well versed in all of the author’s work?