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The view from my desk at home

Sunday, February 03, 2013

From where I sit, at the computer, I see, on my desk, no fewer than sixteen books. There are needlework books, writing books, legal books, and one cookbook. To my left is a nine board feet book cabinet that is filled with legal books. In front of that are about 40 books in stacks, all legal books. Near the wall, behind my back, is another stack of 20 books, all having to do with legal assisting. To my right, leaning against my desk, are two books: a hymnal and a readerís encyclopedia.

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MRSBOBBIBJD 2/4/2013 7:43AM

    I'd love to hear about your legal books, especially if there are any that you recommend for newly practicing attorneys :)

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PATRICIAAK 2/4/2013 12:27AM

    Yeah to reading

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DIET_FRIEND 2/3/2013 10:10PM

    Are you a lawyer? I hope so since you have dedicated so much of your space to legal books! I have as many cubic feet dedicated to teaching paraphernalia.

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 2/3/2013 12:43PM

    goodness! but I guess you need them all for reference!

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MAMATERRI58 2/3/2013 12:34PM

    Sounds like you need another bookshelf - and that you love books as much as I do.

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Dedicated book room aka library

Saturday, February 02, 2013

We dedicate one room of the house (generally known as the living room) to our books and my piano. What made it particularly nice is that our best sofa is in the same room, and several wood arm chairs are there. Thus, it is a good room for quiet reading, discussions among ourselves, a place for our visitors to chat with us, and a place for me to play the piano and study and write.

We have a 15 foot long wall that has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. However, this does not mean that is the ONLY place that we have books. Goodness, I think the only place that there are no books is in the bathrooms (again, books do not like water). We each have a small stash (10+/- board feet of books) in each of our bedrooms. We have books (20 board feet) in the kitchen, another 80 board feet of books in the family room, and, well, some books stacked here and there.

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    That sounds absolutely heavenly! I wish you could post a photo of it. My dream is to make one of our bedrooms into a library when our youngest grows up and out of our home.

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LILYBELLE12 2/2/2013 10:46PM

    I have a room as a Library also, and I love it for a quiet place to go! We often have friends visit and that is our favorite room to bring them, because there is no real distractions. It is the first room off our entryway to the house. We also have books in all the other rooms too, but this room definitely has all our favorite "Photo Type" books and a lot of our general books to read. It is a small room but 4 to 6 persons can easily visit in it comfortably.

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PATRICIAAK 2/2/2013 4:57PM

    sounds like my house before I downsided. I even had sliding bookshelves.

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Books, installment two

Friday, February 01, 2013

There is never enough room in our home for our books. We have a lot of them, and yes, each and every one of the books has been read by one or more members of the family. We do actually send books away to other homes every few years, but our core library remains the same, with some judicious (HA!) additions.

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NUTRON3 2/2/2013 6:58AM

    Me too way too many but i love them all

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PATRICIAAK 2/1/2013 11:47PM

    When I downsized, I had to pass over 1000 books to others. It was hard to give up having a library at my home.

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ZENRYAKU 2/1/2013 8:03PM

    I think I know what you mean. We have covered the floor between our bookshelves. I think it will be easier to get some more shelves, but my partner is moving on some of his reference books.

I thought when I started BookCrossing (, that I would at least be able to confine the books to the shelves. But what has happened is that my family and friends now give me books to 'do that leave books around thing' :)

Books are starting to take over another room, so they are definitely on the decluttering list.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

WOW! Books! My salvation (sort of) and addiction (absolutely). I love books. I do not remember a day in my life where books were not present. Ever. Well, maybe on river running trips. Books do not take well to water!!

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LADYABIGAIL627 2/4/2013 3:17PM

    Ahhh books, they have never let me down!

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PATRICIAAK 1/31/2013 8:22PM

    I remember the days, back when I was in school ,when I would borrow 6 books a week from the library. Books are friends.

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LAILATN 1/31/2013 2:54PM

    I am a passionate reader as well!

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SRBSRB26 1/31/2013 8:02AM

    Me too!

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NUTRON3 1/31/2013 7:47AM

    I so agree!

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JANIGURL 1/31/2013 7:38AM

    I love my books too ! Sometimes reading 3 or 4 at once :) Put your book in a big zip lock when you are on river running trips :) Take care and have fun !

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ELRIDDICK 1/31/2013 7:37AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Breakfast musings - potatoes

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Potatoes. We rarely had potatoes with our hot breakfasts while I was growing up. I have no idea why, as we had potatoes in the house, and used them for dinner several times a week.

But as an adult, I grew to rely on potatoes. They are inexpensive, easy to bake/roast/fry/boil. And the seasonings are simple, abundant, and reliable. So, on the weekends, we usually have potatoes with one breakfast. I prefer the roasted potatoes, as they are the easiest to fix for breakfast. I love hash browns, but cannot seem to duplicate the wonderful hash browns that I have experienced outside my home. I seem to lack an essential understanding about hash browns. Oh, well. That is why I will live to a ripe old age. I need to learn more stuff!

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PATRICIAAK 1/30/2013 5:34PM

    I like real potatoes (but not the instant)

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THINAGIN2 1/30/2013 5:12PM

    I like potatoes any way you can fix them! We are having mashed for dinner this evening.

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