Saturday, June 24, 2006

Book drive update

As of right now, the Dewey Donation System has reports of 1137 books and $1500 in cash donations for the Harrison County, Mississippi library system! That's fabulous news.

Even better news: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given a grant of $12.2 million to help rebuild libraries in Louisiana and Mississippi. And the Bush-Clinton Fund is giving $5 million, too.

I've done my part. A copy of Nora Roberts' next book will be shipped to the Pass Christian library. When we're not juggling two mortgages and tight on cash, they'll get more. Please consider sending a book or some money. All the libraries have an Amazon.com wish list and books can be sent directly to the library with just a couple clicks.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Goats!

We're at the new house this weekend and I took a brief break from painting to go visit our neighbors, the goats.

I'm continually surprised by how friendly the goats are. When we walk up to the fence between our property and the neighbors, they'll kind of look at us, then, eventually, one or two start trotting over. Eventually, the whole crew starts heading our way. It's rather cute, really.

We noticed tonight that there's a stretch of our yard, a few inches wide, that's nearly as barren as the land the goats are kept on. The smaller ones can stick their heads through the welded wire fence and nibble at whatever grows there, so they do. Fine with us, frankly. I'd be happy to let 'em all come over in the back half of the yard and chow down, if it'd keep the area under control.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Book drive time again

I know that very few people will see this right now, but on the off-chance you do see it, please go visit Pamie.com's new book drive, Dewey Donation System. Currently, the drive benefits libraries in Mississippi that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. (Yeah. Remember Mississippi? They got hit by the hurricane, too.)

Last count I saw, over 450 books were donated. It's super-easy, too. The libraries all have Amazon.com wish lists and all you have to do is take a few seconds to pick a book and it's on the way. Don't forget: free shipping if you send $25 worth of books!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Moving suck-diddly-ucks

Buying the new house was the easy part, of course. It pretty much always is, in my experience. It's the selling the old one and moving into the new one that's a problem.

Right now, I'm sitting on the sofa in the den, surrounded by piles of boxes. We're getting new carpet in the bedrooms today. All is quiet right now, but it won't be for long. I'm sure the cats are going to spontaneously combust when they realize they can't hide under the bed all day. Reemy will be either outside or in her crate till The Sweetie comes home and helps me figure out how to put up the baby gate so I can keep her in the kitchen. She likes being there, chilling on the cool tile (she's there now, in fact), so it's not like that's a hardship.

I boxed up all my books yesterday. I'd forgotten that I primarily used book boxes last time, ones that I'd picked up from the bookstore I worked at in California. Which meant that I just started filling boxes with books, then couldn't move them. Which meant that I had to open them, move some of the books out of those boxes and into new ones, then find lightweight stuff to fill the rest of the box. Pillows work well for that, incidentally.

As I look around, I'm not entirely sure how we're going to fit all the stuff in the new house. It's way smaller than this house, but I feel like I've already thrown out, donated, or sold off a lot of stuff already and can't really wrap my brain around the idea that I might need to get rid of more stuff. I think it looks like a lot of stuff because so much of it is all in one room. The rest of the rooms are almost empty, so maybe if I was in there, I'd feel better.

Except that I'd have to look at the ugly carpet we're having taken out today.

Here we go again

I started keeping an online journal through Blogger, then decided to switch to Moveable Type. That hasn't worked out so well for me, so here I am again. When things settle down a bit, I'm going to move this over to my domain. For now, it's here.

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