Joelle (hyarmi_records) wrote in shouts_of_joy,

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My first vacation day off of work since March 1. I felt rather ghastly (physically), and the heat was unpleasant, but there were plenty of treats today:

     The reason I took the day off was for having Arun's teeth scaled at the vet. And now he is back home, safe and alive. I'll admit, with the utterly awful year I've been having, that I was a bit apprehensive about this.

     After dropping off Arun, and getting a new driver's license, my third stop was the half-price book store in Maplewood. Haven't been there in years, so it was like a treasure hunt. Didn't find two titles I wanted (they're easily bought elsewhere), but I'm very happy with my 'haul.'
-The Giver by Lois Lowry, which completely deserves its Newbery Award.
-Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson, a childhood favorite I should have snagged years ago. (Also got Newbery) I hadn't realized it was first published in 1944.
-The Tough Winter by Robert Lawson, sequel to the above, published in 1954. There's such a joy and innocence to the books and the delightful illustrations that makes them priceless.
-The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White, which is my favorite of his three children's books, and since I already have Charlotte's Web, it's about time I added this one.
-The Fledgling by Jane Langton. Lovely autumn story--I'm looking forward to reading The Fragile Flag by her shortly, as it's the quintessential 'spring' book.
-The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, to follow up last week's class and be my next nonfiction read.

     I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into that lot!

     And another delightful surprise at Bergmann's Nursery--THEY HAD LISIANTHUS!!! That's been a dream flower of mine for years, but the only way to get them (aside from extremely difficult seed-growing) was via Burpee--in batches too large for the space I have. Now, at last, I can try them out!
Tags: books, flowers, pets: arun
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