Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Posting a little early for Thankful Thursday. Tomorrow is a very busy day.

Today I was reminded how thankful I am for .........Books.

Here is my sometimes-quiet-corner, where I like to sip tea, and explore a new life in a novel.

Books are on my mind today because of our remodeling project. Since the laundry room is being moved, our laundry chute has to be relocated, too. It is going from beside our dresser, in a corner, to the closet in our bathroom.

Out of sight, yes! The carpenter in my bedroom (to get to the bathroom) uh oh. Gotta do some quick clean-up before he comes.

In this case, a quick clean-up involves hiding our stash of books. They are on the bedside tables, on the headboard, on the footboard, and stacked on the floor next to the bed. Really.

Here is the edited TBR pile for my DH.....

.....and for me.

Sooooo......This is what I cleared off the nightstands, headboard, footboard, and floor in our room:

That's right, an ENTIRE LAUNDRY BASKET FULL OF BOOKS! I hid them in our sons' room (they're sharing a room during construction) and as I was stuffing the books in the basket, I was reminded how much reading means to our family. When the architect asked what we wanted in our redone space, DH and I shouted, "Lots of bookshelves!"

We all read a lot. We love books, and give them as gifts. We inherited a fantastic library from my F-I-L and bought a special bookcase for his books.

I can't imagine going through life without books. I have explored the frozen seas with Shackelton, traveled to distant galaxies with Miles Vorkosigan, gone back in time to Hawaii before European contact, and helped to hunt down a murderer in New Jersey all in the past week.

And who snuggles up with us when we read before bed?

The shelties, of course.

What are you thankful for today?


Shellmo said...

Your reading chair looks so comfy! I'm a voracious reader too. And your 2 shelties are beautiful!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wonderful post--Wonderful life, Fiona.. You and your family are as passionate about books as George and I are about finding new waterfalls. We do have plenty of waterfall books--but it's much more fun to visit the places described in those books..


FIONA said...

Shellmo, that chair was my birthday present 5 years ago. I love it. I sit in it when my sons practice their music and I read in it when I get a quiet moment.

Betsy,you're right--nothing beats exploring. I love experiencing new places in real-life, too. We travel as much as we can, and for the places I can't go in person ( the past, the arctic, other planets....) I get there with my books.

Annie said...

Hi Fiona,

Enjoyed your cozy post. I'm thankful that we have the same table that is next to your Arts & Crafts chair. It's a great place to keep reading at hand.

FIONA said...

Annie, that little table is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. It is the perfect size for a teacup, a candle, and a book.

Rhondi said...

Hi Fiona
I love books too! Looks like you have some good books there.
Your shelties are beautiful.
Hugs, Rhondi

FIONA said...

Thanks, Rhondi. My shelties are adorable, if I do say so. That picture was taken last week, on bath day.

And thanks of hosting Thankful Thursdays. Each Wednesday since I joined, I have had a great time thinking about all of the things I'm thankful for, and trying to pick JUST ONE, to write about. ;-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love books, too, Fiona, and I know exactly what you mean about being grateful for them. And look at those precious reading partners! They are ADORABLE! You really are the queen of Shelties with two like that. I had a standard collie (as did my husband), and they were the smartest, sweetest dogs on earth. O'Hara could be told "no" one time, and she got it. Smartest dog I've ever owned. And oh, so sweet with those collie faces! Shelties are one of my favorite dogs. :-)



FIONA said...

We have to have the shelties a reading partners, Sheila, because our boys are way too big to snuggle and read together. We do have family reading times--usually when the teenaged drama gets out of hand in our house, and everyone calms down, reads, and relaxes. It's a family time-out.m :-)

I love collies, too, but our home is too small for those super-sized shelties.

hip chick said...

Oh yes books are a perfect thing to be thankful for. I have only just finished reading a good book about Mary Todd Lincoln.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Happy Thankful Thursday. Your reading chair looks so inviting. I love to read also, and there is so much joy in nestling up in a comfy chair, with a cup of tea and a nice book.


Jeanne said...

Fiona, I do love your post about loving books and the places you travel to when reading your latest adventure. I too love books and I have a stack just waiting to be read.
Thanks for sharing about your thankful reading adventures and love of books. It is nice that your family shares the same love of reading.

Your Shelties are so beautiful. I know how they light up your life.


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Hi! You've been tagged! This is a wonderful way for bloggers to get to know each other and pass the word around about our blogs. If you'd like to participate, list 7 things about yourself, weird or wonderful, serious or whimsical...and then tag 7 other bloggers, let them know you've included them, and post their blogs on your blog. Also link back to the person who tagged you. How's that sound? Like fun?

P.S. Your shelties are sooooo beautiful!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Enjoyed my visit with you today, I too love to collect and read books. When we built our home we had two bookcases put in our living room, and I still needed more space.

Loved the pic. of your two Shelties,beautiful just beautiful.

Aleta said...

Great post, Fiona! I share your passion for books. In fact, our home was previously owned by an artist and our current bedroom was his art studio. There are SHELVES on two walls on which he kept his paintings, but those shelves now contain my books. I had them in boxes before and now they all fit on the shelves, along with on a bookcase my father had made for me. No more boxes! Last summer I did clean out books I no longer want to keep (a difficult decision!) and took them to the local library for their sale. So that made room for more books!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Fiona---I got my books today. Thank You so very very much!!!! That was a wonderful giveaway --and you'll never know how much I appreciate it. Can't wait to start reading them!!!!

Lots of Hugs,

Mary said...

Ah...someone else with books piled all over their life :-) What would we do without them? When people talk about the dying of the printed page, I just look at them and wonder, "how?" Most people I know read! I see Brother Cadfael on the those!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

MONDAY---Fiona, Check my blog today. I mentioned you and the books!!!

FIONA said...

hip chick, that sounds like a great book. I am so curious about the lives of the wives of famous men.

Karen, I'll raise my teacup in your honor this afternoon. :-)

Jeanne, watch out for those stacks of books, they can be dangerous. Mine lead to new bookcases to hold them.

Coralie, thanks for tagging me. I've been down with a cold, so this will be a great post for tomorrow.

Sue, thanks for stopping by. Those books do have a way of multiplying, don't they?

Mary, there will always be a demand for printed books. Audio books did not kill the print market, but enhanced it and ebooks will be the same. ANd yes, I do LOVE the Cadfael series. Ellis Peters (oh how I miss her) had such a way of tying together mystery, history, romance, and the frailty of human beings in a wonderful package.

Betsy, I saw your blog post--how sweet. I hope it introduces new readers to Karen Rose's books.

Kris said...

Your Shelties are beautiful! What a photo! I'm off to google the murder event in Chicago.

FIONA said...

Kris, thanks for stopping by. I'm going to talk about the LOVE IS MURDER con this weekend.