beloved friends

This picture is fun, there are so many wonderful adventures shown here.  The cats, curious creatures, are not aware of the books behind them.  The eclectic nature of these books reflect our lives.  Some of the titles include “Archeology”, “After the King” (a collection of stories in honor of JR Tolkien), “Everything sold in gardening centers”, “Atlas of the world”, “Downbelow Station”, “Flatland”, “Ramona”, “CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics”, “Antarctica”, and “The Art of Walt Disney”.  I’ve read most of them multiple times.  Some of the more obscure ones, like the CRC handbook, I’ve used to solve problems.  Daydreamed about visiting foriegn places, studied art, lived romantic lifetimes.  Most of the time, with a cat at my side.  Here, I have two cats.

We are drowning in books and I’ve been trying to purge them.  To be honest, many of them I’ve not looked at in a long time.  But still, it breaks my heart to get rid of the books.  I know that my life would probably be better with less clutter.  But I like the chaos and possibilities of the full shelves.  And these books won’t be same read on a tablet if they even get translated to electronic form.

So is it better to keep the dreams and clutter?  Or would an open space invite even more creativity by begging to be filled?  It takes space and work to maintain the books.  I’m not using them and want many new books as well.  They are a dying art form; everyone wants electronic books instead.  And if there was an empty space, I could fill it with new art and new books and new dreams.  The answer is not clear.  So I’ll hold on to as many as possible and try to get new ones as well.  Its probably just as well that Bob is more ruthless than me at getting rid of stuff.

Photo Dec 08, 7 34 11 PM

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

1 thought on “beloved friends”

  1. I truly understand your relationship with your books. I have my own wall of “friends” just sitting, watching over me, yet beckoning and available at any given moment to share hours of quality time together. They provide complete unconditional love. However, when we release anything from our lives, it is an open invitation for new, perhaps better, things to enter, things, adventures, places that inspire new thoughts, which in turn may enhance our current existence. Aren’t you curious to know what awaits you?

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