I got my dossier for Sock Wars.  My target lives in Vermont and should not worry overly much.  She is retired and I'm glad that I'm not her target since she has discovered sock knitting recently and is loving it.  She's probably a much faster knitter than I.

On Friday on our way home, we stopped at our local shopping center (formerly a mall but has downsized and added apartments and become a 'town center').  We generally stay out of there because there aren't any stores that we really like.  The Borders Express was going out of business and had things at 70% off.  Who can resist a bookstore sale?  Not me.  We found a huge Dilbert collection (Pk and I are avid comics readers.  He says it's because we don't take life too seriously), a new Patricia Cornwell Scarpetta book (called The Scarpetta Factor), a small bag covered with animated super pets which will hold a knitting project for on the go knitting, a new notebook with monsters on it for work, and a calendar.  All for less than 50 dollars.  I've been reading the Kay Scarpetta books for years and even though I think the series is not as good as it was, I coldn't resist the newest one. 


While we were in the shopping center, we walked past the Hallmark store.  They were also having a sale.  We walked in and there on the shelf was one of my very favoritest books.  It's called We're Going on a Bear Hunt (M. Rosen).  When the girls were small, we would make trips to the library at least once a week.  We would load up on books and then everyone would read.  I got this one out once and forever after it became one of my favorite books to check out.  The story is very simple but the repetitive bits are addictive.  If all of my girls are in the same area and I say "we're going on a bear hunt", someone will say "we're gonna catch a big one", someone else will say, "what a beautiful day" and finally "we're not scared".   I've read a lot of books for children and for a while my book shelf was overflowing with children's books.  As the girls got older, I gave many of them away but kept my favorites.  The Velveteen Rabbit and all of the Mercer Meyer Little Critter books (especially Me, too).    And now I have this one.  Someday I'll have little ones to sit next to me on the couch and I'll say "we're going on a bear hunt" and it will start all over again.  What fun.

I got a yarn package in the mail yesterday from Roxanne at art walk sock yarn club.  I haven't posted  about these lately but they just keep getting better and better.  Last month was a red package and this month is cool blues.  They are almost too beautiful to knit with but I will use them.  I'm not a 'yarn for yarn sake' kinda person.

It took all day yesterday to put away the decorations and the tree and clean up the house.  Pk and Elanor brought in shelves and we set up the boxes so they're easily accessible for me and much neater.  They used to be stored in the garage/workshop but now they'll be out of Pk's way.  I did the laundry and got my hair cut.  Today, I'm going to set up the space heater and spin in the sunshine.  Although now that I have an Ott light, I should be able to spin any time of day.  I still like the sunshine best.

And we've got sunshine forcast all week.  It's January sunshine and there's not much warmth in it.  But after all the clouds and rain of the fall, it's lovely.

Have an enjoyable Sunday.

Comments

Jeanne said…
I'm just catching up on blogs - Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a very nice new year - can you share the baked bean recipe (yum!)

Enjoy the sun today - and enjoy spinning!
Galad said…
I purchased an Ott light but haven't set it up yet. I'm working on some counted cross stitch for Rowan so hope it will help me see the tiny stitches!
Louiz said…
Sounds like a nice haul at the sales - we love the Bearhunt book. Mr Rosen is a (or was a, I can't remember) Children's Laureate here, and the version we have has a cd at the back with him reading it. It's lovely:)
Rose Red said…
Excellent lot of book purchasing! I'm really looking forward to reading to my baby, I don't remember mum and dad reading to me, but I was an avid reader from as early as I can remember, so they must have!
Bezzie said…
Is that a song/chant too? That's how I know Bear Hunt.
Roxie said…
Another wonderful weekend. Congratulations! Spinning in the sunshine sounds divine. What a clever girl you are to set up the space heater. January sunshine is more promise than power, but the promise is so enheartening!
Bells said…
I love the Bear Hunt book! I remember that! And I think the idea of the four of you quoting it is just adorable!
amy said…
We have that particular version, too, and my kids and I think the bear looks very sad at the end, like he was so excited to finally have people come all that way to see him, and then they got scared, when really, he just wanted some friends for company. I hate how sad he looks.
Amy Lane said…
Isn't it funny how those things will stay with you for the longest time? I've got the Little Critter books memorized by heart!
Olivia said…
The bear hunt book is a classic. My nephews and niece love it too. We have family sayings from books too - eg "I will never dig holes under your fence again" as an all-purpose apology (Little Golden book, the Poky Little Puppy).
AnnBan said…
Oh, I'm so glad I've found another adult who loves Mercer Meyer's Little Critter! I started buying them for my DD, who's now closer to 30 than to 20. I haven't given them away! It's so nice that I'm not alone....

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