This was started 12/29/18
After I returned from breakfast, I contemplated what I should cull next?
It’s a dump day, so I can take whatever outs I want to the dump, today, no hanging around waiting to be disposed of, which is great!
The first piece was a copy of Square Foot Gardening which I haven’t look at in years. Long ago, I started reading Steve Solomon’s writing on growing vegetables and he has a long discussion about the French-style biointensive form of veggie gardening and why it may not be the best idea. I’d read about the biointensive form and it hadn’t worked all that well (including the square foot gardening idea) here. Solomon’s idea is that plants need a healthy root system, not crowding to deal well with stresses insects, diseases, etc. And that made more sense to me than timed and measured planting. It seems to work better here. It isn’t as tidy, but the plants are healthier and I’m convinced that means they’re better for us. Accordingly, I haven’t used the square foot gardening book for some time — so out it goes!
A reprint of The Egg and I soon joined it. I remember the story fondly, but the book isn’t something I’ll reread (or I haven’t for years) and this copy isn’t worth anything on the resale market — out it goes too!
And so on. There are books you’d likely NOT keep that I will.
- A Treastise on Cake Making, a manual for bakers. I’m keeping it to convert some of the recipes and the forms used for inventory and recipes interest me.
- Dahl’s Menu Making for Professionals. Largely kept for much the same reasons as the cake making book. I use professional books to find things which work with the least amount of extra fuss, materials.
And other books I’ll get rid of:
A manual for growing food, wholesale. I’ll offer this to the neighbor with a farm.
A price guide for children’s & illustrated books, offered to a friend who has always had an interest in illustrated books.
A copy of The Song of Roland edited or translated by Dorothy Sayers. I love her Whimsey mysteries, but somehow never read this. I’ll offer it to the neighbor who loves Sayers’ work. . . . None of these were takers, so they went to the swap shop.
DH is working on my Christmas present, a bookcase to replace the stacked small bookcases which currently house books in our upstairs hall.
(It’s that bookcase again from images.google.com)
He originally made the small bookcases so they could be packed beforehand for shows. They worked wonderfully for that. But they’re too narrow to be a really good house bookcase. They wobble when you take a book out — always makes me nervous!
The old show cases are likely to end up in the shed or attic when DH gets the new bookcase made. It’s a built-in, so it won’t be replaced.
Today’s additions 1/8/19:
Annoyingly, the insert a line function seems to be broken here, sigh. Computers haven’t been working for me all day. My primary social media site seems to be down or my account has been hacked. DH thinks it’s the site, and I believe him. But things have just been weird all day.
Today’s culls, so far:
10 books to the swap shop bin, 3 books to the bookstore box, 1 new skein yarn and 1 pair of gloves also to the swap shop.
Found contact info so I can return 2 prints, or at least a place to start, hurrah!
I’m feeling “bloated.” I’ve used up the space I have for sorting things and have no room. I had pulled out boxes for something earlier this week and noticed that the lack of floor space just stopped me cold. I replaced the boxes, but still have no room. I have 1 “floating” box right now, with nowhere to put it, 3/4 full. Filling it will be pretty easy. Finding a place to put it away? That will be hard.
I need a new inspiration, a new idea about where to put sorted, boxed items! My first one put 3 boxes next to the stairs. The next one put 8 boxes in my office. The last one straightened part of a bookcase and found a home for 5 boxes. But until the accumlated culls create enough space that having room to sort, cull and PUT AWAY the items which need that, I am going to keep having this problem.
Utimately, the things I’m keeping which have no home are going in the attic, boxed. Fine. But there’s no room there either….
(This isn’t my home; it’s just how it feels!)