Thursday, July 21, 2011

Love at First. . . . . . Bookstore?

I'm as corny as Kansas in August,
High as a flag on the Fourth of July,
If you'll excuse an expression I use,
I'm in love with a wonderful. . . . . . . 


Yes, it's true.  I have found me a new gem right here in my own backyard!

Armed with a stack of books I no longer needed/wanted, a list of literature selections and editions needed for next year's studies, and a hefty dose of caffeine, I set out to conquer the world!

Or at least the fiction section of 2nd and Charles. 

And I'm proud to report. . . .VICTORY!

Let me give you the run down: 

First,  I dropped off a stack of books for them to look at.  Now, they didn't take everything, but I got about $25 total in store credit for the books they did want.  (They also offered me about $11 in cash.  Yup.  Took the store credit.  Obviously.)

Next, I hunted for Emily & Nathaniel's  literature selections for middle and high school.  Here are some of the deals I found. . . . . . 

The Little Prince - list online at $8.65 - 2nd and Charles price. . . . $3.00
Lilies of the Field - online $5.75 - 2nd and Charles price. . . . . $2.10
The Crucible - online $11.45 - 2nd and Charles price. . . . . . $5.40
The Cherry Orchard - online $10.08 - 2nd and Charles price. . . .$0.70

Most of these are current editions, in almost new shape.  We're not talking beat up and musty books here!

So. . . . . here's the final rundown. . . . . 

After store credit, I spent a grand total of about $25.61 on ALL my kids books for literature next year!


I. Heart. 2nd and Charles!

(The downside.  Don't go with kids.  They will find books they HAVE to have.  Also, the organization leaves a little bit to be desired, so if you're in a rush, you'll be frustrated.)

If they had a coffee shop, I'd never leave.

I mean, I'd learn to drink coffee, just for 2nd and Charles.
That's how much I love it.  Seriously.

(The other downside:  There are only 2 locations in the country.  One here.  Come and visit.  Bring your books.  We'll party.)



Friday, July 8, 2011

Tonight's Two Inspirations

from Sally Clarkson:

The measure of a great woman is not her strength, but her reliance on God. Today I read this in my quiet time:
Lord, you have always given bread for the coming day; 
And though I am poor, today I believe.
Lord you have always given strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak, today I believe.
Lord you have always given peace for the coming day,
and though of anxious heart, today I believe.
Lord you have always kept me safe in trials,
and now, tried as I am, today I believe.
Lord, You have always marked the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden, today I believe.
Lord, You have always lightened this darkness of mine;
and though night is here, today I believe.
Lord, You have always spoken when time was ripe;
and though you be silent now, today I believe.

And from another blog I frequent:

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything."

And that's where my heart's at tonight.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Blog Vacation - Kind Of

I know I've promised you, my dear loyal readers, a peek into Tapestry of Grace's wonderful curriculum.

But I've vowed to put all homeschooling thoughts away from me - far, far away - for these few precious days of vacation.   As Monty Python famously said:

"And Now for Something Completely Different!"

Vacation pictures.

Just a few of my favorites.  That's all.  Enjoy!  I sure am. . . . . .

Amy & her Dad at the beach

Sisters hanging together

Kat was pressed into service reading - and gathered a crowd around her

Emily's passion - sorting shells

Cute nephew action!

Drawing in the sand, looking for hermit crabs

Sweet Mo brings Auntie Heather a present - a Tar Ball!!!!

My favorite shot so far :)

(And don't worry, I'll be back to my regularly scheduled, witty, interesting homeschool blogging. . . . . . . soon.)