42 and Counting…


Tuesdays are always busy and FULL at our house.  I teach a high school history class in the morning while the boys have piano lessons.  Then I take Larisa to piano and have 30 minutes to get my TO-DO list completed.  Today’s list included the library and the post office.  First stop was the US Mail house… and when I pulled in the parking lot I noticed a huge handmade sign of cardboard taped to ropes that were marking off a landscaped area near the front door.  Come to find out, there is a large saguaro cactus about 25 feet tall holding a nest in its arms.  There was a Great Horned owl mama and her fluffy babies.  The sign read:  “Ladders on Post Office grounds prohibited.”  Now, you know me, … wondering if they made that up for the owls or if someone really did think that one day small town citizens would bring their ladders to the post office and cause a disturbance?  Anyway, I enjoyed viewing some of God’s creatures on government land.

Next stop the library.  Now, don’t get me going about the library.  I’ve written here before about the height of my frustration with the county library being in the public high school.  Grrrrrrr.  Anyway, it wasn’t that bad today…. it wasn’t early dismissal, there was no fire alarm, etc.  I was in and out rather quickly.  Wait!  I forgot the good news of the day!  Back track with me for a moment, at the writer’s conference in 2006 I met a budding new author named Allison Pittman who had just signed a contract for a three-book deal with Multnomah publishing house.  Impressive, to say the least.  I bought Ten Thousand Charms, her first book, at the convention and almost finished it on the flight home.  It was truly written with my three loves in mind:  1850s, romance and endless unpredictable peril.  I waited impatiently for #2 to come out in 2007… and today, as I browsed the New Books section of the library I came upon #3!!!  I didn’t realize it was out yet.  It’s titled With Endless Sight.  Can’t wait to dive into it and forget the here and now.

Upon returning to gather my children from piano lessons (the BOYS stayed to have a tea party?????) I decided that they too needed to see the owls, so back to the post office I drove.  Then I discovered that the ONE book that was due today was still in the car…. so back to the library I drove.  Just your typical Tuesday.  Will the thrills never end???

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5 Responses to “42 and Counting…”

  1. morethananelectrician Says:

    That is a bad place to have the library…especially for a homeschool family. It might be a good place to go to realize why you homeschool. I cna see some cost savings to having it there, but that is about all.

  2. rixgal Says:

    Exactly! I’ve had to explain many wild and weird things to my kids because of the location of the library. The day we had to step over a condom and then a liquor bottle in the parking lot was the day the library director met Linda Ann Crosby, disgruntled homeschooling mother.

  3. Allison Pittman Says:

    I have to tell you, I’m thrilled to know that my books are in your public school library! I hope the story does not disappoint…You’ll have to let me know!

  4. rixgal Says:

    OK, that was cool.

  5. Jennie C. Says:

    Ms. Pittman’s website is SO pretty. I can’t believe you drove to the library 3 times. And it’s at a High School? *shudder* I love the library. I make friends with the librarians and I go at pretty much the same time each week. I hit two different library systems, one in my home town and one in my work town. Yesterday when I went in after lunch, instead of at my coffee break, they got after me for being late. I think they missed me.

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