Bye bye books

Five cases of books hauled down from the attic. Some ten percent pulled out to keep, the rest boxed up to give away. I feel lighter already! Meanwhile, paths have been cleared in the garage. I swept out the dead leaves. Access has been created to gardening supplies. Just saying “gardening” in my head gives me a little jolt of joy.

I opened up the packet of my sister’s etching plates and was surprised to find these two. There are no associated prints, that I know of. I’ll be keeping these. Students of the Tarot will recognize The Magician.

20 thoughts on “Bye bye books

  1. Nancy

    Wow those etchings! You must be feeling better to clean books and leaves! Yay! Love the lil mushroom…we have one too, that made the move. I remember asking those in Jr. High 🙂

  2. Joanne

    My son picked up the second of the commander books the last time he visited as he needed something to read . I offered to buy him more but got no reply. Seeing them all…..sigh. I wonder if he did read the others?
    Printmaking was my favorite of the art classes. Those are lovely images and you should pull prints. In my humble opinion .

    Making your soup tomorrow bought potatoes and cabbage—-had beans and tomatoes in the cupboard.

    1. deemallon

      I took printmaking in high school. Made a couple of basic etchings. Wish I’d done litho. I think I would’ve liked it better.

      All those Patrick O’Brien books are at the library, of course.

      Finished your recommended historic fiction: “The Confessions of Jenny Langton.” Thank you. It was really good.

  3. Liz A

    etching and printing processes have long mystified me … but heaven forbid I should try to cram more information into my head! I’ll just look forward to seeing what you do with this (and other?) plates

    meantime, I found it a great relief to unload books last year … especially those that belonged to my dad, as I realized they were his favorites, not mine

      1. Cheryl Fillion

        Those chem engineering books might be useful to some young engineers. My husband offered a bunch of his and his father’s on civil and mechanical to the young engineers at his office when he retired, and they were fascinated by some. Even though they have so much at their fingertips online, a lot of the older information was never digitized. Every book was gone by the end of the day.

        1. deemallon

          Well I’ll suggest that to K. They’re beautiful books, for one thing. And for another, it’s not as if the rules of chemistry have changed.

  4. Saskia van Herwaarden

    I do like that second etching plate, also, I so enjoy seeing the images one after the other, how you notice certain things and let us share, meaningful somehow
    sorry for telegraph-style, my brain’s fried;-)
    hurray for Spring, yay to gardening and Yes! to tidying up

      1. Saskia van Herwaarden

        yep, was at my parents’ house…..heavy duty care-giving…you know the drill…my mood swings back and forth and then some….
        I am relieved to read you are feeling better physically, how are you feeling after super tuesday’s results?
        I hope for your sake ( as well as mine ) a suitable candidate will triumph over T.

  5. ravenandsparrow

    It feels so good to let go of the weight of things, although I had a momentary resistance to the loss of all those Patrick O’Briens. More power to you. Finding your sister’s plates is like a creative tickle…new possibilities.

    1. deemallon

      Kondo talks about saving collections. This is surely a collection. But it takes up a lot of space and K won’t read them again and I won’t probably ever, so… We did keep all the old Boy Scout books, two of my astrology books, a Hawthorne, and a bunch of hard bound classics like Lorna Doone.


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