Saturday, November 6, 2010


This morning after swimming lessons, we went to the first Christmas craft sale of the year held at the local church.  The countdown to Christmas can now officially begin.  After having a snack and visiting the children's treasure room where items were 25 cents, my three men promptly abandoned me.  Abandoned me in the sense that they went home, leaving me alone.  By myself.  At a church sale.  Alone.  So much fun.  My first stop was the Spirit of Christmas Past room where I found these little ones who will be joining us for many Christmases to come.

My next stop was at the "Nearly New" book room.

Several good finds here.  A Paddington bear book.  A book of Greek myths and gods.   Not that I need another copy of Pride and Prejudice but I couldn't resist this small hard cover edition with hand written notes in the margins.  Oh, flipping through this book, I just found a piece of paper with information about polio vaccinations.  The book that I am really excited about is the book on the bottom of the pile:  Speaking Canadian English.

  Said the famous Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock: "I myself talk Ontario English; I don't admire it, but it's all I can do; anything is better than affectation."   I cannot wait to read this book.  I have always been interested in language.  Can't wait to get to Chapter 8: Slang.

Having been abandoned meant I had to walk home and it was a beautiful day for a walk.  I bought a couple of other things but I think I'll share those on another day.  I'm going to end this post with a picture from my walk home.  These berries were too pretty to not take a picture or two of them.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day! There are certain places it is absolutely wonderful to be "abandoned" in. Had a good laugh seeing the "How to Speak Canadian English"'ll have to let me know how it is. :-D

  2. A nice indulgence. You have found some great treasures!

  3. That book is hilarious, you will have to keep us posted about how to Speak Canadian, especially the slang! I wonder if I speak Canadian, eh?

  4. My husband was puzzled as to why I would buy the Speaking Canadian book. I asked, "How could I not?"

  5. I'm very intrigued by that book - I hope you share more interesting tidbits as you come across them. Beautiful berries too - do you know what kind?

  6. I think those berries are bittersweet, which is an invasive species and tends to choke out the other foliage.

    Doesn't stop them from being pretty though! Just about the only bright color left out there this time of year.

  7. Thank you, Heather, for letting us know what kind of berries they are. Invasive species tend to be so pretty, making it difficult to be mad at them, don't they? I'm thinking of purple loosestrife (?) in particular.


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