Weekend Coffee Share: Camping & Old Books

If we were having coffee, I would first tell you that I’ve been pretty absent from the blogosphere over the past couple of weeks and that I have missed you.  Things have been pretty busy in Amelia land–I’ve barely opened my laptop in the past few weeks.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I went camping last weekend with my friend, Maddie.  We spent two nights camping on the North Shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota.  Well, I say camping… we actually stayed in my great-uncle’s secluded cabin in the woods.  We had a roof over our heads, but it was fairly primitive.  We cooked over a fire, had to walk for water, use a biffy, and there were no other residences in sight.  It was an introvert’s paradise!

We spent the weekend hiking to waterfalls through the pine woods and climbing around boulders and cliffs on the shore of Lake Superior.  It was peaceful and refreshing–good for the soul.  I wrote a post about the trip, which you should definitely check out.

It felt so good to get away from home, sleep somewhere else, and (yes) not shower for days.  Sometimes, a break from routine is just what is needed.  Aside from a couple of trips to visit friends in nearby cities, I really haven’t gone anywhere since returning from Europe at the end of April.  I’m glad I could squeeze a mini-vacation in there.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that being a librarian seems to suit me very well.  I’m starting to establish relationships with my patrons beyond “Yes, I’m new.  Nice to meet you.”  There are a lot of nice people in the community and I’m happy to get to know them.

I’m finding that being a librarian has its perks.

This past week, an elderly lady stopped by and donated a collection of very old, very beautiful books.  There is a six-volume set of Dickens from 1870 and a complete works of Shakespeare from 1890.  Our library policy is that donations that are not suitable to be added to the general collection (these are not) either get added to the uncatalogued paperback section (these don’t fit) or are added to the sale rack.  The donator was not too thrilled at the concept of the set being broken up or going to a home where they will not be cared for.  I told her quite frankly that I would be more than happy to care for them myself.  She was very thankful about that and told me that they were mine.  I put the Dickens on display right away.  Eventually, I will put in a donation to the library in our “sale” section and take the whole collection home with me.


If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it is now time for me to go.  I have plans to go to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with a friend and am running late.  There is so much more I wish I could tell you, but that will have to wait until next week.

In the meantime, while I scurry off, please take a moment to tell me how you have been doing.  How was your week?  What would you share over coffee?

8 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Camping & Old Books

  1. Pamela Morse September 18, 2016 / 11:22 am

    This is lovely. Everyone wins in this situation..especially the books!

    • Amelia September 19, 2016 / 9:03 am

      Yes indeed!! 🙂

  2. Lindsey September 18, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Your camping trip sounds lovely! I camped all throughout my childhood, but sadly, I married a man that has zero desire to be out in the wilderness, lol!

    The old books are so neat! I actually would love to be a librarian. For now I’m a Virtual Assistant to a food blogger, and an administrative assistant, but I would totally love to work at the library:)

    Have a great week!

    • Amelia September 20, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Lindsey, for the great comment! That’s too bad your husband isn’t wilderness-friendly. Hopefully, you’ll have the chance to get out there with friends or something and relive those childhood memories. 🙂
      Libraries really are great places to work. I highly recommend them. Being an assistant to a food blogger sounds cool, too! I bet you learn lots!

  3. bettylouise31 September 18, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Sometimes there is no place for this old books. Books on the shelf can easily disappear. I am happy you are settling in your new job.

    • Amelia September 19, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Thanks, Betty!

  4. Tori September 21, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Glad you are doing well and enjoying the new job. Your camping trip sounds like it was a lovely time, by the way.

    • Amelia September 21, 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks, Tori! It really was a fantastic camping trip–just what I needed to get ready for what is turning out to be a busy fall. 🙂

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