A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Buried in Books

Embarrassing confession:  I realized when I uploaded this week's pictures, I don't have any shots of the girls to share.  

I feel like I'm learning a lot of new things with this library project.  This week, it was compu-surgery.  I bought a cue cat scanner and barcode labels.  

Only to get the cue cat to display the coded number instead of the coding, you have to disconnect a pin.  

Josiah assumed I'd need help with this, but I actually did it myself in the end.  

See the "big" square?  With the pins coming off the side?  I had to sever one of those pins--without destroying any of the others.  

Those suckers are tiny, and surprisingly durable.  But I managed in the end, and I've been applying and scanning barcodes amok.  

Right this minute, I have 1,642 books inventoried, and 325 of those are totally ready to shelve.  Which means I have piles and piles of books in various stages of processing.  Everywhere.  (The school, our school room, my bedroom.)  

In all my obsessing about running a library, I realized I'm going to have a bulletin board!  So I started thinking about various themes and I fired up Crikey to make one.  

You know that verse in the Bible that admonishes you not to start building a house without counting the cost?  I'm just sure there's a crafting corollary:  Don't start a project before checking to see if you have elephant gray cardstock.  

I'm grateful for next day prime delivery.  My letters spell out, "WILD ABOUT BOOKS."  

A friend of mine was road tripping up the coast and spent a night parked here.  She needed to make some modifications to the a/c setup in the camper, so Paul got to get the blowtorch out.  

It was fun to see her, as it's been several years.  

I picked up some "post garage sale" books from a homeschool family in town.  

A few of them will go to the homeschool sale next month, but most will go to the library.  

The girls haven't finished the current puzzle yet, and Grumman isn't helping.  We came down one morning and found pieces all over the floor.  

What I say:  "I need to do my lesson planning for tomorrow's tutoring session."  
What Grumman hears:  "Nap on tutoring books.  Look cute and immovable."

We spent 3 days at the school this week.  If you look close, you can see that 2 of the shelves are stickered, and the rest have a bookend in front of them.  

5 more stickered shelves.  We use the bookend in front to indicate a shelf that has been looked through and currently contains only unscannable books.  Our milestone this week is that all the shelves have now been gone through in a cursory check for barcodes on back covers.  Now all the books that can be scanned, have been scanned.  

There's a saying in the Air Force mom community, "Find a dime, your airman is fine."  I'm not superstitious, but in going through the new totes of books we picked up, I spotted a dime, and it made me smile.  

You know your cat is spoiled when you won't close a drawer because he's drinking, and you don't want to disturb him.  

Grumman has been "helping" with the library project quite a bit lately.  I'm pretty sure there's cat hair permanently adhered to at least a few books.  

Our collection of readers is growing!  I'm a little sad that I got rid of so many over the past few years.  I had 2 baskets and a plastic shoebox full of them at one point.  

Miss Quito, 

Miss Oslo, 

and Miss Cairo have all gone back to the shelter.  I'm sure they'll get scooped up as soon as they're altered.  It's not as hard to let go this year.  Either 3 kittens is more work than 2 kittens, or I'm really distracted by other things, or both, but I'm okay with them leaving.  Especially right before Annaliese comes for a visit, since she's allergic to cats.  


  1. I have weeks without pics of my kids, too. It's okay. At least that's what I tell myself. :)

    What wonderful accomplishments! You're going to have the cutest library ever.

    And I'm glad you found the dime.

    1. Thank you! I have so many ideas swirling around in my head. I hope I remember them all when the time comes, lol.