Sabi Saturday, Week 21

Sabi Saturday, Week 21

Sabi Saturday Linkup Week 21

Show how you love, treasure, reuse or creatively transform things that may be a bit worn but nevertheless is still useful/beautiful and have character or history.

As you know while I post on Saturdays, the blog hop is open for the whole week so feel free to share any time during the week. Add your link at the bottom of the post. I do moderate the links to avoid spam so it may take up to 24 hours for the link to show.

  • the vintage/antique items handed down or we “rescue” from garage sales and thrift stores so they don’t end up in a trash bin
  • items we’ve upcycled instead of throwing them away
  • items we’ve repaired in a transformative way to make them more beautiful or cooler than before
  • process or tutorials on how we upcycled or repaired something to make something new, more beautiful, or cooler

Sabi Saturday Linkup Week 20 Roundup

First the roundup of 2020 from Week 20 posted the week of February 15, 2020:

15andMeowing  shared her Nanny doll.  Do you remember the show “The Nanny”?  I do. I didn’t know they had made a doll of her.

SketchingWords showed the fossils in the rock her husband and daughter found.  Wow! What a find!

Cactus Catz went to a big Tucson gem/rock event and picked up a couple of fossils. I loved the way they repurposed them into jewelry and a box.

This week’s my Sabi Saturday contribution:

Lately every time I go to the library, I stop by the Friends of the Library cart to see what they have for sale.  I always seem to walk away with one or two.

I take the bus to the library. It’s nice because I can read while I ride.  I just started reading “The Persian Always Meows Twice “, a murder mystery by Eileen Watkins starring a cat groomer.  You can tell the author obviously owns cats.  I love this passage describing Cassie the heroine’s home, pg 27:

You could call my decorating style Tabby Chic.  The furniture covers were washable and livendd up with a few pastel fleece throws.  The beige-tweed rugs were a synthetic indoo/outdoor material for easy cleaning.  The room’s main window faced southeast toward the street, so I grew a few plants on the deep sill that were nontoxic to cats and didn’t much appeal to them.  I used pull-down shades instead of long draperies that would tempt climbers.  Since I would never declaw, I kept a couple of tall, sturdy, sisal-covered scratching osts near the sofa and the upholstered chair.

I love that passage. Tabby Chic! Looks at the way Pinkie and Midnight have redecorated my house.  Yep, I think I’m going Tabby Chic too.  Well maybe we’re just Shabby Tabby Chic. Laughing.

While I was at the library, I picked up “The Yokota Officers Club“, another mystery.  I couldn’t believe it.  I thought it would be Yokota Air Force Base where we were stationed in Japan when I was a kid but it’s actually set on Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa.  We were there too when I was from age 3 to 5. Both my brothers are born there.  I was almost born there too because that’s where my mom and dad met.  She’s Okinawan and was working as a keypunch operator on base.

Of course, I had to nab “Homer’s Odyssey“. Gwen adopts an abandoned blind 3-week-old kitten.  Reading the back, I was instantly grabbed by “Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever.” But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo with a giant heart who eagerly made friends withe very human who crossed his path.  Homer scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease, survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen’s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night.  But it was Homer’s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that transformed Gwen’s life.” Besides, honestly, I buy just about any cat book that shows up on that cart. There are not that many though.

The Horse Boy: A Memoir of Healing” is another nonfiction book that sounded intriguing.  Rupert is dealing with an autistic son, Rowan. Then “On a walk near their home one day, Rowan dodged benath a fence and ran under the hooves of a neighbor’s horse, a testy mare named Betsy.  Instead of trampling him, the mare dipped her head and stood perfectly still — a moment of profound beauty and revelation. Rupert saw his distant, unreachable son had a real connection with the horse.  Rupert began taking Rowan for rides on Betsy and soon Rowan started to speak and to improve remarkably.”  He takes his son to ride across Outer Mongolia and to see the shamans there.  You can see why the book grabbed my interest.  It was a steal: a $24.99 hardcover for $2. (When I looked up the link on Amazon, I found out The Horse Boy is also a documentary. To see the documentary prices, click on “more purchase options”.  For me, “Watch Now” button is unclear on pricing. Book prices are much clearer)

I also pick up Southwest books and of course cookbooks. Those pickings today were “Desert Mornings – Tales of Coffee, Cactus & Chaos“, “The Spice Box: A Vegetarian Indian Cookbook“, and “The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook“.  I also got Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living: expert advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. It sounded good although I do have concerns about a book written by a committee of scientists.  I’ll read the cat and horse book before this one though.

I read the library books at home but take in the books I buy to work to read at break. Since I lost one library book on Uber on the ride home (I dozed a little), I don’t bring library books to work any more. Every book was either $2 or $3.  What a deal! It helps the library buy more books in these days when the book section of the library budget keeps dropping and gives the used books a new home.  Packs my backpack to take them home on the bus and the half mile walk home.  Second bonus is I get to burn calories getting them home, lol.

(Affiliate Note: the books link to Amazon and I’m an affiliate.  I may get a commission if you click a link and buy something but may not.  Amazon doesn’t allow you to have friends and family buy from your links and honestly I think blog regulars get lumped in as friends.  It’s ironic because they want people with a large following to sign up as an affiliate on social media but then they disallow some of the follower buys.  So I’ve seen some complaints by people on social networks. And blog regulars do become friends so I understand it’s a fine line.  I’ve seen a couple buys that I don’t get credit for. What Amazon seems to want is for people to randomly come visit you one time from google or wherever and then click on your Amazon link which works for websites but is not really what blogging is about.  So I see the links asa service to make it easier for you in case you are interested in looking further at something — just as the Amazon search bar link is entertaining for me as I like to see what comes up with search terms. It makes me laugh sometimes. I earned $0 this month so far so it’s not about me making money.  Still it’s nice to make a dollar here and there — what they would call “pin money” in the old days.  Ebay tends to have used books cheaper than Amazon here in the USA but their links have a much shorter life. Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.”)

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