Monday, May 26, 2014

Five Good Things

Built, installed, loaded, and open! The Bird House Library is here!

Our grand opening was a success. We had neighbors, family, friends, even some dogs, come to warm things up with books, great food, stories, and enthusiasm for the Little Free Library. We had cute woodland creature book marks from Lia Griffith, printed out, for party favors. Lemonade and cookies, as promised, and even a ribbon cutting.

I carried my camera around, and thought I would definitely document every precious moment... but apparently I was too caught up in the festivities to do much picture-taking. I got our bookmarks, and the Library waiting for the celebration, and the big reveal, with Izzy, and Maria and all those great books... thanks to Holly!

Some friends couldn't make the event, and Maria was so distracted running and playing in the backyard, she missed a bit of the pomp and circumstance. I assured Maria... this is only a beginning, and more celebrations, play, sharing, exchanges, and library stewardship is in store for all of us.

Good Things...

1. Rebecca, Eunice, and Delia finished everything to do with selling the Pasadena home, and are already comfortably resting from the first leg of the drive to Oregon.

2. Everyone that came to the Bird House Library opening added greatly to the success of the celebration... helping and sharing, and being perfectly enthused for this dear venture! Thank you, all!

3. Our many, many home improvement chores, and fixer-up projects are coming together, and progressing... we are wired for lighting at the gate, and have lights along the driveway... less stumbling in total darkness, yeah!

4. It's Memorial Day... a good time to reflect with gratitude and respect for the women and men, the first responders, the activists, the diplomats, and military, who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in service, to our country.

5. We have this day, free, and open for doing things we enjoy.

Do you have plans for the day, something you enjoy doing? I'd love to hear what good things you see.


Maria said...

I want to go have frozen yogurt, be with my family, ad have fun with our new free little library!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Those sound like some very good things.

Anna Banana said...

1. Tasting blueberries, strawberries, and tomatoes from the garden. Not much makes it into the kitchen!
2. Smelling the fading star jasmine.
3. Petting my beauty cat, Patrick.
4. Binge watching Louie (counts as seeing and hearing).
5. Having good thoughts for more success commenting than last week!

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Our only plans are to soak up the CA sunshine and count our blessings that we're able to be back in our CA home again. Oh and to be thankful that our interstate drive was uneventful and safely completed. :-)

Fantastic little library! What type of books are you putting in there? Will there be seasonal themes etc?

Anna Banana said...

it was my bad last week, didn't scroll down to the verification!

Janece said...

It was such a treat to be a part of the Little Free Library christening! We drove by it today so that Paul and Amira could see it -- they oo'ed and aw'ed! Paul thinks it needs 'Little Free Library' painted or somehow placed on it. I'm guessing that may already be in the works.

I'm late in replying but today was lovely.

1) My parents pulled into their new town and were walking around their new home... taking down notes of things they want to do. They were giddy and I couldn't be happier for them.
2) I got my Paul and Amira back home. They were bright-eyed full of stories about their adventures... things done and seen. We found ourselves wanting to plot a shared trip with the Vans back to The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Gardens! 3) I finished my 2nd painting and the client is happy! Whew! 4) The house is 75% clean-ish... and laundry is 90% done! and last but not least 5) my patio is turning into a haven, a place I love to be!

Janece said...

OH! And I forgot to say -- Amira LOVES the bookmark!! She thought they were beyond adorable and just wonderful!! She thought about yelling at the top of her lungs from our driveway in the hopes that maybe you could hear her gratitude. ;)

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...


Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

PS An official sign is coming!

Anonymous said...

This is just the most wonderful idea and fulfillment of it - inspiring and heartwarming and comforting, to read about families who are community-minded book-lovers crossing the generations. On behalf of humanity, Thank you!!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Well, thank you! We feel lucky to have this chance to share. And sharing is what makes life rich!