Sunday, March 11, 2012

~ Sunday Salon: Time to 'Spring Ahead' ~

Happy Sunday! I wasn’t quite ready to lose an hour of sleep but the weather is so nice here it feels like Spring has already arrived! I think it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted a Sunday Salon. Last Sunday I took my 11-year old neighbor to the Flea Market. I spent a few hours pouring over books while she investigated booths and tables of toys. We both expected she’d have to drag me out of the market but I actually had to coax her to leave. Candy and ice cream are great bribes when you’re eleven! (and very yummy at my age, too!)

The cats are loving the warm, sunny weather. They have a lot more energy especially Lola and Edgar who chases anything that moves. Even Bob has wanted to play this week. I woke up the other morning to a tremendous racket. Bob was chasing a ball across the floor and ran into my portable oxygen they crashed around him, he ran away, still chasing the ball right under the bed where he hid for a while! Edgar found a Badminton shuttlecock (I always call it a ’birdie’) outside and brought it inside to play’s become his favorite toy. It seems out of place in this part of Brooklyn. I just don’t see Badminton as being a popular activity here but, apparently, somebody, other than Edgar, likes to play! Edgar stares at the birdie and stares and stares at it, suddenly it flies into the air, Edgar jumps as high as he can, his little furry body quivering and twisting in the air! Once he gets the birdie, he runs outside and plays in the grass with it for hours. I love watching him - he's so focused and absorbed in his game and enjoying it so much!

I'm thinking I might open an online used/rare bookstore. I need to bring in some money - cats eat a lot! - and I could also use a job or activity that helps me feel productive. Not working has bothered me for a long time...basically since I left my job and went on disability which was many years ago. This venture may not work out especially because of the popularity of e-readers and e-books. I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit and I figure the only way I’ll know for sure is if I try! Maybe I’ll find a way to sell e-books at some point, too. So, although I’m not 100% sure of this, I’m leaning towards it and I feel excited about the idea.

I haven’t read much this weekend, so far, and I’m not quite sure why but I'm getting that desperate feeling I get when I haven't done much reading in a day or two. So today some reading is a priority! I’m hoping to finish The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore and read more of Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kauffman. I have reviews of some great books coming up the end of this month and beginning of April including The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson and The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng so I have some reading to do. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can read outside while working on my tan! Lol

What are you up to today? What good books are you reading?
Enjoy your day and have a great one!


  1. It's always harder to "spring ahead", isn't it? Just like your cats, Zelda seems has spring fever, too... she is suddenly full of energy again. It's funny to watch. It was a slow reading and blogging week for me. Hopefully the week ahead will be more productive. Have a good one, Amy!

  2. That springing ahead really screwed us up today. We missed church, I'm hungry and it is only 4:00, and I'm not far from wanting to go to bed! haha

    You should reach out to Jackie Bailey (Farm Lane Books) because she earns a living selling books online through Amazon. She would be able to give you some tips.

    Isn't Susan Greg Gilmore an amazing author? I love her to pieces.

  3. Thge Garden of Evening Mists is a book I'd love to read. Looking forward to your comments.

  4. My cat is loving the spring time too, he is spending most of his day outside in the garden chasing bugs at the moment :)

    I think an online used book shop is a great idea! Could you link up with abe books?

  5. I'm not a big fan of springing ahead. I'm not a big fan of anything that deprives me of sleep. And I say that you should try the book store … what do you have to lose? You can sell books via Amazon and they take a cut but you reach a big audience. You might want to check it out.

  6. I took a 2 hour nap yesterday afternoon knowing I'd be losing an hour felt good. Our cats are being more playful as well with the warmer weather and occasion windows opened.

    Good luck with the book venture. I sold books years ago and did pretty well, so I hope it works for you.

    Have a nice week.

  7. I am a tiny bit grouchy over the time change even though it means longer days. I am usually ready for my day to end... now it's longer. LOL.

    Good luck with the book biz. I wish you all the luck. You could also consider a pet sitting business.. where they bring the pets to you. I know no one who treats them any better.

  8. I think selling through Amazon or B&N would bring in some money with no risk. Good luck!

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