Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Art of Timing


I have no idea where those kids of mine got the idea that I needed another bookshelf, but after supper on Father’s Day, in they walked with a cardboard box that contained the little beauty you see here on the right. It had to be assembled, of course. And so I spent the rest of the evening reliving the toils, troubles, and ultimate success I enjoyed recently with my tall bookcase. Despite the jumbled diagrams, the work went well — until the very end, when once again the neighborhood was treated to a bit of choice vocabulary.



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Now, as you can see, this bookcase is almost full. And to make a place for it, I had to move one of my mother’s old decorative tables to the opposite side of the room, making the parlor that much more crowded. A dramatic improvement, in my opinion. The shelf next to it is the one I bought at Goodwill a few months ago for $7.95. Beyond that is the bookcase my brother and I made for our mother many years ago in a shop class. The books in it are most of those she collected over the years. Where will the next bookcase go? Time will tell.


Update:
In the Forum: up pig’s creep without a saddle.

20 comments:

ALeks said...

This looks mighty!! Great father's day present,you must be proud!
Greetings from Holland and from me of course! :)
and,by the way,link to my blog is not correct anymore,I closed the Wuthering Hights.

William Michaelian said...

Yes, I checked yesterday and saw that it really is gone.... I will take care of the link soon. Thanks, Aleksandra! Books, books, and more books....

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

The bookcase is well done, but most of all I like to hear this beautiful familiar atmosphere there by you with father day present, and kids and mothers table and and and...

very confortable

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Laura. You’re right, there is a story here in every corner....

RUDHI - Chance said...

G.Chr.Lichtenberg said, that, when all trees are cut down for books, we can heat them instead of the missing wood...
Beware! As a lerned carpenter I love solide wooden bookshelfs; tomorrow I'll come to tea, if you don't mind, to check out all your book-treasures, William?

William Michaelian said...

A fine idea, Rudhi. You are welcome. And while you’re here, you can build some more shelves.....

Akeith Walters said...

Bookcases (filled with books especially) are the best. Nice room you have.

Momo Luna said...

Yeah lots of stories, i can't get enough of them William. Again i saw you in my minds eye stumbling around, figuring out what to do next etc.... bit of choice vocabulary and all. ;-) I wish i could hear that, LOL.
I love the bookcases, and i love it that the one in the middle is a bit out of line. :-)

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Gray. And I like it now more than ever. Oddly enough, it makes me want to go out and visit a used bookstore....

Momo Luna — I’m surprised you couldn’t hear me! Oh, and that middle bookcase — his little feet are right in line, but his head and shoulders seem crooked somehow, as if he has bad posture.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Hello there William,

Nothing like a bookcase, nothing like books, nothing like a reader, nothing like your own children who recognize this.

Just dropping in to say — I like the clean machine of your renovated site. I drop in every day, usually when everyone is out for lunch.

all's well, Bob

William Michaelian said...

Hello, Bob. That’s exactly why I leave the door open. One of these days, I hope to catch you when you’re still here. In the meantime, make yourself at home. And thanks for the kind words. In fact, our youngest just returned Trout Fishing in America. It seems not quite all of the books are here at any given time....

Janice said...

William I have been babysitting my little grand-daughter all day and I have only just found the time to drop by! Your terrific children knew the perfect gift for their dad and I just love this photo!!! Such loyal and wonderful friends you have lined up on these shelves...all waiting for their turn to speak to you and wait for your reaction to their words. It's a beautiful and inviting room...

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Janice. Each time I come in here, I love the surroundings all over again. And since a book in the hand is worth two on the shelf, I think I’ll act on that right now....

-K- said...

Is there any law that says bookshelves have to be flush against a wall or, for that matter, perpendicular to the floor?

Alberto Oliver said...

oh, happy father´s day then, sincerely. =) Sorry, the thing is that such a date doesn´t exists in my calendar, have never existed and never will. =)

William Michaelian said...

Well, Kevin, if there were, I would probably break it. In fact, I think I’ll be getting to that point soon.

In that case, Alberto, maybe we should declare an International Bookshelf Day and celebrate that each year.

Inkpunk Artworks said...

William,

Of course, my eye goes towards the layout, the colors, the reflection in the mirror. I love the red chair!

My girfriend is a poet, and our living room looks very similar...shelves and shelves of books. I bet a lot of the same titles too!

Thank you for sharing this!

Brian

William Michaelian said...

You’re welcome, Brian. Glad you like the setup. The red chair belonged to my mother’s father, although it wasn’t red in his day. Lots of history attached to it, and much else in this room. And speaking of books, there are four other bookcases in here, so chances are, some of our titles are indeed the same. Thanks for stopping by!

JforJames said...

William, like your new blog look. And I envy anyone who gets a new bookcase.

At least you haven't had to go these lengths to avail yourself of title...
http://mhpbooks.com/mobylives/?p=16526

Jim F

William Michaelian said...

Ha! — wow. Thanks, Jim. Nor can I imagine myself strapped in for the ride. And I’d probably read a few lines and forget I was up there....

In fact, we’re discussing where to put the next shelf now. But we have to find someone who needs a perfectly good, somewhat dated couch....