“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”
— Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard
“Insights don’t usually arrive at my desk, but go into notebooks when I’m on the move. Or half-asleep.” -Hilary Mantel
At some point over the last few years I lost my desire to read. I blame vision issues. But I suspect that spending the majority of my time in hospitals or at home caring for others impacted my ability to hold on to any interest in a book I might try to read. I had to find contentment in reading to five year old Beej. And read, I did.
Then a book by my favorite author was released. And I noticed a biography of an actress whose movies I loved. Without warning, I found myself back in the game. Instead of spending time jumping from one social media account to another or shopping on Amazon, I look forward to participating in a reading challenge and READING!
My hope is that with reading, my writing will come out of hibernation. Then I will have to start poring through my notebooks and decipher the notes of ideas, dialogue, character and more that I’ve been jotting down!
See Speak Hear
And so it all begins…
You don’t see too many cats sitting up like this.
My 2nd Cat-
This might come as a surprise to you but I don’t collect cats. Not anymore. I began collecting cats when I was 10 years old. The green blown glass cat (the middle cat on the top row) was my first. About five years ago I let it be known that while I appreciated all the cute cat gifts, I was also kind of over it and all catted out. I went so far as to pack the majority of my cat collection away. And yet when I looked around today, I spotted at least 12 cats lurking around the shelves of my house. Hmmm
Growing up, in addition to the cats that I no longer collect, I also had post card and salt & pepper shaker collections. I haven’t seen the post cards in years but what remains of my s&p’s is safely packed away in a container with some other cherished childhood keepsakes.
The truth- I’m addicted to buying notebooks, journals and planners. I cannot help myself. I use 3 subject notebooks for my writing notes, meeting notes, website notes…..random notes. Each one has it’s own special notebook. I have way more brand new blank journals than any one person should have. I just picked up two new journals that I just could not resist. I’m drawn to that aisle in every store I enter.
Random journals I’ve found
Just some of the 3 subject notebooks that I use for everything!
My latest purchases!!!
My current notebook
I have no plans for these journals and notebooks. I could never buy another one and I could easily satisfy all my writing needs with my collection. But something tells me my journal collecting days are far from over. 🙂
Then I have a few smaller collections or maybe they are pre-collections- such as the variety of colored cut glass bowls, plates….. that I seem to have purchased while I wasn’t consciously collecting them. Or the cute little tea bag holders…is 3 (oops, make that 4- I just found another one) considered a collection? Oh, and did I mention that I like Pyrex? What do you think? (I swear my house doesn’t look like a scene out of an episode of Hoarders!)
Just between you and me, I don’t want to take a closer look around my house or I’m afraid I might stumble onto more collections…..
Hi! My name is Kat and I collect… collections!!!
What do you collect?