I had errands to do yesterday morning. Insurance renewed for the car. Property tax paid for the year. Books and dvds returned to the library. A Monday morning beginning-of-the-week list.
What I did not know. Source had a Monday morning list for me as well.
Five gifts. Unexpected. All ease and joy.
No line-up at the insurance office. Amazing. Not the usual. In. Done. Out. Easy.
A line-up at the municipal hall, eleven people deep. Everyone waiting to pay their taxes before the Thursday deadline. I settle to wait. Except. Wow. The staff are zipping people through. Zip. Zoom. I’m done. Four minutes including waiting in line. I’m impressed. I do this every year. Usually it’s twenty minutes, at least. I tell the woman at the counter. She laughs, says thank you. She is smiling and so am I.
Return the books and dvds to the library. Unexpectedly meet a friend who has been raiding the art book section. We go to one of our favourite cafes. Talk art and life for an hour. Leave feeling inspired, and with a date for next Monday too.
Real, brewed, iced tea with fresh lemon slices, at the café. Two tall glassfuls for each of us. Mmmmm.
Back at the library, in the kids section. On the discard-books-for-sale cart, Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Tolling Bell. The same edition I received as an eleventh birthday gift during summer vacation. I loved this book. My first introduction to mystery stories. Read it several times that summer. I pick up this copy that has appeared in front of me. Pay the librarian her dollar. Take the book home. My birthday is next week. Happy early Birthday, Cat, with love from Source.
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Carolyn Keene, Nancy Drew #23 Mystery of the Tolling Bell, Grosset and Dunlap Publishers
Image below from http://romancingthebee.com, post for March 28, 2013, ‘Girl History Month – Carolyn Keene…’ http://romancingthebee.com/2013/03/28/girl-history-month-carolyn-keene-author-of-the-nancy-drew-mysteries/