Saturday, October 31, 2009

My friend Betty,,,

..you remember "Joy in Our Lives"- Betty? Well, she's quite a sweetie, you know that, and for my birthday, she arranged for an Amazon gift card for me :-)


I was thrilled. Shopping without guilt..

And I purchased 2 books for Amazon..used. But nor really. Used.

Seems a lot of the times, most in fact to my experience, the "used" Amazon books are publisher's over runs or discontinued and never have been 'used' by anyone.

And what can a book be used for anyway? To hold up the missing leg of a table? To use as weight to press beautiful fall leaves? To throw at an errant lover??

Or used to expand the mind..to entertain, to enlighten, to contemplate..to enjoy.

So, even if it was used..that would be OK..

But it wasn't. And that was OK, too.

One of the books I loved, I actually bought new one on of my travels (when I traveled for work - which I don't do now..except the travel to and from work, but that doesn't really count..as you know...travel )

Jenny next door makes pies..I think I've told you that previously. If not, Jenny next door makes pies.

So I get this book that sounded good in the description on the cover. And it's everything I enjoyed...stories..family history..recipes...PIES..and great photography.

Liked it so much, I gave it to Jenny-the-pie-maker. For her to enjoy. I knew she would. She is the "pie-maker" after all...

And that felt good.no..wait...What? I gave my book away?? I just gave my book away?? What was I thinking?

Guess I was thinking that she'd enjoy it and I could just get another....and I could have..you know how those things go..

someday..or soon..or if I remember..

So, when I was in a bookstore, and remembered, whether a large chain or an independent bookstore, I would look for it...

..but it was never there...

Well, when Betty's gift came it was the beginning of a great call to action on my part. I happily logged on to Amazon and did a title search. Viola! There is was! Just as I had remembered it! Oh, it hadn't changed at all! Oh Happy Day! Stop using examination points! OK!

So I used my gift card and was able not only to buy that one, but another by the same author about...hold on...
{insert goofy grin} deserts and stories. And family history. And humor. And love. And photos of beautiful, down-home deserts.


Anyway..I'm sharing the title of the books so you can get one and read great stories, see great photography, have fabulous recipes to make.

But I'm not giving you mine...after all, Betty bought it for me :-)

Thanks so much Betty! It's just what I wanted..no, seriously! It is ..
-me

16 comments:

Jan said...
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Jan said...

It's always good to give! And what goes around comes around (as they say) so you deservedly got your book in the end! What would we do without Amazon (and friends) LOL

diane said...

That was great to be abe to find the book was still for sale. It sounds a fun book. I do that too. Give away books and then wonder why I can't find it on the shelf next time I want to show it to someone.

diane said...

Happy Birthday!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

I never seem to find the time to read but I LOVE bookstores!
Super good gift from Betty, and I'm glad you found something so special.
Happy BIrthday!

Betty said...

You are the most deserving person! I just get a kick out of your choices...desserts? pies? food? You have done an amazing job on Weight Watchers...guess 'watching' is the part you get to do, as in 'watching' what someone else bakes, eh? If the books make you happy, then I'm happy! You're just too sweet!

Utah Grammie said...

Oh Betty - the most wonderful thing about this author is not just eh food - but her Fantastic stories and bits of her family she shares! I could read this anytime - the photos and the recipes are just the....icing on the cake...the meringue on the pie!

Just Breathe said...

That is the beauty of giving. How sweet of you to give it to your neighbor. Your to sweet!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Happy Birthday! How wonderful you were able to find that book again. They both look like wonderful books.

Karen said...

Amazon is amazing. You can find anything on that site!

All My Yesterdays said...

OK, knowing now that you have the book...I'll find time to come for a slice of pie! One of my favorite deserts, right after ice cream, which goes with the pie anyway...
Then you can read me the stories..(O:

Sweet Repose said...

My Granny taught me how to bake pies, so you could say I was a pie baker...and a good one too, don't have much time fer pie bakin' these days, which is a good thing since I would be forced to eat the whole thing, though Scratch does love pie too...however I have to think of her health(whatever)...

I couldn't wait to see what you came up with for Halloween...what a hoot AND sooooo you, loved the pencil thin mustache...girl, you crack me up...the next Erma Bombeck for sure!

Life is good! said...

i want to be your neighbor!

Pearl said...

Looks like some great books. I love your new background by the way.

Charmingdesigns said...

oh that Betty has the way of perking up your life! Pass along a Hi to her, I miss hearing from her. Glad you have your trusty book in your hands!

white o'morn cottage said...

How wonderful. I miss Betty's blog bits. Happy Halloween to you all. Love Pam