|My beloved custom built-in bookcases|
So this past weekend, I drove to the local truck/equipment rental place which also sells boxes and bought a van load of boxes, some bubble wrap and other packaging supplies. They are really good about giving refunds for any packaging material you don't need so I tried to get more than I needed so that I only have to make two trips to the place. I started in on the easiest part of my life by packing up my library. Egads! I ended up with a dozen large boxes of books that way a ton each full of books. Most of them are reference books that I refer to from time to time and loan out to others from time to time. Others are my pile of books to read in the future that I have collected over the years. I love having a selection of books when it comes time to chose my next victim so that I never get tire of a particular genre.
Last night as I was packing up some of my books, it was kind of a bittersweet moment. Here I was emptying my custom built-in bookcases so that we could move to a house with none. Sure, I can and will someday build new built-in bookcases over there but I have a feeling that it may be quite awhile before I conquer the list of things-to-do-first which means that I will probably not see these books for quite some time. I derive great pleasure from looking over a huge bookcase full of books that I have read and another equal sized bookcase of books yet to read. Now those bookcases look so bare, empty and sad. About the only bright side to this whole affair is that like any completed project, there are things that I would do a bit differently and now I will have the opportunity to do just that. I can't wait.