Just One More Day!


Well, it’s almost over. There is only one more day left in 2009. Believe me when I say I won’t be sad to see it leave. I’ve had a terrible, terrible year. I actually think this has been one of the hardest years of my life. I am emotionally drained. Thankfully, because of all of the adversity, I’ve had time to think and collect my thoughts. I am now ready to face the new year.

Here’s to 2010!

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New Interest, Part 2!


Well, in addition to “playing with” my new machines, I have been learning about traditional bookbinding. I’ve made little accordion books, a couple of journals, and am just reeling from my new found knowledge. It feels so good to learn something new & useful. I’ve been teaching Phillise how to do it. Today, I’m going to teach Dakota & David.

Here’s to learning new things!

New Year, New Interests!


I have been a busy beaver lately. It all started when my husband bought me the YOURSTORY by Provocraft for Christmas. When he was getting it for me, I told him that I needed to learn to use what I had before I bought something new. So, we put off buying the new machine until I learned to use my “old” machine, The Zutter bookbinding system.  It is the tiniest machine (only 2 lbs.), but is so versatile. It makes O-wire bound books up to 12 x 12.  I watched a bunch of tutorials on Youtube & learned how to use it. Since then I have been a book making machine. I’ve made a bunch of Christmas themed books that my sisters & I are going to fill up with pictures & exchange with one another. I guess that’s taken the place of this blog. I can do both though. So, I am officially returning to my post-a-holic self.

Here’s to 2010!

On My Way Out!


I have been absent from my blog a lot lately. Actually, this is the longest I’ve gone without writing since I started this blog 2 1/2 years ago. I’ve been going through a whoooooole lot of personal issues. I’ve been very depressed. It’s been my toughest battle.  I’ve had many small, medium, large & extra-large setbacks in the past couple of months. This is nothing new though. I’ve been battling depression since I was a teen-ager; for over two decades now. I always knew that I’d beat it, though. No matter how bad it got, I knew that somehow I’d pull through. Not this time though.  As I stated earlier, this one, however, was a particularly nasty battle. I felt like I was battling for my very sanity. It was very bad. But, I snapped out it. I had to. I prayed, I cried, I pleaded. I did what I needed to do to win this battle. I really did not think I was going to make it out. I really didn’t. But, you know what…I did! I’m writing about it. You’re reading about it.

I knew there was a testimony in it. SOMEWHERE! I still don’t know where I’m going to end up, but I do see my way out.

Getting Your Hopes Up, Just To Get Let Down Again!


I spoke with someone in the Beaudry Bldg. who suggested that I speak with the Director of Human Resources. He said he might be able to help me. Well, I called him and BLAM!#%, shot down again. The only advice he had for me was to call U.T.L.A.

THE PROBLEM- U.T.L.A. didn’t help me when I did work for L.A.U.S.D. and they were getting dues. They’re not getting any dues now. Do you really think they’re going to help me now? I don’t think so!

One Of L.A.’s Best (& Cheapest) Bookstores


If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a bargain hunter. This combined with my love of books makes me one happy camper if I find the two together. Well, imagine how happy I was when I found this store a couple years ago. I don’t know why I haven’t shared information about this wonderful bookstore before, but I’m sharing it now. It has the greatest prices. I have to warn you that it’s not the prettiest place. It’s a warehouse. There are absolutely no frills. The books are definitely the stars of the show. But do you really care if you can purchase a recently published book for less than half price? I don’t.

This is what I bought last night:

Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera ($8.00) retail price= $16.99

Welcome Comfort by Patricia Polacco ($5.00) retail price= $16.99

Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare by Patricia Polacco ($8.50) retail price= $16.00

Boy, even with the 9.75% sales tax, I still only paid a grand total of $23.60 for all three hardcover books. That’s less than 1/2 price. I love it, love it, love it!

Here’s the address:

D.W. Pages (Formerly Crown Books Liquidation Center)

8655 Sepulveda Blvd.

Los  Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 568-9553