The Library Arrives

September 25th, 2007

Our library has arrived.

I was at first, somewhat mystified.

Evidently, I overlooked the small box at the end of the order form that said…complete library.

Though everything seems to be in very good order, with plenty of nooks and whatnots, and bins and cubbies, and higglyjoints and sputknacks…it seems that it did not have any…


I sprang into action!

Searching for the perfect book, the exact right one, to bless this humble library. The perfect book to first grace the shelves. To set the tone. To determine the character of this space for all time memorial!

I knew exactly where to go. A book of immense wisdom…unerring moral fiber. A book that nurtured me as I grew and taught me right from wrong. A book… actually many books…assembled into a flawless, seamless, whole. Where I still look for guidance and support and courage and fortitude. And I am never disappointed.

Nancy Drew

Of course.

This is my favorite cover.

Now that I have the sacred texts in place, I can move onto the lesser titles.


  • Hillary:

    Oh! Your library is beautiful! Enjoy filling those gorgeous shelves.Now the next important question is, once those shelves are filled what will be the first book you *read*?

  • Donna Boucher:

    I love this post!!!A beautiful library…and your treasured Nancy Drews.

  • Tammy:

    I still have my collection of Nancy Drew’s too… I wish the library came with them! Very lovely!

  • Lori Shaffer:

    Exquisite…simply exquisite. My tongue is practically speechless even as my heart swells with covetousness!

  • Sara:

    Oh Nancy Drew! I have a handful of the originals and I just LOVE them! The adventure starts on the first page and keeps you guessing!

  • Cynthia:

    Have been reading your blog for a few days now and this post just made me hit comment! Not only do I simply admire your library, I love your choice of christening books!

  • Renovation Therapy:

    yay!! books!!

  • Christine:

    Perfect choice! Oh, how I’d love to have a set of those. Nice shelves too.

  • Christine:

    Hey, by the way, where did you get your kitchen sink?

  • Mary:

    Ha, I love it! The library is gorgeous, and I grew up on Nancy Drew. But the kids have to fill some shelves, too. Do they have any Captain Underpants books?Mary

  • Rechelle:

    Hey Christine – I got the sink on Ebay. I was lucky to find it under “old sinks” where not too many people were searching. So, the competition was not as fierce. You can find many more under “vintage sinks” “antique sinks” or “porcelain sinks”. It is really fun to look and to see how high some of them go for. Also bought several vintage light fixtures on Ebay. Very fun to search and find!

  • Rechelle:

    I have given the boys their own section. So far, it is filled with Star Wars, LOTR, Harry, Eldest, Lemony Snicket, Madeliene L’Engle, The James Bond series for kids which I highly reccommend for boys. Almost as good as Nancy. And yes, there are most certainly a few Captain Underpants.

  • cndymkr / jean:

    I love Nancy Drew. She is the reason I still love mysterys. Make sure you hide something in that bookcase. You know, a hidden key or a note for your grandkids to find. Something mysterious. A little bit of treasure for future generations to find.jean

  • Rechelle:

    Great idea!

  • Christine:

    Well, you sure got a great find in that sink! Looks like it’s in fantastic shape! I have an old one, it just won’t fit without a major remodel. I’m ready to design a new kitchen around it. My hubby on the other hand…

  • Marilyn:

    Hey Rechelle, congratulations on the library’s grand opening – and Nancy is a perfect choice! Love “The Crooked Banister” and your other titles, too — if your boys like the young James Bond series, they might like “Alex Rider,” as well.The house looks wonderful. Keep it up!

  • Jenni:

    LOL! Another Nancy Drew fan here. I never had my own, but I was at the library every couple of days in the summertime looking for the next title. I have serious cubby envy now. What’s the most important thing about a purse or a car? The compartments! And your library has so many to fill.

  • Rechelle:

    I had to check and see if we had any Alex Rider and the boys immediately started telling me about the books. Evidently we have a few. I am going to go find one right now and start reading it.

  • pedalpower:

    I wasn ‘t jealous about the cute Dr. husband, or the country house,on a pond,or the 4 crazy boys,but now, now I ‘m jealous. You have a freakin library! And no books! I’ve got books and no shelves. I’ve even got a ton of those old books to set stuff on (LOL) cause I’m an antique dealer. Ok, you make me laugh…..I’ll be back.PS…Nancy is the perfect first books for your shelves! She was always prepared for anything……always an extra change of clotes to go rock climbing or to a formal in her car. Cool chick.

  • Ann:

    You’re sooo fanaacy with your shelves in your library…I have a library too, um but no shelves yet.Send “a lot” is too words sweetie!

  • Tracy:

    Just found your blog today and can’t stop clicking through it! We have a lot in common…I also have 4 boys although mine are 23, 21, 19, 15…I only wish they were still younger! Lots less to worry about then! So many of your posts remind me of them! More importantly…Nancy Drew! I have just about the whole set…along with my Bobbsey Twins and the Hardy Boys which I thought the boys would like…no such luck. They’d rather farm and run anything with 4 wheels! I still love to read(too much, there’s always laundry that needs folding, dishes…etc…)I keep books everywhere just in case…Love those shelves…mine are full to overflowing.Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely keep reading your blog!