As the turtles foretold . . .

Hi everyone,

It is officially a period of Goo Foffing. I shall think of you constantly and miss you terribly, but don’t expect me to be very verbal about it for a while.

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We call it Missouri weather

Hi everyone,

A few days ago it was ice. Yesterday it was spring. Today we’re expecting more cold and maybe snow. Never boring around here.

In the meantime I’ve finished redrafting a long story, plotted a new picture book in my head (while attending a funeral), finished a new poem, and received encouraging news about a book that’s been making the rounds for some time.

The trouble with books

Hi everyone,

The trouble with books is that they multiply over time. After I got my office looking better I decided to tackle the book cases. They’ve been needing help for years, which is why I’ve put them off for, well, years. I hate getting rid of books but the time has come when a few of them need to go. Do you still have your college textbooks? I do. Really. So far I have three boxes to save for the next Friends of the Library Book Sale with more to come. I started in the living room.
After I got them off the shelves I stacked them in four groups, one to give away, one to keep, one for Sandy to decide on, and one to transfer to the office. By day’s end the living room case looked much better.

Now on to the office where, I admit, things are also in need of serious pruning. I’m not sure when I’ll get back in the mood to tackle the rest of them but hopefully sometime soon.

A unique sort of event

Hi everyone,

I don’t talk about our gift store often but we have an unusual event coming up that I want you to know about. Below is a brief I just sent out so I think it’s self explanatory. If you have any questions, let me know.

February 14, 2018
From: Gamble’s Gifts, 2704 S. Glenstone (Brentwood Center)
Springfield, Missouri 65804
Regarding: Virtual signing event, February 15-March 1, 2018
Owners: Sandy and David Harrison
Store number: (417) 881-7555
Home number: (417) 881-0084
Cell number (Sandy): (417) 830-5634
https://gamblesgifts.bridgecatalog.com

GAMBLE’S GIFTS in the Brentwood Center is one of four sites in the United States selected to host a first of its kind event — a virtual Waterford signing. Two of the others are in Chicago, one is in New York City.

Ten preselected pieces of crystal created by Waterford Crystal in Waterford, Ireland are now on display at Gamble’s Gifts as well as on the store’s website. From February 15 through March 1 anyone interested in acquiring one or more of these crystal collector’s items and having them signed can qualify for the signing event by placing their orders through the store.

Orders will be forwarded to Tom Brennan, Waterford Crystal Spokesperson & Master Artisan, who will fly from Ireland to New York to sign each piece. Signed pieces will then be shipped to Gamble’s for customer pickup or drop-shipped directly to anyone who lives outside the Springfield area.

Sandy Harrison says this is a unique example of using today’s technology to bring people exquisite treasures from one of the oldest and most revered crystal houses in history. For centuries Waterford creations have graced homes and castles alike with a wide range of creations including chandeliers, stemware, trophies, lamps, dinnerware, bowls, and numerous other lines of keepsakes that have been handed down from one generation to the next.

Each year in Times Square, an estimated 100 million people in the United States and one billion viewers worldwide watch the Waterford ball descend to mark the beginning of the New Year. One of the largest crystal masterpieces ever made, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds, is twelve feet in diameter, and is adorned with 2,688 crystals.

Harrison says, “No matter where you live, you can now own a signed piece of Waterford thanks to this first ever virtual signing event. It’s like owning a little piece of history.”

Worth repeating

Hi everyone,

On Friday I posted a picture of my turtles studying my calendar and Jane wrote a witty poem about it. I followed up with this picture and a poem and Susan chipped in a poem as well, but I’m not sure many saw the fun developing. Today I’m reposting all that for anyone who missed the original and maybe we’ll see some further contributions before the day is done.

Jane Yolen

February 10, 2018 @ 7:04 am

The Turtles Escape

The Reading of Turtles
is not too well known.
They sit upon books
that their people all own.

They act as if reading–
–Or sleeping–who knows.
Their eyes are just painted
and they never close.

I worry they’re reading
and planning a trip.
I caution myself
that I must get a grip.

Next morning, the turtles
are missing, away.
I worry about it
for all of the day.

But turtles are careful,
deliberate, I know.
Wherever they’re headed,
It’s going to be sloooooooow.

Hahahaha!

JaneY

The Turtle’s Response

All those nights
he read to us.
All those words
he fed to us.

Now those words
will take us far
cleverly hidden
in his car.

We’ve made our plans,
we’ve marked the date,
we’ve packed our bags,
and now we wait.

He says that turtles
aren’t allowed,
but we can READ!
He’ll be so proud!

(c) by David L. Harrison, all rights reserved

Susan Hutchens

February 11, 2018 @ 12:17 am

Don’t Judge a Turtle!

Likely ’cause
we walk so slow,
people think
we just don’t know.

Folks judge us by
our outer looks –
We might be green
but we love books!

Like other creatures
here on earth,
we didn’t choose
this reptile birth.

Ever hopeful
we surge ahead,
and know we’re smart
because we read!