Good Morning Children.
Auntie Mephit has been up for ages doing a little reading. I found a lovely article about one young woman's quest to be a book lover on a budget. Her little journey was one of moving out of her parent's place with loads of money for books into her own place where bills had to be paid before books could be purchased. She also ran into a lack of space due to sharing a flat with a roommate. Long ago your old Auntie went through her own ... book reawakening.
I spent some years as an adult living in poverty and being in a restrictive cult. (oh darlings, be careful out there, it is so much easier to be sucked into some of these things than you'd think. They get you when you're weakest!) I hadn't had the money, or the freedom to indulge in my beloved books, in fact, they'd encouraged me to divest myself of nearly all my treasures. It was a sad time. But I got free of all of that, left my culty little marriage and then only had to deal with poverty. On my own, without the cult or my controlling ex to stop me, I found that I could buy books again. Technically I had less money now, and young children to look after, but I am good with money. Space wasn't an issue because I owned almost nothing. I found a used book shop and set about, slowly, replacing the treasures I'd lost. Some of my dear friends, forgiving my madness of recent years, even stopped by with gifts of some of my own copies I'd given them while under cult sway. At used prices I could pick up 2-3 paperback books a week and all the picture books my little ones could want. Jumble/yard sales almost give children's books away. I was so far behind the times, I never even thought to pick up a new book.
Getting a job in a book store, a big chain store, was a revelation. It also took a bite out of my pay despite the employee discount but, by then, my boyfriend had moved in and things weren't so tight financially. Now I find myself with something near 7,000 books or so busily weeding through them for the sake of the structural integrity of the house. And here I will stop rambling.
I did put brush to canvas yesterday, but I've nothing to show you yet.