In Case You Were Wondering, The Falcon Is Still Squawking

So I’m starting to think that there is in fact some sort of falcon nest in one of our trees, and I’m basing that theory solely on the amount of high-pitched squawking that’s going on in our backyard. I’m tickled, of course, that the birds have found a safe haven right here among us, but they’re going to have to keep the noise down a little bit or I fear I’ll have no choice but to file a complaint with the homeowners’ association.

The nature should always pay close attention to noise ordinances, don’t you think?

We were out of town most of last week, so today my plan is to get my house under control again. The floors need to be mopped, the laundry needs to be put away, and the luggage needs to return to somewhere besides the foyer. I feel like there are papers stacked on every stationary surface – countertops, tables, bar stools – and I have very high hopes that today will be the day that I conquer Paper Mountain. Truth be told, I’d really like to throw all the paper in the fireplace and then light ‘er up, but there’s no way I could stand the heat. It’s 204 outside. Not really the time to snuggle up ’round the fire.

I’m also determined to find an appropriate place to keep all of our library books. I enjoy the fact that reading the books is, you know, FREE, but OH MY WORD AT THE BOOK-RELATED CLUTTER. They’re everywhere. And I think they need a tote bag. Or maybe even a basket. Or shelf. Or something.

ANYWAY, the whole point of this post is to tell you that I just posted a new giveaway for a $100 Visa gift card. And the giveaway for the $50 gift card is still up and running. So, you know, enjoy. And good luck. And etcetera.

All righty. Paper Mountain awaits. If you don’t hear from me by tomorrow, please alert the rescue team.

Thank you and have a lovely day.

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  1. Whitney says:

    If you’re looking for a cute & sturdy library tote, check out They have large burlap totes in a variety of colors with FREE monogramming! I have one specifically for my library books and it’s still looking lovely after 7 years!

  2. We have a basket that the books & media have to go in if they are not being used. After racking up library debt because a (read~several:) DVD went AWOL the basket idea works for us.

    And I am a firm believer every library lover needs a library tote:)

  3. I kept a basket in each of my kids rooms and also in the family room for library books. My motto is you can never have too many books : )

    Good luck with your paper mountain. I whittled mine down on Friday and it is already rebuilding. I thought there was supposed to be less paper in the world.

  4. Sarah Kate in WA state says:

    Oh my! It is as if you have crawled up into my brain and highjacked my “to do” list….the library books, they are taking over my house!! And don’t even get me started on the calendars/flyers/bills/Sunday school papers/magazines that are multiplying at an alarming rate on every flat surface of my house. Yet what am I doing?? Blog-surfing… an attempt to forget that on this first official day of summer in WA state, it is cloudy, and not even 60 degrees yet at 12:04 p.m.

    Good luck with your “to do’s” for the day!!

  5. says:

    i bought a really cute ottoman-with-a-lid from target that we keep all our library books in. all the books we own go somewhere else. it has simplified my life GREATLY!

  6. We have an entire bookshelf (2-shelfer) designated for borrowed books. I like to keep it stocked. :)

  7. I finally had to go and clear a whole shelf on one of our bookcases so that it could be reserved solely for library books. Otherwise I swear that library clutter could just have overtaken a whole room. But like you, I am all about the FREE, so the library is always a good thing.
    Remember what Drum did to those birds that were going to potentially spoil Shelby’s wedding in Steel Magnolias? Perhaps a solution to your falcon noise. tee hee.

  8. Yay! Love giveaways….I am glad I stopped by:)

  9. Hi Sophie! Wendy’s husband is a Falconer… in case you need some help! : )

  10. pam nelson says:

    OOOOOHHHH…how do I hate clutter? Let me count the ways… I have decided that all flat surfaces are the enemy! They do nothing but collect useless clutter and make my left twitch…

    twitter: pam_tastic

  11. Kelly Sites says:

    I’d like to give you a great way to handle the library books.

    We go to the library about every two weeks and my kids check out about 30 books at a time. They were so hard to keep organized, they were all over the house and the car.

    I finally bought a med. size rubbermaid container. We take that bad boy right into the library, I plop it on the table and my kids and I go about our business, looking for books. We throw the ones we want right into the container. When we are done, we lug it up to the libary lady (who sighs) and she does her thing and puts them all back into the container.

    They stay contained in the car on the way home…no flying under seats. When we get home the container stays right in the living room, when someone takes a book out, it gets put RIGHT BACK IN, when they are done. We have not lost a book yet, since this new plan. When it is library day, we cart the container back, drop the books in the return box and start all over again.

    Hope that helps.
    Kelly in Michigan

  12. and of course here’s your update. i was looking for it…a little behind. um, are there small doggies around? might be a bad mix.