Thursday, January 12, 2017
Sorting books, with cat assistance
Regular readers will recall that shortly before we moved to Texas, I cut down my library very substantially. I made a rule for myself at the time that I would not add more bookcases to our new home. Instead, if I bought more books and wanted to keep them, I had to discard others, to make space for them in our existing bookcases. As I've gathered research materials for my Western novels, and added a few books here and there that I want to read, that's become problematic; so it's time for another sort-through and discard of books I haven't read in the past year, and am unlikely to get around to anytime soon. I've already accumulated enough new and new-to-me books to fill in the space thus made available.
It's going OK so far. I've been able to maintain a 10%-15% discard rate as I work my way along my bookshelves. However, packing the books into boxes for disposal is another matter. You see, Ashbutt, our kitten, insists on helping.
When not jumping into boxes and getting in my way, he brings springs and other toys to me to be thrown for him. I've had to fish them out of half-empty bookshelves several times already this morning. If I don't pay him what he considers to be sufficient attention, he's not above ambushing my ankles, biting gently at them as if to say, "Hey - remember your priorities here!"
I'm going to have fun when all the boxes are packed for disposal. You see, I'm going to invite Old NFO, Lawdog, Phlegmmy and ae_pilotjim to come over and pick through them, taking what they'd like to read, before I donate the rest to a local library and/or thrift store. I'll have pistols and sabers on standby for the inevitable duels over who gets what!