Three Things Thursday

Thanks to Natalie for hosting Three Things Thursday, “three things big or small, that have made you happy this week.”

Three Things Thursday

Number One

Our friends Dolores and Joe celebrated their 65th anniversary last week:

65 years! Isn’t that remarkable? My husband and I celebrated #46 a couple of months ago, which I think is a pretty big accomplishment. But we’re amateurs next to Dolores and Joe, who have now become our role models.

Number Two

We found another Little Free Library while out and about here in Tacoma, WA:

Little Free Library

This is the second one we’ve found here in our own home town. The very first Little Free Library I ever saw in the wild was in the nearby town of Puyallup, where our daughter lives.

Number Three

For one glorious day the Seattle Mariners held the second American League wild card playoff spot. Since then they’ve lost more games than they’ve won, and making it into the post season seems increasingly more elusive.

The Mariners Tripe A minor league team, the Rainiers, play here in Tacoma. While they don’t always win, either, at least their losses don’t seem as devastating as the Big League team’s do. Attending a Rainiers game is a lot of fun, and we’ve attended four this month. Here’s a shot of Taylor Motter, who spent some time earlier in the season playing in Seattle:

Motter at bat

We’ll probably see Motter playing in Seattle again when the Big League roster expands on September 1.

I hope everyone has a good week!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Three Things Thursday

Once again it’s time for the blog challenge Three Things Thursday, the purpose of which is to “share three things from the previous week that made you smile or laugh or appreciate the awesome of your life.”

1. Little Free Library

I had heard about and seen photos of little free libraries on Facebook and other social media and news sites, but I had never seen one in the wild until last Saturday.

little free library

This little gem is outside an insurance company office in Puyallup, WA.

The Little Free Library movement was started in Wisconsin by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in 2009. Its mission is two-fold:

  • To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
  • To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Its goal is “To build 2,510 Little Free Libraries—as many as Andrew Carnegie.”

This goal was reached in August of 2012, a year and a half before our original target date. By January of 2015, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 25,000, with thousands more being built.

The philosophy behind little free libraries is “Take a book. Return a book.” In other words, for every book you take, you should put one book back. The aim of the process is to promote not only general literacy, but also neighborhood community. These libraries are run on the honor system by community members, for each other.

Check the Little Free Library web site for information on how to establish and maintain one in your neighborhood.

2. West Coastin’

Since retiring from St. Louis, MO, to Tacoma, WA, my husband and I have been enjoying what we think of as West Coasting. So I was delighted to see a little guy wearing this T-shirt:

"West Coastin'" shirt

3. Easy Passage

We took this photo from our car on a 2009 visit to Tacoma. The tree was on a road leading to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

willow tree trimmed over street
Photographed in 2009

We ended up living just around the corner from this tree. When I arrived at my new home in April 2013, I was disappointed not to see this tree. Sometimes on our walks we stand near its stump and fondly remember how much it amused us when we first spotted it.