Piddocks, Random Notes, and Pinterest

Good morning… It appears that I am not going to have enough time to post as often as I’d like. Now that I’m on full schedule with both jobs and also doing physical therapy 3x/day, Sundays seem to be the only open day to accomplish anything unrelated to that.

Sundays are the day I do all my food preparation for the week, and I usually have my granddaughter over to play for a while. So it’s not exactly a relaxing day.  I try to make up for that by not going out. It’s gorgeous out, so I might just go out a little bit, though!

There have been a few things that caught my attention this week that I thought I’d pass on to you.

Jo Wolff was showing off her gorgeous photography in Scotland and posted a photo of “piddock art” which is the hole that a piddock clam bores through a rock. I’d never heard of a piddock, except for Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep, a children’s fairy tale by Eleanor Farjeon, so that caught my attention- a new vocabulary word for me! But I have a lot of “holey stones” from Oregon, so I had to find out of they are also from piddocks. Oregon clamdiggers talk about piddocks, but they sound like a huge clam, so I still don’t know, but here’s a photo of my holey stones from Lincoln Beach:
IMG_0402Mostly that is for Jo’s benefit, since we were having a conversation about it!

I also started following a blog written by a young lady who is crossing items off her bucket list. I don’t care to think of the things I’d still like to do as a “bucket list,” but I do have my own list of sorts, and I find it interesting to hear what other people are determined to do. This week she talked about writing  a friendly letter to some unknown person and leaving it in a random book (Project Light to Life).
I’ve left notes in Gideon Bibles before, usually lyrics to Rocky Raccoon and quotations from Beatles films, but for some reason I’d never thought of this. I’m always up for something to break the monotony of shelving library books, so I figured I could put some notes in those. I wrote a few and inserted them in some of my favorite children’s books, and realized I definitely had no inclination to leave even a random person a friendly letter, so I went with quotes. I found some from popular authors and put those in their books:

“I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.”
-Stephen King

“I can’t change overnight into a serious literary author. You can’t compare apples to oranges. William Faulkner was a great literary genius. I am not.”
-John Grisham

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

“Thunder rolled. It rolled a six.”
―Terry Pratchett

Well, you get the picture! There was also a snide remark by George Eliot about authors who write too many books, so I inserted into a Debbie Macomber book. Now, I’ve always got a golf pencil and a tiny pad of paper in my back pocket while I’m shelving. All those thoughts running through my head now have a destination!

The other thing I was going to mention is that I’m also on Pinterest, if you’d like to follow me over there. I wrote an entire blog entry about Pinterest, and then figured that anyone interested  would already be over there, and so I didn’t post it. But I like Pinterest a lot, and I think it’s fascinating that you can tell so much about a person by what they collect on their boards. So if you want to see the kinds of things that I consider worthy, you can find it here:
And because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are three reasons I am on Pinterest:
IMG_0391IMG_0392IMG_0393These are the three bulletin boards in my apartment. If I didn’t have Pinterest, all my walls would look this way! In fact, my dream house has an entire wall covered with cork! I wonder if I have a pin showing that…

Lastly, here’s Shiva, wishing I hadn’t eaten all the U-No bars:
I hope you have time for creative pursuits this week!



15 responses to “Piddocks, Random Notes, and Pinterest

  1. I love your Pinterest page. I am inspired! Been thinking about starting one for a while but have been unsure. Your page is lovely with all sorts of great categories. I was wondering how I would title everything but you’ve given me some good ideas. thanks!

  2. Hi Jeanne, those definitely look like piddock stones! What a lovely collection. We just need to identify the culprit! Apparently piddock shells are very fragile (which is incredible!) so they tend to break very easily once they’re exposed to the ocean. Say hello to Shiva for me, she looks gorgeous! 🙂

    • Thanks, Jo! I wish I’d gotten to Oregon this year. Next time I’ll definitely ask someone at the coast more about them! I gave Shiva your message… she yawned. Being well-known on two blogs now is not exciting for her anymore.

  3. Clam boring holes in rocks. I wouldn’t have imagined that in a million years. Hope to hear more about your rocks.
    Pinterest sounds fascinating and I’ve had friends exclaiming its virtues and possibilities. Maybe one of these days. I can’t seem to scare up enough time in a day for all I want to do.

    • Pinterest is also good for promoting whatever you want… businesses and libraries use it a lot. Great exposure. Our library puts up bulletin board ideas and films of youth programming activities and other displays.

  4. How did I forget to mention the most important observation. I L.O.V.E. the idea of putting quotes in shelved books. I volunteer in a charity used book store where I sort and shelve books. I must find time to type up some quotes…I’m all excited. Thanks for sharing that.

    • Tess, have you ever heard of Bookcrossing? Leaving books in random spots for people to take for free. There’s also a Facebook group called Art Abandonment (leaving small pieces of art work out for free.) I think the idea of leaving something anonymously to brighten someone’s day is getting to be quite popular.

      • When Bookcrossing came along, I jumped on board, excited and ready. I participated for a long time but the only time ‘I’ actually received a bookcrossing book was when I did a swap online.

        The like the idea of brightening someone’s day. The easiest way is complimenting a stranger. To see their eyes shine makes my day too.

  5. Hi Jeanne, Just found this link re. the piddocks:
    Might be of interest!

  6. Interesting to see your stones after reading Jo’s post, and I like that idea of putting notes in books. 🙂

  7. I used to leave odd photos and bits of this and that in books in used bookstores, especially Prospero’s. Maybe we need to visit a few used bookstores together and indulge there too. Once I left a slice of pecan pie on a saucer with a fork on one of the bookshelves. You get the idea. Not library fare, which for me, is a great reason to do it. Which library are you at again?

    • Roger, I’m at Lackman, but don’t you dare leave stuff in there that I have to clean up! Ooh, old photos is a great idea, too. With strange messages on the back. I think I have some discards that would work. I wonder if Elaine needs something sent to her…

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