I have notebooks all over the place. There’s a notebook on my kitchen table, where I often read the newspaper and magazines. There’s a notebook by the television for any hints and ideas I might get while watching something. There’s a notebook in my study, where I do my computer work and read. There is a notebook in my handbag. Not to mention my diary and travel diary. Funny enough, I don't have a notebook at the summer cottage. There I rely on bits of paper I slip in between my calendar and try not to loose.
These notebooks contain all sorts of information and I actually usually remember in which notebook something I need may be. All of them contain little gems, like what pigments to combine to achieve a certain effect, like skin tone; not of use to me but interesting. There are notes on presentations in various fields, notes from some society board meetings, recipes, hints on interior decoration, handwork, gardening, exhibitions, movies, things overheard in cafes and buses (I love eavesdropping!). Quotations. There may be an occasional sketch of some interesting thing, a detail that appeals to me; a knitting pattern I see someone wearing.
I also have lists. Shopping lists, of course. To-do lists. A basic list of things to take with me when going somewhere abroad on holiday. A basic list of things to take to the country for a weekend. A basic list of things to take to the country for a longer period (basically just more toys). I have a list of funny names where a person’s profession and name fit together appropriately. Like a gardener called Plant and another one called Nitrogen; a gamekeeper called Squirrel; a bird researcher called Seagull; a bank clerk called Wealthy. Etc. (Names translated).
Hints on good books are always welcome and these hints were scattered in these notebooks and small slips of paper in between the notebooks and scattered elsewhere. Now they’re in one list and, how nice, most of these books are available in the library.
I'm Piisa and I will be sharing with you my thoughts on this and that, maybe even on whatever.