Country Living Series

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Words of wisdom

A reader named Debra sent what I thought was a very appropriate quote:

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." -- Cicero


  1. Yep.

    My dad used to tell me, "The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to look it up."

    Just Me

  2. I love this post, Patrice. The only thing I could add to Cicero's wise words might be 'and some critters...' lol

    Today I'm putting up several pounds of organic baby yams picked up from the produce grocer yesterday. They're all top quality and very fresh. I par-baked them and they'll freeze nicely. We got about ten pounds for $1.50.

    Great score.

    We've been getting rain, so the garden is happy.

    A. McSp

  3. todays "family circus" cartoon, by bill keane was cute and so shows the oldest boy child sitting up in bed reading books with a thought bubble over his head that showed an open door to the world. week after this is "national library week" homemakers club is having a quilt and craft show at the library to show all the things that we have learned how to do with the help of books.

  4. I have had people walk into my house and say "Oh my, you have too many books!"

    I've always felt sorry for these people. Kind of like someone who says to me "I never owned a puppy."

  5. I attended a christian school for the first 5 years of my education and we were taught that nothing is ever placed on top of the Bible. So that is my only complaint with your photos. Of course the quote is perfect.

    1. yes, i agree..

    2. I thought the Bible next to a book of witchcraft was strange.....harry potter would be a good addition to the witchcraft selection.

  6. You need the above yes ..... But some days it wouldn't hurt to have flex-all 454? Not to far away ...... HaHaHa

  7. Patrice,

    Great quote by Cicero. I believe, I would add, If you have a garden, library, and a beautiful family you have everything you need in life.

  8. I've often wondered how people who can't/don't read furnish their minds. Even my dreams are sometimes in printed words. Are nonreaders' thoughts wholly sensory, as a rabbit knows its warren or the physical totality of pursuit by a fox or the warmth of the sun on its fur? How does a nonreader understand sun in his/her mind if it's not s-u-n? Light? Warmth? All words. Is it even possible to have any experience beyond the sensual, or a philosophy, without words? Cicero couldn't have expressed this perfect sentiment without written words. Can anyone, then, experience a sentiment she/he can't express?

  9. When we moved from another town into our current house, a visitor commented that it was nice that we had "all of those built-in shelves for our books". We smiled and agreed that the shelves were good to have, not mentioning that we had many, many boxes of books that we couldn't unpack until we put up more shelves. We wound up with six sets of five shelves, each 36" long--that's not counting the stacks of books on the floor, on tabletops, and, now that fire season in over, on the hearth. How people can live without books is beyond me. The E readers are great, but they can't completely replace the feel of a "real" book in one's hands. Each year our church has a book fair, not for us but to buy books to give to children who might not otherwise ever own a book of his or her own. When they are given out at the schools, the people in charge say the children cradle the books as though they have been given a treasure, which they have indeed.