This is a very special Scene of the Blog for me because I'm featuring one of the few book bloggers whom I've met in the flesh.
Kay and I kept bumping into each other all over the internet, as you do when you share a passion. We kept commenting on the same blogs, and I have no clue which one of us checked the other out first, but I'm glad it happened. We met last year at the perfect place: The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, and although I had a house guest and missed the opportunity of getting together this year, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for 2013. Kay is a fantastic lady, wonderful to talk with, and I felt as though we were old friends from the moment we clapped eyes on each other.
Kay puts out the welcome mat at Purple Sage and Scorpions, which is a friendly, informative blend of books, photography and family. If you haven't visited this lady's blog before, please do so without delay. You're missing out on a treat!
If you're a visitor from Purple Sage and Scorpions-- Welcome! I hope you enjoy the tour Kay has prepared for us. If you'd like to see any of the photos in a larger size, just click on them, and they'll open in a new window. If you'd like to see the creative spaces of previous participants, click on the Scene of the Blog tab at the very top of my header. There are two ways to search: by Blog Name and by Location. Now let's see where the magic happens!
My husband and I live outside of Georgetown, Texas, which is about 20 miles north of Austin. We built this house last year and moved in during one of the hottest and definitely the driest summers Texas has ever seen. It was 107 degrees the day we moved! I was very excited to get to have a library/office of my own, otherwise known as one of the spare bedrooms. Here's a look at it.
I will freely admit that I'm one of those crazy people who always has a tidy, clean desk. It's a "need" of mine - a must, must, must. Anyway, I am also a desktop computer person. I just can't seem to manage a laptop. Must be all those years in an office. I have decorated the walls with pictures of one of my favorite places on earth, Oregon. We lived there for 3 years in the '90's and I love my pictures of favorite spots. Mount Hood is to my left and the shot above my computer is actually 3 phases of Mount St. Helen's - before eruption, during eruption, and afterward when the top of the mountain was gone. These are not photos but an artist's rendering that I got on a trip to Oregon last year.
|Kay's cozy reading spot|
This is my cozy little reading corner. It has lots of natural light. My comfy recliner is well used these days, and I have a little table to my left for a cup of tea or coffee. I love the arched window that looks out onto our driveway and the special old live oak tree that lives right outside.
|One of Kay's bookcases|
This bookcase used to live in my bedroom, along with its twin that sits by my recliner. Sadly, they don't make this furniture anymore or I would have gotten another bookcase. The picture to the left is of Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge - Oregon, again.
|A very special bookcase|
This small bookcase is special to me because my grandfather made it for me when I was a little girl. It's dinged up and scratched, but it's just perfect beside my desk.
|Shhh...Kay's book closet|
As I said, I'm a little picky about neatness. However, here's a peek at my book closet. Not so neat in there - my stacks have stacks. When we moved, I got rid of a very large amount of books that were shelved all over our old house. All my books live in my library room in this new house. These will one day migrate to the shelves, hopefully.
|Kay's secondary reading spot|
My last picture is of my secondary reading location - our covered back porch. Once the awful mountain cedar pollen disappears, you'll be able to find me out here, book or Kindle in hand, reading the afternoon away.
I don't know about any of the rest of you, but I want to sneak into Kay's book closet and have a good nose around! The covered back porch looks like a wonderful place to read, and I know from experience with my own that those chairs are comfortable. (Her indoor reading corner is no slouch, either!)
The only other comment I'm going to make is... I wish I had neat desk syndrome. When I worked, I had absolutely no problem in keeping my desk whipped into shape, but that's never translated to my desk at home. *sigh* Do you think you could rub off on me the next time we meet, Kay? Pretty please?
In the mean time, I want to thank you for taking the time to show us your reading and blogging spaces. I know we all appreciate this glimpse into your home and your life!
Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when I'll be featuring yet another book blogger from our wonderful worldwide community!