Home is: the library

We miss our old library.

To say we are all a bit obsessed with books, & places where they are housed, would be an understatement.

A few Saturday’s back, after a family get together about an hour away from home in a much bigger city than Sunnyside, we spotted a library.   We had to stop.

This library is about 10 times bigger than the one room library we have in Sunnyside.

There is a spacious area just for kids (I love you library people who are so smart to create a whole area for kids, it’s like you guys are brilliant or something)–a few educational toys, computers for little fingers, open spaces, bright colorful rugs, small comfy chairs.

We could easily spend a few hours in a library like this.

I loved that they had some art, too.  Don’t you love mobiles?

The kid’s have an expectation to go to the library at least once, or twice a week.  To be surrounded by books is a comforting thing to them.  And me.  Lots of creativity & ideas, stories, pictures.  Makes me fill more alive just being there.

Prior to the library, we had a luncheon with family as part of my niece Kia’s baptism.

1.  Quinoa bean salad, one of my go to faves.   Perfect for a luncheon.  It’s a stand-alone dish or great side accompaniment.

2.  A rainy day (unusual in the summer, in this dry side of Washington).  Good thing we were under an awning.

3.  Lucy, my sister-in-law’s mother. She’s from Chile & comes every summer for 3 months to visit.  Some of my brothers in the background.

4. Lucy made this cake.  She is knows how to bake & make just about everything.  Fresh & from scratch is her style.

5.   Look close at all the layers!  Isn’t it beautiful?  Lots of work.

6.  One my many nieces, Aileen.


What’s your home away from home?  


  1. Val
    on November 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm said:

    Yes, i love the library too…i’m a library branch manager. Pls be sure to see if you can get multiple library cards for the library systems in your area. The cards are free &most importantly will give you access to the free online catalog. You’ll want to check the databases where you may discover free learning tools for kids and adults. Our system has U Class–free programs provided by universities on gardening, Chinese, parenting, etc. we even have a toy library. consider free downloads of books in both adobe and audio/mp3 format. Wi-fi, storytime, computer classes…all free!

  2. Barbara
    on July 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm said:

    Looks like a wonderful day. I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out where my home away from home would be….and drawing a blank. Because I LOVE my home (and work from it). But I also love being around people so I’d say a good party/dinner party/social gathering would be second preference to home! That sounds weird. Haha!

  3. Kit-Kat
    on July 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm said:

    The library is a place I could live in! But my home away from home would probably have to be a barn… any barn, as long as there are horses (and other animals!).

  4. Melissa
    on July 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm said:

    I love libraries with kid areas and toys! Our new library’s kid area involves a rug with letters and pictures on it and an aquarium. I miss our old library which has some different toys, computers and even a little car.

    Also, I’d love to give that quinoa salad a try… recipe?

    • Janae Wise
      on July 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm said:

      Melissa: yes, I can certainly provide recipe, on my to-post list.
      Your library sounds fantastic. An aquarium, how cool is that?!