Recently while driving out of work I noticed a patch of sunflowers I’d never seen before. It threw me because I’ve worked in the same place for more years than I care to admit and I hadn’t seen it before. The sunflowers stand tall but sparse in the garden, their heavy heads ladened by the bright crown of yellow petals they carry.
How many obvious or subtle things of beauty do I miss everyday? Who took the time to make this small garden at the edge of this busy industrial zone to plant sunflowers?
I drive past them from the east and notice their heads bent, silently acknowledging the start of our day with the rising sun. As I head home at the close of the day, they face west, saluting me as I drive past.
It is a quiet comfort to see them standing tall amidst the concrete and dust. They are resilient against the noise from the roaring trucks, and the dry heat which emanates from the colorless asphalt.
I shall miss these flowers when they are gone.
I left a note beside the sunflowers, thanking the anonymous gardener for his effort.
I hope he finds it. His flowers make me smile.
August 4, 2010
As of late, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my book storage situation. Our garage has several stacked bins, filled with books I’ve read (and swiped from my 4girls!) and collected over the years. It drives me crazy that I don’t have them properly set in bookcases. My husband found an alternate and questionable purpose for the bookcases we have and as such, I’ve been stuck without proper storage for some time.
Here are some of the bookcases that struck my fancy:
The Equation bookshelf by Marcos Breder is interesting but doesn’t fit our needs or design style.
The Magnetique Shelf by Nils Holger Moormann is a sheet of steel that is mounted on a wall, vertically or horizontally. The boxes attach to the sheet via a magnet. Definitely a conversation starter, suitable for a few books, but not for a large collection.
The Sticklebook is visually interesting as it appears the books are suspended on the wall. The books attach to an aluminum strip with brackets which secure the books. I wonder if those brackets can rip book jackets and whether the books are easily accessible with this system. Regardless, it is a neat way to display books on a wall.
This bookshelf design works best with the number of books I have. The only drawback is that I can’t store my knickknacks along with my titles. When I see this system I think of wine and book storage combined. Sounds heavenly!
In my alternative life as a post-modernist, these bookshelves would look fantastic in my chic loft. These are part of the Human Furniture collection.
March 3, 2010