I did get out and wander a bit yesterday, in town and out, and pictures (even poor cell phone photos, as is the case) make for easy, lazy update fodder.
First off, I went back to the downtown Olympia, WA antique place I'm always yammering on about: Finder's Keepers, on 4th Ave. It's almost always a fun place to browse, whether or not I buy anything.
There were a number of typewriters this time around, some of more interest than others. This Royal was in pretty rough cosmetic shape and didn't have a case.
This Smith Corona standard is absolutely gorgeous...but it's also $75. Lovely thing, though.
This little guy tucked away on a bottom shelf looks kind of familiar, and likely a good candidate for a crazy paint job. But for forty dollars...um...no. Not even if I was in buying mode.
I was tempted by a number of vintage index card/recipe boxes. They almost always have some pretty ones there.
Oh, and toys! Look at this little doll house desk! Isn't this adorable? (Sorry about the glare--it was in a glass case, and I couldn't get a good angle).
I also saw this somewhat puzzling toy typewriter. I guess you had to rotate the little wheel for each and every letter. Good way to teach kids patience, I suppose...or drive little Johnny completely mad before his seventh birthday.
It was a beautiful sunny day, so I went off on a ramble down the trail as well--days like that are rare here this time of year! Most of the fall has...fallen, and the trail is thickly carpeted with leaves, still colorful (though not the jewel-toned brightness of the sugar maples back home in Vermont...). Along the way I saw a note posted on one of the mileposts offering a reward for the finding of a lost gold ring, and had to feel for the author: how is anyone to spot one tiny spot of gold in all that natural richness?
These little guys are out in force. I lost track of how many I saw along the way--dozens, for certain.
And now I suppose I should buckle down and NaNo plan for one whole day. Or an hour or so. I have wisdom teeth coming out tomorrow (joy!), so I doubt I'll be doing much in the way of deep thinking.