Midwest Book Scouting Trip – Day 7 – Books and Hoola Hoops

We visited two book shops yesterday morning — the first stop was Half Price Books on the Miracle Mile in Minneapolis.   Most of the books were fairly recent publications…but we purchased one nice old first edition of Edna Saint Vincent Millay’s poetry in a dust jacket ( Huntsman, What Quarry?, Harper & Brothers, 1939 ) at a very reasonable price.    Our second stop was Magers & Quinn, at 3038 Hennepin Ave. South.   We saw some very nice books here, including a signed first edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and a jacketed first edition of How to Cook A Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher.   No purchases here, though…books are priced at fair market value for collectors, not quite enough room for us to purchase for resale.

Then it was back to Sisterville(!) for a nice leisurely swim in Lake Independence, and on to my second sister’s house for an outdoor dinner and drinks around the campfire.  My sister Jeanette took out her hoola hoop and showed Karen and I a thing or two about using your hips–she makes it look so easy.  By the end of the evening, I had it down pretty good myself!  (Photos to be added soon — we are having a few technical issues here).   I’m finding that when you are on the road, you get pretty flexible at using different computers, keyboards, etc. (I’m using my sister’s Apple right now) but sometimes your fingers are hitting the wrong keys or you just don’t get a signal for your own equipment so you adapt to using whatever is available.

The weather has been beautiful, sunny and warm with nice breezes.   This morning we had an outdoor breakfast of waffles & bacon (why does food always taste so terrific outside??), took a turn through the woods to see the new outhouse (a one-holer) and progress on stacking wood for winter.   When I finish blogging here, we are taking two canoes down to Whale Tail Lake to enjoy the rest of this perfect summer day.

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