Jack and the Beanstalk

Me and the fur kids are camped out on the couch again today…

Long story short, my palindromic rheumatism (which flares up every few years) caused the big ol’ Bakers Cyst behind my knee to rupture, and I’ve been limping around since Friday night. Short story gross– there’s a bloody/cyst-y mess the size of a piece of bacon trapped in the tissue around my calf. I’m off to see an orthopaedic surgeon tomorrow, to make sure it’s okay to just let it heal on its own, but in the meantime, here I am. On the couch again.

I’ve been watching way too much Undercover Boss (pass the tissues, please), and reading lots of oldie-but-goodie shelter mags. This morning I got lost in a sweet little book I bought at a flea market last week. It was stacked on top of a shelf full of other previously-loved books, and I was drawn to it like a magnet the minute I saw the words “pop-up” on it’s spine. The sticker on it’s cover read $1.25, but the vendor was having a 50% off sale at the time, so I was able to take it home for just 63 cents. Score!

Every single pop-up is in perfect condition, and the whole book is only 4 pages long. Absolutely fascinating!

I feel like I’m extra drawn to pop-up books because of a blurry-edged memory I’ve got stored somewhere at the back of my brain. I can’t see the title or the pictures anymore, but I do have the faintest flash of turning a paper dial on the outside edge of a page, and seeing something move as a result. Pure magic!

I was enchanted to the edge of my seat back then, and I found myself feeling that exact same way again when I discovered Jack and the Beanstalk the other day. It’s crazy how memories can race across time and pop-up pages to reignite those kinds of feelings again!

Have you come across something that’s thrilled and transported you like that lately? If so, I know someone who’s stuck on a couch that would love to read about your experience if you feel like sharing it.

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  1. ReneeM says

    Love to go to yardsales and the like, but haven’t been to many this summer due to my mother-in-law having to move in with us, needing full time care. But just this morning my hubby was happy to let me get out for a while with my daughter and granddaughters so we hit a few local sales. We all found some treats(dolls, books, butterfly pillow), but my daughter and I both found little project pieces. She found a wooden shelf with coat hooks, and she wants to clean it up and repaint it for her girls room. I found a wonderful old picture frame that I want to put an old calender print in(fairies) and hang in my guest room. Love your blog, it is such an inspiration! Hope you are on the mend and feeling better by now!

  2. Tamela says

    Yes! I grew up in South Africa and had a wonderful book called “The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton. It was the most magical book. None of my friends in the U.S. had heard of it and I couldn’t find it in any of the children’s bookstores here. Finally I found a copy online and had it shipped from the U.K. It was dreamy to finally have it in my hands again after all these years!

  3. says

    I have a love for pop up books also. If you have not seen the amazing work of Robert Sabuda. You should check his work out. It is amazing what he does with folding paper.
    One of the highlights of Christmas is reading his Chirstmas books to my children.

  4. says

    Hey Layla! I hope you are feeling better. I followed your link to the wikipedia page on palindromic rheumatism and I just had to comment! I had an attack just like this a few years ago where I had sudden onset of joint pain, which started in my wrists and then progressed within a day or so to my ankles and knees and eventually (over the course of a week or so) all over my body to the point where I could barely walk across a room or get out of bed. It was the weirdest thing and at the time I thought for sure I had rheumatoid arthritis. I had made an appointment with a neurologist but because I was a new patient couldn’t get in for at least a month or so and by the time the appointment rolled around, the pain had disappeared so I never went. I have always wondered what in the world that “attack” could have been and why it appeared so suddenly, lasted maybe two weeks or so, and then disappeared! In all the research I did during that time, I never came across palindromic rheumatism before and now after reading about it, I’m convinced that had to have been what mine was. But now I’m wondering if this is something that could likely reoccur at some point. You mentioned that your attacks flair every few years? I wondered how old you were when you had the first one and how many flairs you had before you were able to get a definitive diagnosis for it? I’ve always heard that any time of autoimmune type disorders are very hard to diagnose. I know you’re a busy gal, but if you have a chance, I’d really be interested in hearing about your experiences if you would be willing to share!

    Love your blog and absolutely love all the inspiration I draw from it! :)

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