BTS and BTW


Back to school season is upon us. While the savvy and most organized shoppers have already placed orders for school things back in April or May, right now is the prime time to start thinking about AHHH! school supplies.

My mother was a big fan of stationery. She liked to shop for fresh items. She liked different things. She passed that love on to her daughter, who is borderline paperholic. No, full-fledged! What could be better than fresh pads of paper, notebooks full of nothing but possibility, new pencils and erasers, art supplies. They give you hope. You give them ideas! You exercise creative power!

As an Amazon warehouse worker and picker of orders, today and yesterday have seen a lot of Crayola products,  from tank-style markers to boxes of crayons to – one of my favorites: the metallic coloring pencils. Crayola is not just for kindergarten age people.

Speaking of kindergarten, a book called Mrs. Bindergarten and her Kindergarten or something like that came across my path today – she is getting 26 new students and they have interesting names.

Also related to school is the book bag or back pack. The Leaper knapsacks with pretty and colorful flowers and nice stitching continue to impress, along with their slogan or motto: Action is Power. (Information is power too; nonaction is also an action.) Today there were daisies and some earth tones that transition from spring and summer into the autumn weather. A refreshing sight is also a simple backpack and North Face had this in their RECON backpack in dark blue with some green accent details. In the area of novelty bags are the Harry Potter Diamond Houses slouch bag, and Bose sound systems has a very cute charcoal color soft bag about five to six inches square that appeals to me.

It is not possible for a person on a modest budget to purchase everything one sees. If there were less spending limit and more free retail rein, these are some things yours truly might buy:

Repel lemon and eucalyptus bug repellant in a carry-along two pack.

A tee-shirt from The Mountain. They are always coming out with a new shirt with cats of wolves or something and it is always enjoyable to find one.

Funny meow drink cozies with a white cat that has red white and blue stripes on its face. Ha!

A Tart Tamper. This is a smooth-turned wooden stick that I have never used one of these in my life but why not?

C-Line three-ring notebook pouches.

Even —— ? Cake strips. These are to make nice unruffled edges on multi-level cakes,

A Peter Pauper press mosaic journal in brown and gold hues.

Stepping toward Heaven??? A purple journal that was written a long time ago. Steps to Heaven?

Something CIGA striped bathing suit in red.

Putting mirror to align your shots on the gold course or putting green.

Gracious Granola from a company called 18 Rabbits, with a San Francisco address, looked yummy and it is hard to sell me granola.

Squid lures.

Cute baby nail clippers with a yellow duck on them and a Japanese name.

A blue baseball cap with a fleur-de-lis and postmodern bling.

JAXX portion control lunch bag with a beverage container that rides with it. These just in!

Eighteen three and a half by one inch cardboard strips were inside a plastic tote. I picked them up as trash and find them endlessly fascinating – they emit positive feng shui vibrations. In the middle of it all was a nifty metal pipe fitting from a company named Merit.

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