Books With Attitude – Or Why I am Starting a Vintage Bookstore on Etsy

Well it has certainly been a ‘busy’ (read boring) couple of months for me! You might remember that on Boxing Day 2015,  I broke my ankle. The downside of this is that I have spent two months: laying around in pain, hobbling from the bedroom to the bathroom and generally training myself to use crutches, before wonder of wonders, being able to go downstairs again. Phew….talk about testing one’s patience!

I have since come to realise that there is an incredible upside to this torture. My hubby and daughter have noblely picked up the reins to steer this frisky horse that is our family life down a different trail. Hubby takes my daughter to school every morning and picks her up in the afternoons (of course, she has her Learners Licence so is really dropping herself to school and back). I no longer pack school lunches for daughter or dinners for hubby’s night shift. I went out a total of 5 times during the two month period….in the car, driven by others to not so far away places.In short, I have learnt how to relax! And have had plenty of time to think about the next stage of my Boomer life.

Not having the luxury to retire as yet, I have decided that I need to do something else (besides reading numerous novels and writing the occasional blog post) to fill the days and perhaps earn a little extra income. I have finally let go of the idea that I can return to my old (or ANY work for that matter),  as my fibromyalgia, bicuspid valve an extreme tiredness will not allow such nonsense.  So what do I do……?

Something with books of course!

I started cataloguing my 1000s of books. That took a few days, but with the aid of an app and a camera, I managed to put all of my hubby’s, daughter’s and my own books on a database. I then sorted out which ones I would keep in  my collection and which were duplicates or now superfluous to my needs. Another few days passed.

Soon the days began rolling by and after checking out ebay, Alibris, Abe Books, Trading Post, Gumtree, Shopify and Etsy, I have chosen the latter as my platform. At the moment I am busy listing my items on my “Books With Attitude” shopfront on Etsy Australia.

I have many interesting, surprising and dearly loved classics, fiction, cookery, biography and sci fi and fantasy books to offer. I have not yet posted the link to the hundred or so books that I want to stock my shelves with, merely because it is taking me for ever to do things ‘properly’. In the near future, I also intend to attend (or get hubby to attend) some local markets to show off my wares.

If you want a sneak peak please visit:

Please do not criticize or make suggestions at this point, as I know that the web page is a bit rough around the edges right now.

Anyway, if you’re into books, particularly of the vintage type, take a squizz. I hope to soon have something for everyone listed on the site!







Beware the Ides of March

Happy Ides of March day to all and sundry. But what does this even mean? Yes it is a quote Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Yes it was an underwhelming 2011 movie starring George Clooney. So why do I wake up every 1 March and say, “Beware the Ides of March?”

According to the following article from the Observer, it is just another day. Borgna Brunner writes:

“The Ides of March – just one of a dozen Ides that occur every month of the year”

{© 2000–2016 Sandbox News Inc publishing as Infoplease on 1 March 2016}

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The soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March,” has forever imbued that date with a sense of foreboding. But in Roman times the expression “Ides of March” did not necessarily evoke a dark mood—it was simply the standard way of saying “March 15.” Surely such a fanciful expression must signify something more than merely another day of the year? Not so. Even inShakespeare’s time, sixteen centuries later, audiences attending his play Julius Caesar wouldn’t have blinked twice upon hearing the date called the Ides.

The term Ides comes from the earliest Roman calendar, which is said to have been devised by Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome. Whether it was Romulus or not, the inventor of this calendar had a penchant for complexity. The Roman calendar organized its months around three days, each of which served as a reference point for counting the other days:

  • Kalends (1st day of the month)
  • Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months)
  • Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months)

The remaining, unnamed days of the month were identified by counting backwards from the Kalends, Nones, or the Ides. For example, March 3 would be V Nones—5 days before the Nones (the Roman method of counting days was inclusive; in other words, the Nones would be counted as one of the 5 days).

Days in March

March 1: Kalends;
March 2: VI Nones;
March 3: V Nones;
March 4: IV Nones;
March 5: III Nones;
March 6: Pridie Nones (Latin for “on the day before”);
March 7: Nones;
March 15: Ides

Used in the first Roman calendar as well as in the Julian calendar (established by Julius Caesar in 45 B.C.E.) the confusing system of Kalends, Nones, and Ides continued to be used to varying degrees throughout the Middle Ages and into theRenaissance.

So, the Ides of March is just one of a dozen Ides that occur every month of the year. Kalends, the word from which calendar is derived, is another exotic-sounding term with a mundane meaning. Kalendrium means account book in Latin: Kalend, the first of the month, was in Roman times as it is now, the date on which bills are due.