I've received several beautiful bookmarks in my life time, at least a couple of them made by good friends (if you're reading this blog, you know who you are). But I received my new favourite from the Hubs this week. It's an Appalachian oak leaf that's been dipped in precious metals, and it really is lovely. With every tiny vein frozen perfectly in place, it's like a never fading bit of autumn. Here it is, dangling from one of the books I'm reading this week.
I love bookmarks. They're a much better option than dog-earring pages or using a square of toilet paper to mark your place (bathroom readers do what they can) or--God forbid--breaking the spine by putting the book face down. I think I'll keep this one for a while... Best of all, it comes right after Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods and my own personal trip up to the Shenandoah that included no freeze dried food, no sleeping bags, and no outdoor privy (details are on my other blog). That's the way I like to experience nature. At least until the Mountain Man helps me achieve my inner-fantasy of becoming a true Mountain Woman when we thru-hike the AT as retirees. Haha. Little joke.