Many, many moons ago, the internet didn't exist.
And, because of that, there was no such thing as Google.
It's hard to remember, right?
For you youngsters out there, it probably sounds like the dark ages.
But, I promise it wasn't that scary.
If you needed to look up the meaning of a word, you used something called a dictionary.
But, if you needed to look up something, like say... the history of France, you had to use something called an Encyclopedia.
The most well known, as far as I know, was the Encyclopedia Britannica.
I grew up with a set, as did many generations before me.
In fact, it's been around since the 1700s.
Sadly, the last set was printed in 2010.
In all, there were 15 editions.
I have wanted my own set for years, since the 1970s set I grew up with got tossed out with the invention of Google search.
I'm not saying who tossed it, but you know it wasn't me.
Anyway, John and I like to peruse craigslist for treasures and he came across a set of 1926, 13th Edition, Encyclopedia Britannica.
Not only was it a full set, but it also came with it's own cabinet.
Can you believe it?!
I was so excited I could barely contain myself!
And do you know what that sweet man did?
He bought it and carted it all the way up here.
The insides are still perfect.
But since the books have suede covers and they aren't in the best condition, we had to be pretty careful putting them in the cabinet.
And now it's living in my den and I'm in love :)
In other news...
John and I went digging again and I found my first two bottles!
Well, to be honest, I found the spot and John dug them out, but still...
Anyway, here's one:
and here's the other one:
I thought, because John found the encyclopedias, that all of the bottles we've found together would be perfect for the top.
As we find more, I'll add those too :)
Every time I look at it, I smile.
And it makes me happy.
All thanks to John :)