Monday, January 14, 2008

A 'novel' bookstore and the naturalist proprietor....

Caution...there may be adult photos on this page!!

We continued exploring the intricacies of Quartzsite, shopping with the vendors, and stopping at a local used bookstore, The Reader's Oasis. We were amazed at the vast collection of books contained in this store and the orderly and pleasant way they were catalogued and displayed.
Now, we had heard that there was a bookseller in Q that was a "naturalist" but we assumed it was in the flea market vendor area. We spent some time selecting books to purchase and enjoying the store...and out walked Paul Winer, the proprietor, to assist us with our purchases. What a kind and soft spoken gentleman he was.....but he was wearing only three red socks! Now we girls got quite a giggle out of this, as we have never seen such a thing before! So of course, we asked if we could have a photo taken.....I know, I know.....but I'm sure we'll never have the chance again! (You don't have to look if you don't want to!)

We were most impressed with Paul's knowledge and helpfulness. There are over 150,000 titles in his store and he can locate every one of them instantly for you! He has many old and collectible books, games, sheet music and videos, maps, puzzles...just about anything you might desire to study. We were most impressed with him and his operation. He is also an accomplished pianist and a published poet.

We later discovered that there is a garden in Quartzsite called Celia's Rainbow Gardens. She died in 1994 at the age of 8 years of a heart complication. The garden was established in her memory by her family. Her name was Celia Winer, and her father is none other than Paul Winer, the pleasant naturalist and bookstore owner.
We are daily reminded that we should never judge a book by it's cover (or lack thereof).

We started our morning with Bob's creamed chipped beef for breakfast. He had some of the Applewood smoked beef left from our trip to Lancaster, PA, which had been in the freezer. With sourdough bread toasted on the outdoor grill, then topped with the chipped beef we all had a tasty and filling start to our morning. Bob has become a great outdoor cook!

We finished the day with a Baked Potato Dinner....everyone brings a baked potato and a topping to share. We had Bacon, mushroom sauce, a wonderful beef stroganoff topping, meatballs, broccoli and cheese...this was a simple and tasty dinner that we all enjoyed. No campfire as the wind had picked up and was blowing a little dust so we retired to our rigs early for the evening.

Tomorrow Bobbie and Jim make sausage gravy and biscuits and we'll head to Blythe, CA to do a little grocery shopping!


Anonymous said...

Well Molly,
I can see you were r-e-a-l-l-l-y, r-e-a-l-l-y impressed with Mr. Winer. We have one living down the road from us, but he doesn't wear socks. I mean, he keeps his clothes on. Well at least outside. He says he is a nudist I guess that's the same as a naturalist. Ya'll sure do eat alot. Ya'll have to go shopping for new clothes pretty soon. Hey can you bring back one of the sarape(oh heck!) You know one of the things that you put over your head and is very colorful and covers your body? Have you seen anyone weaving on looms doing rugs or blankets? They do amazing works of art. Usually the loom is standing upright. Really enjoy the places you have been. Allen called and I was reading it to him. Got to go.
Love ya,

Anonymous said...

Mr. Winer was on a special TV show not too long ago. They did a full history background. I'm so glad you met him, even with his 3 socks. TV didn't show his whole body, it was a great interview with his books and all the organization with them. Have fun. Dee_NC

Mary said...

It's interesting to see that the only entry that has prompted any comments is your new friend "3 Socks" -- hmmm.

I am enjoying your blog and wishing I could be there too. Please keep up the great posts!
Mary Pinner

Tiffany E. Howell said...

Now Mom... what would Granny say about Mr. 3 socks! ;-)

I think you'd make her blush!

Glad ya'll are having fun in the desert! Wish you could go down to Raleigh with us for house hunting this weekend.

Sure do miss you!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

I came across your blog quite by accident and I couldn't help but wonder...he's giving the thumbs up...where is your hand? Sorry...just wondering ;)