What a difference a year and some regular rain make.

While we've had nearly two weeks of cold and wet weather, this weekend has turned into a beautiful one. Last year, at this time, the fields were too dry to even plant and now they are likely to be too soggy to plow for a while.

Two of my friends and I enjoyed the third annual Quilt Shop Hop on Friday. We left at 9 a.m. and I got back to the library parking lot at 5:50 p.m. To my dismay, nothing happened when I hit the button to open my door lock. The key opened it and I expected the alarm to go off.

It turned out that my 11-month-old battery was deader than a doorknob. After a 45-minute wait for a wrecker service to take me to the dealership, along with another wait there, I finally got home after 8 p.m. You know those big trucks are just not made for little old ladies to climb in to.

Thank goodness my warranty took care of all the expenses, plus they washed and vacuumed my car. Not too bad a deal for some inconvenience and a little scare. The battery was deemed bad - I hadn't left my lights on all day. I do wish the little beeping sound was a little louder when I open the door and the lights are still on.

Friday turned into a great day for the trip and shopping. It doesn't do me any good to say I'm not going to buy any more fabric or maybe just a piece. I found some gorgeous fabrics that just reached out and grabbed me and some to complement other fabrics, as well as to work with some quilts in the planning stages.

We started at Victory, then to Port Lavaca with lunch there, on to Rockport (which two of us went to the prior Friday for the Rockport Quilt Show), then got on the ferry to Port Aransas before heading back home to finish up at the shop on Staples. I managed to hit another quilt shop on Thursday and loaded up on Christmas fabrics and another group of geisha girl fabrics while they had a sale.

If you like poetry and classical literature there are a number of books on the sale table from my weeding 800s. I'll be tackling the 900s (travel and history) next, so if you enjoy those books, keep an eye on the sale table.

A date for a program to celebrate the addition of the mammoth tusk to the children's library has been tentatively set for March 27, the last Saturday in the month. As soon as the speaker lets me know it is a good date for him, we'll make more formal announcements.

Miss Jean should be back and we can all have a good time. Hopefully we will be able to go to Kingsville next week and pick up some other bones or fossils of animals found at Bluntzer and add them to the upper display case.

If the weather is good, we expect to have the tusk case and artifact case installed this week. It is great to have this project nearing completion in a relatively short period of time.

As I've said before, it's all due to the support we receive from people who love our library and a great community.

When you visit any of the libraries to use a computer, please give yourself time to get a library card if you don't have one or have lost yours. If you are not aware of it, we no longer charge out-of-district or city limits fees for cards. Bring proof of residency if you have it. Otherwise, you will receive a limited library card.

Lynda Whitton is the managing librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.