S. and I found a number more books I'd been missing.
I called S.'s attention to the cover of Kimberly Gardner's Phoenix Rising. I said, "In the full picture..."
"Oh, no," S. said.
"...his fingers are there."
We found a variety of romances, travel guides, a book of baby names -- not that I ever planned to have a child -- and the City Tavern Cookbook.
We went back to going through papers. S. read aloud from one piece of paper. "She sucked him until he couldn't take it anymore..."
"Editing," I said.
I had a big case of makeup, and we threw the makeup out, as it was old. "I want to throw away all the lipsticks except for the black lipstick," I said.
S. held one up. "Is this lavender or chartreuse?" he asked. Lavender or something, anyway. When I asked later so I could quote him, he said chartreuse. I'd told him that his question was going to be quoted. He seemed a little amazed by my very large collection of nail polish. "Wet and Wild?" he asked. It's the name of one of the brands. I assume he figured that out.
We filled a couple of small boxes with candles. I have two bigger boxes of candles downstairs, too. S. picked up a bunch of lighters. He asked if I smoked. "They're to light the candles and incense," I said. We went through the lighters to see which ones still worked.
Another of the books we found was Roses of the World in Color by J. Horace McFarland, published in 1938. It's so much fun for me to see what was popular then and what's still available from specialist rose nurseries. I'm still missing Landscaping with Antique Roses, but maybe that will turn up at some point, too.
We worked a bit in the computer room, and I found a lot of printouts of novellas and novels I'd edited. I recycled the printouts. I have the published versions as e-books. We found a lot more books in the computer room. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?" S. asked.
"You can have it," I said.
"I'm the one who should be giving tips," S. said. I think he said something about them or the show being stereotypical. The word "stereotypical" was in there. I thought the show was rather groundbreaking at the time. Well, S. can get away with saying what's stereotypical. I remember him early on in our acquaintance saying that he loved Judy Garland.
S. found Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction. "You can have it," I said. S. said that he was trying to cut back on the amount of possessions he had, too. I had a couple more Amish romances near Changeling romances. "Some of these Changeling stories were really cute," I said. I found The ADHD-Autism Connection, from when I was reading a lot of books about that spectrum. I collect books on various topics. I think S. already had the idea that I had a wide variety of interests.
S. helped Dad move an old recliner and a big old TV out to the front porch. I think a veterans' group of Dad's is coming to collect old furniture and household goods. I'm pretty sure that S. can lift more than his own weight. We talked about him doing yard work sometime, too.
All in all it was a pretty productive day. I dropped S. off so he could make the 4:30 p.m. train. I'm tired, but I feel like we got a good bit accomplished.
Later: I read The ADHD-Autism Connection again. It was published in 2002, so of course the med lists are outdated. There's some talk of religion, which made me a little nervous. I don't know if any of the ideas in the book will be in the DSM-V. (V? I think that's the number they're on.) There was a good bit about how children with ADHD are often diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, too. Because of course if someone has an actual disorder their behavior must be willfully their fault (sarcasm).
There was a good bit about executive function and how a disorder that affects that can cause problems. It was interesting to get a refresher in what problems are caused for someone when their executive function isn't functioning too well.