I found an old Piccadilly notebook that I got on sale at Borders a couple of years ago lying around gathering dust. It looks just like a Moleskine, and is the same type of format replete with elastic cord, ribbon page marker (which I hate) and pocket in the back.
As for the Piccadilly--I actually don't like it and wouldn't buy another. Mind you, it's better than Moleskine by a long shot: much better paper and no nasty chemicals (read their site, I swear! It's a Prop 65 warning for CA residents because Moleskine uses a "plastic softener" PLUS, they're made in China. I'm trying to stop buying things made in China. Just a personal conviction). However, I find that the lines are WAY too narrow for my writing, and that there is a fair amount of show through on the pages (you can see that in the page above) especially with fountain pen ink. I also prefer paper with a bit of "tooth" to it, and these pages are very slick. It takes my fountain pen ink (Private Reserve in Fiesta Red, if you're interested) a fair amount of time to dry. Frixions work fantasmically on it though! Here's the page I used to test my new ones on:
I think when I finish this notebook I will try either the Ecosystem Notebooks or the Exacompta Basics notebooks. Both of them have a bit of tooth, and the Ecosystem is recycled AND made in the U.S. Plus, I've decided that I really prefer white paper to ivory.
But meanwhile back at the ranch: This "log book" experiment is working WONDERFULLY well. On the daily pages, I just write the weather, things that are going on (lots about fires lately, sadly), things the kids do/say, thoughts, feelings etc. There is OODLES of space, as I can determine how many pages I need per day--I LOVE THIS PART!!
The only things I'm still having trouble with are: 1. Where to put contacts. I don't want to have to re-write these, and right now they're still in my Filofax Topaz (which is wearing at the corners already *sniff*. Crummy leather) 2. Where to put lists. 3. Some routine tasks are not making it onto my weekly pages. Of course, with my life having come to a grinding halt this summer, it's not all that critical, and I have plenty of time to work on solutions to these issues. I think that as this is working so very well, even if I return to a "regular" type planner, I will continue with the daily log book. This means that my planner choices and needs have changed very dramatically--and you know what that leads to---Yep...MANY MORE HOURS ON PLANNERISMS!! (Doing RESEARCH, I said! RESEARCH)
**HUGE thank you to Laurie, without your blog I would be so lost...