Sunday, May 31, 2009
In case you didn't notice, I'm guestblogging at Meanderings and Muses today. North Carolinians, and alumni of Ludwigsburg American HS and Roger Ludlowe HS may especially want to read it.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Lucky for me that Kathrynzj at RevGalBlogPals posted her Friday Five nice and early, as the weather may at last be a little more cooperative with us Census Bureau canvassers today. Fortunately I got one or two things checked off a to-do list on the rainy days. Anyway, Kathryn says:
"Greetings from the land of the Big To-Do!It seems like every year I enter into the summer with a growing list of HUGE projects/events/trips that seem to have a permanent place on the 'to do' list.This year I have a huge move pending so that takes up an entire list all on its own, but it doesn't take a big event like that for me to make plans bigger than my summer can hold!How about you?Is this the third summer in a row you have made a pledge involving your garage and actually getting a car into it?Did you once again miss the registration deadline for the continuing education event of your dreams ?Are you starting to think you couldn't even find the tents, let alone get it together to pull off a camping trip?Here is your chance to get it out into the open and OWN your Big To-Do! Who knows? Maybe making the list will help you move the Big To-Do to the Big Ta-Da!
1) What home fix-it project is on your Big To-Do?
Inspired by my friend The CEO, who spent part of our beach week choosing a new paint color for the beach house interior, I'd like to paint a room in some color other than white! Probably the dining room/sunroom (they are one and the same) -- it needs it, and also it has less furniture than most of the other rooms so it will be an easier project. I'm thinking a pale yellow.
2) What event (fun or work) is on your Big To-Do?
Finishing our work with the address canvassing for the Census Bureau is certainly on there, and I also have a paid genealogy project to work on. For fun? Onkel Hankie Pants is in two plays this summer, and I'll be attending those; meeting my new twin grandnieces is also on the agenda.
3) What trip is on your Big To-Do?
Even though I do this every year, our annual trip to West Denmark Family Camp in Wisconsin is a big item on my agenda. This year will be extra-special as Cordeliaknits and her partner will be there, Sisterfilms and some friends will be singing and playing one of the evenings, and (great trepidation here), I'm assisting Sisterfilms with the children's crafts on the first day of camp. My major part is to read the stories, she's coming up with the crafts but I will help out during that portion of the two-hour crafts time as well. The photos accompanying this post are from past Family Camps. They illustrate singing, skits, and sitting under the trees -- three of the many fun activities we do, interspersed with morning coffee, noon dinner, afternoon coffee, supper, and evening coffee. There's also folk dancing, talks and discussions, and of course crafts.
4) What do you wish was on someone ELSE's (partner, family member, celebrity, etc...) Big To-Do?
I'm wishing for Cordeliaknits to find a call, preferably in a more progressive state than California -- say Iowa or, even better, one of the New England states.
5) Getting inspired? What may end this summer having moved from the Big To-Do to the Big Ta-da?
Well, #s 2 and 3 will certainly get done. I just remembered a further house project for which summer is a good time: completing the sorting, repairing and shelving of a number of books down in the nice cool basement (and also some in the not-as-cool guest room and library on the second floor -- but then, that room gets nice breezes off the river.)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
In the process of switching the winter clothes upstairs and the summer clothes downstairs, I found that some of my handkerchiefs were in need of ironing. That was a quick project, and scattered through this post you will see some of the results. (The Christmas hankies are just going to wait till around November.)
I realize that I may be a bit of an oddity in that I don't exactly "collect" handkerchiefs -- I actually use them. I do usually have a box of tissues in the house, but I don't normally carry them around unless I have a really horrible cold. Otherwise, handkerchiefs do the job just fine. Also, they are not only reusable almost infinitely, but they do not do awful things if one forgets them in a pocket before doing the laundry.
You can't necessarily see it in these pictures, but some of my handkerchiefs are a little the worse for wear. In fact, some probably ought to be thrown out or perhaps made into some kind of craft project, they are so tattered. That isn't surprising, since most of them are 50-60 years old. Nearly all my handkerchiefs were acquired at my old church's annual Rummage Sale, during the years when the church ladies who were then in their 70s and 80s were clearing out their homes in preparation for moves to smaller quarters. One of them told me that when they were young women in the 1940s and 50s, handkerchiefs were a common gift for occasions such as the Women's Federation Christmas party, or were brought back as souvenirs for friends when one had taken a trip. I'm sure some of these were also gifts from children, as I can remember buying handkerchiefs for my mother at Woolworth's (when I wasn't getting rosewater-and-glycerin lotion). For several years I bought all the handkerchiefs I could find at the sale.
Just before starting this post, I checked out "ladies' handkerchiefs" on the Internet. Uh-oh! New ones might cost $37.50 apiece at one place; vintage printed handkerchiefs seem to start around $7.00 apiece and go up from there. That's a little rich for my blood. Still, my new church is having its annual "Clothing and Linens" sale soon -- maybe there will be some hankies there at a more reasonable price. I hope so. I don't want to give them up. They remind me of all those elders who were so welcoming to me and provided so much love and wisdom over the years; and of a simpler time in my childhood when the teacher checked each morning to see that we had clean hands, clean teeth, and a clean handkerchief.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Another advert for a TV programme that has caught my eye on the UK's Channel 4 this weekend is called Love, Life and leaving; and is a look at the importance of celebrating the seasons of life through ritual and in the public eye, hence marriages, baptisms and funerals.