maidenbedlam: (prosperine)
We now have 60 years worth of Grandma Ethel's (J's paternal grandmother) diaries here. She kept little five-year diaries all her life, with just a short note each day. There are a few missing, but I don't know if they are gone forever or if they'll turn up in another box of Aunt #1's stuff. Also lots of photos and letters, and bless her, Ethel was wonderful about writing names and dates on photos, so we're reconstructing some bits of family history. So very cool. I'm inspired to get a little five-year book myself and start keeping that type of diary, just because I'm having so much fun reading Ethel's and thinking about my grandchildren or great-grandchildren reading the minutiae of day-to-day life.

I got the books sorted and put away and got the sunroom and family room put back together. The clutter level is starting to bug me, and I have a higher tolerance for that sort of thing than J does, so I know it's got to be driving him mad. The good thing is, it IS clutter, not DIRT. Although I could sweep this place twice a day and still have cat hair tumbleweeds spontaneously develop in the corners...

Punkin's been pushing my buttons a bit these days as far as being a little too much in the take department and not enough in the give department. I've asked her to plan on being home after school for the next two days to help me get the house together.

PS: not enjoying this weather. 
maidenbedlam: (Default)
So yesterday I was SICK. No idea what was wrong, but I felt like crap all day. Headache, tummy ache, a slight fever, no energy. Bah. I went to bed at 6:30 when I realized I was dozing off while trying to make earrings. I woke up at 9:30, starving, and got up to make some cream of wheat. I wasn't sure I could go back to sleep, so I putzed around online for a while, but was back in bed by 11:00. I woke up this morning at 7:30, hit the snooze, and then woke up again at 8:00, because the electricity went back on... I hadn't even realized it was off, though it seems it wasn't off for long.

I woke up feeling like an entirely new woman. J thinks I was just exhausted or over-fatigued, though I can't imagine why I would be. Still, sleeping like the dead for the better patr of a day seems to have healed whatever was wrong.

[profile] happy_peasant came out today to help me with some photos for Etsy. For some reason, It's been really difficult to get good photos. I even had [ profile] meryddian  out here to shoot, but we have had a hell of a time with lighting, focus, etc. Steve was able to get some really good closeup detail shots, which I will augment with artsy-fartsy shots that don't need to have as much detail. There are some of Cheryl's shots that came out really well, so between the two of them and me, I should be able to get my butt in gear on Etsy VERY soon.

Punkin's boyfriend got a new car. His Mom, who kicked him out of the house earlier this year, co-signed on a loan for him. She also brought my daughter souvenirs from her trip to Israel - a pair of very pretty malachite earrings, and a Jerusalem cross necklace.  Weird, since until very recently, she's been very anti-my-kid.  ("You know those Buddhists believe all kinds of weird things...")  I think she was unable to resist making a bit of a dig with the religious necklace, but Punkin accepted the gifts in the spirit of kindness and sent a very nice thank you note.

Oh, and the car is a bright yellow, brand new Cobalt. I am very glad he got it. Punkin's car is safe (it's my old Saturn) but the boy's car WAS a LeBaron that was literally held together with duct tape and coat hangers. I feel better knowing that neither of them is likely to break down on the road now.

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