I have Friday off from work. And nothing scheduled Saturday. Two days. I am working out things to have both days to devote to home keeping. Not housework. That should be completed by Thursday’s bedtime. The activity to which I am referring is more like making things pretty.
I have several projects lined up to create ornamental objects for the house. One is actually for Christmas decorating. I won’t reveal that at this time. I will have to see how it turns out before I publish it. A long while back I purchased some very large framed oil paintings super cheap from the thrift store. The subject matter is not why I bought them. I wanted the frames and the large sized canvases. I intend to gesso over them and put my own creations in place. I have no thought to do a painting. But, I do have an idea with which I want to experiment.
The weather is predicted to be pleasant enough to work outside. I hope to do a lot of catching up on the yard work. Every area is behind on care. I have good layer of pine straw in the front yard. I want to clean the azalea bed and mulch with the fresh straw. The purple jew is overflowing its area and I want to move it to a better spot. Weeds, weeds, weeds. I don’t even want to think about that topic right now. Yard work is excellent therapy for the mind and soul.
Part of my working out being able to stay home the two days was seeing someone this evening. Someone I love is in the hospital. I needed to see her tonight so I could have my two days without fretting about her. She seems a little improved. I told her I was coming. She said I didn’t need to go all that way. I told her I was coming anyway and could I bring her anything. A coke from Sonic.
I hope my coming helped her. It helped me. I recently saw a meme that reads: Find your tribe. Love them hard. I am defining my tribe. Redefining, I suppose. I want her to be part of it. So I needed to do something to connect. She always reminds us that we are strong women from a long line of strong women. She has to be the strongest of us, though. Frail, delicate, brave, and tougher than old shoe leather.
I appreciate him for supporting my going. I appreciate how much he supports me in so many ways for so many things. I appreciate his never giving up on his crazy wife. My half-baked ideas and goofy schemes make him shake his head.
The walking is going well. I have been getting some photographs along the way. There is so much to see and things change constantly. Leaves turning, flowers, the sky, the light on the water. Then, there are the trees themselves. So beautiful and so often overlooked. Seen as window dressing rather than a focal point. A frame around the view. But, I love the trees. See…….black lace.
I love books. Not simply reading, but books. I love the physical presence of books.
I have a Nook. I use it sometimes. In fact, it will be my companion on my upcoming trip.
But, my books are my treasures. Not every book on the shelf, but several are among the items I would load up if I had to evacuate. (Living where we do, that is a consideration.)
On my shelves are non-fiction books from the thirties through the sixties. I have a title called Orchids On Your Budget by Marjorie Hillis and its predecessor called Live Alone and Like It. I got the second to go with the first. I love her writer’s voice as much as the format and content of the books. They are copy written in the thirties.
I have a 1947 Good Housekeeping’s Housekeeping Book. I found this book at the university library over 30 years ago. I couldn’t recall the title, so I faithfully dug through piles of old books at resale shops over the years until I hit pay dirt. I paid $3.00 for it. I would have dropped $20.00 for it without batting an eye, so much did I want it.
Sixpence in Her Shoe and How to Be a Successful Mother also hold high status on my shelves. M. F. K. Fisher’s works are there alongside a book about folklore and customs of pre-WWI England.
I have some modern titles along the lines of keeping house and lifestyle or fashion. My family also supplies me with books about things of the Pacific Islands.
I have always admired the Hollywood costumer, Edith Head. I always look for the costumer’s name in the credits and am pleased when it is her. I had picked up a book at a resale shop a few years ago called The Dress Doctor. I thought it was simply illustrated by her. I finally picked it up while tucked in the house out of the cold rain we have had these many recent days. What a find! It is written as her in first person talking about fitting and costuming the legendary ladies of what is now considered Old Hollywood. I am loving it!
Having recently seen Gloria Swanson in Sadie Thompson and Clara Bow in It, I was delighted to read about what they were like. They are “new” in my experience. Mae West was another I have only just recently had an opportunity to see in film. She is another one Ms. Head writes about who is remarkable in what she would do for the effect she wanted. Strong women with a strong sense of who they were and what they wanted. If they had fears or reservations, they held them in check and moved forward.
My love for old books has linked up with my love for old movies. I am particular and odd in my tastes. But, being “different” is one of my favorite things about me. Now to get my fears and reservations in check and move forward as well. My treasures provide inspiration and hope for me.