One Hundred Fifty Years Old — Journal from the Civil War Era

Anyone who knows me knows that I love old things.  Searching for antiques is one of my favorite things to do.  I won’t say it is commonplace, but finding something that is 75 to 100 years old happens pretty regularly.  However, finding things from the Civil War era and older is less common, and it is always a treat that stirs my heart to find something so old!  I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pages from an old journal I discovered recently.

Oh my! The script in this is just beautiful. And look at problem #5. So old!
Again, the handwriting is just breathtaking. And look at the illustration.
I am in love with this old journal! The handwriting and drawings throughout the text are so sweet.
Notice the date of 1866.

I took this ledger-size book to a local antique dealer to speak with him about the value of some of the things I have found.  This is not the only item I found, but this is the oldest.  I may or may not sell these items, but I want them priced appropriately if I do, so that they hopefully go to people who will value them and care for them properly.  My intent is to scan and put on line the various news clippings for preservation for the future.

“What is this book, anyway?” you might be thinking.

It is actually a ledger-style notebook. My friend (he has been dealing in antiques for decades) said that it looked as if this was either a student’s or teacher’s book for school notes. We are not sure which, though it may become clear after reading each page more carefully. During the Civil War there was a shortage of many things including paper. The owner of this ledger began to repurpose it as a scrapbook, so the first portion of the book has newspaper clippings pasted over the top of the beautifully written pages. I will share more of it as time allows. Isn’t it amazing? To think, 150 years old.  My friend Dennis was nice enough to look at several things I took in for his appraisal.  Stay tuned.

In Meowfia news, Amelia just informed us that she has opened a catering business and restaurant. We had no idea! The cats are very good at keeping secrets.

Hopefully this will be successful. We are just drained from all of Mars’ various endeavors and career moves. He changes jobs at the drop of a hat. In fact, lately he has been moping around. We are worried he is about to start some new undertaking that will turn us all upsidedown again.

Mars thinks.

And if you think Vlad and Lucy are any better at keeping things even-keeled, well think again.

Constant shenanigans!!!

This is a lunch break for me, a time to have fun in the middle of a busy day. School goes very well! Work is rewarding. The shop is still my happy place. My guitar is sometimes at the forefront and sometimes in the background, depending on other deadlines and obligations. We recently had a light dusting of snow and it is very cold out, but I am waiting for and believing in springtime!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

May I Have This Lamp?

There is a certain lamp that Vladimir has taken to.  Big time.  He sometimes claws the shade.  He stands up and attempts to pull the lamp over, like he is inspecting the top of it.  He sits under the lamp.  He curls up around the base of the lamp.  It is a lamp that I found recently at the thrift store.  I really like the lamp, the shade, and the way it looks, but I think Vlad might like it even more than I do.

Vlad asked if he could have the lamp.

“No.”

He was not satisfied with that, so he enlisted Lucy to help him move the lamp. Goodness.

I told him, “Vlad! Okay, okay. We can SHARE the lamp.”

“Brrrrreow.”

I think he is satisfied.

I have the best life. Vlad and Lucy at my house, Amelia and Mars at Jason’s house. In fact, Amelia has become one of my dear babies.

She is a heavy, solid, white fluff-ball! She had given birth to five kittens when Jason adopted her. The kittens were not with her, so he really had no say over what happened to them, but Amelia has just blossomed with Jason. She looks so vibrant and healthy compared to when she was found. Amelia and I sometimes share stories about verbal abuse and sadness over wanting better for our babies.  She is a good listener.

My apartment is in a state of flux as I clean out and shop for a permanent home for myself.  I am getting rid of some things, but I am also hunting for permanent items and bringing them to the apartment to be readied for my permanent home.  I recently found the much-loved end table in the picture with Vlad (actually the matched set of end tables).  I hope to turn them into spectacular end tables for my new home.  Think sanding and painting.

Picture of Durham from the DJI Phantom 4

I really meant to blog sooner than this. I think it has been a week now since I was here! But my life is very hectic right now. Of course, you know about the recent gig. And thank you so much for your kind comments! That required practice and prep. In addition, and I might as well tell you now, I am in school for medical coding. I was really afraid my brain would not easily wrap around being in school again, but so far I have made very high A’s on everything! And I love the subject matter. I have already learned so much. I will be pursuing this subject one class at a time, looking ahead to testing and getting job experience. So there. We shall see how this progresses! I am also looking forward to another concert this week, to see a guitar player who is out of this world! Maybe I can get some really good photos to share!

Forgive my rambling! I guess I am just playing catch-up! I look forward to getting around to all of your blogs and catching up with your adventures!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn