The weekend was a whirlwind of busy-ness. It started with a Friday walk on the Hillsborough River Walk. We just missed the rain, getting our steps in before the drops started falling! Jason and I admired again the amazing man-made stickwork structure by artist Patrick Doughtery.
I was in my sweet little shop Sidetracked on Saturday. I love meeting my customers. I had a new customer from Raleigh who found me on line. She and her husband stopped in and we had a nice visit. Of course, the kitties (all four of them) keep life interesting and sweet.
Jason and I did a lot of garden work over the weekend, which was evidenced by my Fitbit blowing up with steps. I managed a quick stop by The Scrap Exchange where I saw some beautiful quilt tops. I passed them by without purchasing, but I did take a few pictures.
Last night, Jason and I spotted the sweetest little tree frog. It had gotten up onto a hand railing. He was very friendly, and did not seem to mind having some photos taken. We (I) did not want to blind him with bright light, so I took a green stick-light from my purse to give Mr. Frog (or Mrs. Frog) a light show.
The enchantment with textures and layers is always present.
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.
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.
And if you think Vlad and Lucy are any better at keeping things even-keeled, well think again.
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!