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!

Meeting Doyle Bramhall II, and the Many Faces of Vlad

All I could say was, “that was awesome.”  He kindly said, “thank you.”  And he was awesome.  It was.  His band was.  Jason took me to see Doyle Bramhall II at Motorco in Durham the other night.  It was an unexpected surprise.  Jason has his CDs, listens to his music regularly, so I get to enjoy it as well, but I was not expecting to go see him play.  I stay so busy, my mind clears out every few seconds it seems and I can hardly keep up with my own name.  I do remember when we realized Doyle Bramhall was going to be in town; but I am so glad that Jason actually kept up with it and put it on the calendar.  It was such an experience to hear him play in person.  DB2 has such a presence, both in how he presents himself as a person and, ohmygosh, in how he plays.  He is left-handed and plays with his guitar flipped for a left-handed player but strung for a right-handed player, with the low E string on the bottom.  I was amazed.

He was so kind to speak with his fans after the show. He signed the CD I bought. I am happy to say that it has been playing as I drive around in Ms. Ellie. I love his song Mama Can’t Help You.  (This song has such a groove.  I love the sentiment, the sound.  Beware my readers with tender ears, it has one bad word.)

In other news, Vladimir continues to be extremely important. If I nap, he gets close by in a large basket and watches out for me.

He gets up on his high perch on the cat tower and shows off that cute pink spot on his lower lip.

He is not afraid to spread out on his back in the middle of the floor.  All 16+ pounds of him. I would think this means great trust on his part. Or maybe he is fearless!  He sometimes even closes his eyes and naps this way.

When I talk to Vlad about being careful, he just stretches.

Sometimes Vlad gets on the refrigerator.

When I tell him that is not a kitty place, he just ignores me and acts like the refrigerator (and the kitchen!) is totally a kitty place.

Did you say something?

Lucy is quiet, but believe me she has her own importance going on. We shall talk about her soon. Right now she is sleeping and not to be disturbed.

Much to do yet today. More practice with Mr. Jason Barker. (I want to play like Jason when I grow up.) I need to stop by the shop this evening to prepare some things for Saturday. I have some studying to do.  I know the evening will fly quickly away.

Enjoy this day!