Friday, September 26, 2014
I sometimes wonder if I had become a Veterinarian or Vet Tech. would I have dreams about operating on animals?
Do you dream about your work?
Sunday, September 21, 2014
....and bed sets too. I don't think there is much in our house that we have even bought. And the quilts are all made lovingly by my mom.
I recently read a book called "Fire Bird" where the main character could hold an item and know about the previous owners.
I would love to have that ability. To be able to sit on one of these old pieces of furniture and know about those who owned it before me. The rocking chair though, it is new. It is special because my in-laws had it made for me when my son was born. When my grandparents were moving I had wanted one of their rocking chairs, but they didn't give me one. How I would have loved to sit in a chair that was theirs and remember them and our time spent together. Perhaps though I'll pass this chair down to my children or grandchildren, and they will think about me and know that I spent hours rocking in this chair with my babies.
Do you have any old furniture from relatives long gone, do you think about them when you sit on them and wonder what their lives might have been like?
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Here is a photo of me with my daughter on one of her first trips to an amusement park.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Part of my Stay-Cation is cleaning my office. As I clean I stop and look through my scrapbooks. Most of them are from when my children were little. It was one of those "Stay At Home Mom" things to do. Back then all the "At Home" Mom's would get together and scrapbook, talk and watch the children play. Today as I looked through them I thought of how blessed I was to stay home with my children when they were young.
It was a choice I made quiet happily. I loved staying home with my children. Life was slow, and lazy. There was library time, meal times, nap time ( that was a favorite), special TV show time. There was play group, and for awhile speed walking in the mall. I think the only thing I really missed was adult conversation. As most of my time was spent with just me and my two kids. I probably drove my husband crazy when he came home because I just needed to talk to someone on an adult level.
It was nice to be the one who taught my children about the world. I taught them how to read, and write. We went on nature walks, and spent lazy summer days at the pool, and on weekends we spent our evenings at the beach. And when sickness hit the house we all just snuggled up together and got better. There was no worry about work schedules, babysitters etc... We lived in our own little bubble of a world and really it was wonderful.
We also could just go away on vacation with out really having to worry about being back. It was nice to share two different worlds with my children. The crazy New Jersey town and beach life, and the quiet mountain life of Vermont. I would not change anything from those years,
they were wonderful.
Now my children are teens, and they need to learn to be independent, and I can't stand the empty house all day. So as much as I miss those slow days, I'm glad for my busy work world, because staying at home with the children out of the house is not fun. Well except for vacation because everyone needs time off. And the quiet today was just wonderful!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
I liked our big bedroom, and the color it was painted, it was beautiful in the morning sun. I didn't like the plaster walls. It cost a lot to fix those walls, and ceilings. I didn't realize what a fixer upper we had bought. I wish I had a Realtor like we had out here back then. I would probably never have bought that house if I knew how much needed fixing and knew how fixated my husband would be on making it look period correct. We were talking just this week about how nice it is to have a house that doesn't need major fixing.
I loved the kitchen that my husband built with the help of a lot of different friends. I hope someday to get the same colors in my new kitchen. But if it never happens that will be OK. My upstairs living room in the new house has a great color scheme and I can just feel so comfortable and relaxed in it.
I love the family memories. Watching my children grow, getting our furry friend. We have wonderful memories of living in that house. We also have a lot of crazy duplex stories. I've been thinking of writing about life in a duplex. Because life can be different when you have no control over who lives right next door. And that is why I'm so glad to have my new house and a fence around the yard.
But here is to the wonderful crazy duplex years!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
But I know one thing, I would have gotten really sick. I might have been one of those passengers who set off the first wave of illness. I could have been one that died from it and had my body thrown over into the ocean. I think possibly I would have prayed for death if I was in their shoes. As I unfortunately get motion sickness very easily. People who don't suffer from motion sickness just can't understand the dread of it.
When I was in high school I went on two ocean boat trips. The first I was not prepared for the fact that I would get motion sick. And unfortunately for me and the rest of the people it was a very windy and stormy day. Let's just say I was the first to get sick, but almost everyone that day got sick. Solid land was a welcome sight to us all.
One thing I have learned about motion sickness is that it is hereditary. And so I assume that one poor woman at some point survived a very bad trip across the ocean. I'm grateful she made it here and that I'm able to live in this great country. But I'm glad I don't ever have to take a journey on a ship to an unknown land. Flying across the country was bad enough for me and my daughter.
You can find lots of photo's of ships and information on who was on the ships just by searching for
"Ships of my ancestors"
Thursday, August 28, 2014