I feel silly still unpacking knowing that I'm going to be packing again soon but I promised that this time no boxes from the Waterloo days were going to move unopened. The original plan was to spend a couple of years at it - opening, purging, finishing projects etc. Now I will settle for the first two and a serious reevaluation of the unfinished project problem.
Last weekend I picked the third scariest box in the pile. No point in picking the easiest; I haven't built up the steam to tackle the hardest. I was pretty sure this one was safe after all it was clearly labeled. Is this what I found?
The calendars: my plan had been to frame the artwork for a display in my hallway or stairway (depending on the year). Well, I don't have the hallway or stairway any more so all but two are gone. We had fun Sunday evening remembering the events that had been written in them. I made a few notes, then, out they went. Of the two remaining ones, one of them I made this layout:
will get the rest of the frames so they can be hung in the dining room with the Lone Pine print.
Frances' scrapbook: I'm not sure I want to tackle this when I'm feeling pressured. The issue I'm having is deciding whether to preserve the original book, which was created when she was a nursing student in St. Catharines or to save as much of the material as possible but update it. Through a weird twist of fate we ended up living in St. Catharines too and it was from her that I learned about scrapbooking. No matter which way I choose to proceed I think there should be at least one picture of great aunt Frances added. I phoned Mum to ask if she could send me any she had. I'm optimistic that she will. Procrastination?
The ephemera: purged, sorted into projects and filed with the rest of the unfinished projects. Before I have to box up those projects again, I intend to get through the pile and figure out what is reasonable to finish. For now I'm just happy to get another box cleaned out.
Archival mist and tissue here I come. Now where the cotton gloves have gotten to?