The snow has piled on the roof of my porch… and has started leaking through some spot in the roof into my porch… and into the storage places filled with “stuff”. (Anyone want to come here and climb up on the roof to clear it off?)
One of the treasures amongst “the stuff” is a collection of scrapbooks of my Mom’s. She has put together dozens of these books and on one of her cleaning sprees she cleaned out some of the books that she didn’t want. And so they came to me. Now, as many of you know, I am something of a packrat, not wanting to get rid of things that have sentimental value or a possible future use. These scrapbooks fall into the sentimental category.
When I got the scrapbooks I knew what was inside them, as she has been putting them together since before I was born. (Yes, we are talking over 50 years and that makes them antiques as well, right?) The scrapbooks contains articles that she has clipped out of magazines and newspapers. They contain craft ideas, time-saver tools and strategies, and humorous stories, songs, etc.
Sadly the books were in the “drip-line” of the melting snow. Fortunately I found the problem before too much damage had been done to the contents of the cupboards. Only the bottom book in the pile had any serious sogginess. Out of the cupboard they came and the bottom one was opened up to dry.
This morning I sat down and took a gander at the pages.
the point of the story
Amongst the stories and craft projects were quite a few gardening ideas. There were some brick and wooden benches you can make around trees, a pretty cool indoor garden area made of bricks in a window area… and there were outdoor garden containers made from frying pans and old dresser drawers!
Today, we get all excited with the new-fangled ideas of creative container gardens. Who would have thought of using a drawer? Well someone did… back in 1958.
the future story
As I looked through the pages of the book, which also contained lots of ideas for creating things for children, I thought of my grandchildren… and their children.. and their children.
Wouldn’t it be cool if these scrapbooks were still around and my grandkids could say to their grandchildren, “These were put together by your great-great-great-grandmother.”
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)