I am on break from school, and the house is quiet. My Dearest Husband took the two older boys with him to work. He’s a self-employed fixer-of-all-things, which is convenient when the kids need spending money (they are forced to earn it); and we usually don’t have to fight for a day off when he needs it. In a nutshell, I had the time to re-read some of my previous posts and do some writing that is not for school. What a glorious day!
Nonetheless, some of my old posts made me sad. Brookdale Mall, which I posted about in May of 2009, has been torn down. It stood nearly vacant for some time before its date with the wrecking ball. I discovered the news as a cold shock on a Facebook post from a former classmate of mine. It was just as startling as hearing about the death of an old friend who’s been sick. You know it’s going to happen, but with selfish desire we wish the ill to hang on with us for another hour, another day. Not for the sake of the dying, but out of our own wish to hang on to what was.
On a more positive note, I did find a good krumkake iron on eBay, and finally got around to using it last weekend. I am not the Krumkake Queen, however (yet), and half of them turned out overdone. It is sad, but I am sure with much more practice I will master the art of krumkake baking and rolling! My boys are very positive that if I make these year-round, by Christmas of 2012 they should come out a perfect shade of light golden brown. For now, we are all enjoying the dark ones with ice cream.
Since school has been absorbing much of my time, I have not been antiquing for ages! I am missing it enormously! My 5/19/09 post, InstantAncestors: $1 Each, brought to mind a worthy project that I have recently discovered & have squeezed in time for between holiday errands. It is called Find-A-Grave. I discovered this a couple of months ago when looking into my own family history, and was touched to find that there are people who volunteer to take photographs of headstones and memorials and post them online for others who are too far away or for whatever reason cannot make it to the graves of their family members. If you haven’t heard of this project, please check it out and support it if you can. It is very helpful for those who are working on family history projects. Each online memorial has a page for pictures of the grave site and the person as well. There is enough space on the memorial to post the obituary and link to other family members, whether or not they are buried in the same cemetery.
I realize this may sound a bit morbid, but this may be the only sense of closure for some. The volunteers who posted my own great-grandfather’s memorial (who are not by any means related to me) were happy to transfer the “ownership” or maintenance of the memorial to me, and were quick to help when corrections were needed. I visited a local country cemetery last week to take three photos as a new volunteer, and although I only found two of the three I was looking for, I was amazed to find that one of my parents’ old friends from high school was buried in that cemetery. It may not sound fantastic, but I was pretty surprised to see that Virgil was buried about fifty miles away from his hometown where my mom & he went to school.
Well, I’m off to do something constructive before the guys come home J