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Monday, January 30, 2012 10:17 AM

Just five more days to wait for that ground-hog to come out of his den. Will he see his shadow? If he see’s shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter. Notice that the story never tells what happens if he doesn’t see his shadow. At any rate, there will be at least six more weeks of winter – until March 21.

That gives us at least six weeks for indoor activity. I said I wanted to clear my home of clutter by the time the tulips pop up.

So how am I doing? I’m making progress but I’ll have to move faster to meet that deadline. I have found some treasures among the throw-aways.

The last weeks of winter are a good time to get into our hobbies or develop a new one.  I always thought I would like to take up quilting, if I had more time.

I haven’t found that time but I made a New Years Resolution to do a little “scrap booking” every day. That really gets me energized. Tomorrow I promise myself to follow through on that one. A couple years ago I converted my “south” living room into my office or hobby den. So I converted the family room into the living room and I really live in it.  It is so nice to sit in front of the TV while working on projects. That room WILL be “clutter free” when the tulips and daffodils come up.

Are you looking for something to do to make these next six or seven weeks go faster? May I suggest you take up scrapbooking. My mother made a scrapbook while she was in high school and I’m proud to have it in my possession. She and my dad graduated from St. John’s High School in 1926.

Mom encouraged me to keep scrapbooks and photo albums. I have six or seven in my collection, covering the early teen years – right up till our marriage in 1951 I just didn’t do a very good job of it for a few years.  Six children came along during the next eight years so I had to put my hobby on hold. The kids, including our neighbor girl, Jan, spent lots of time sitting on the floor of that large closet upstairs, just looking at the pictures. It left the book in shambles but they surely had fun.

I continued to take lots of pictures and saved many of the kid’s school papers. I also managed to keep up on the family histories of my husband, Hups, and myself. Now I’m combining the genealogy, photography and scrapbooking into one. Scrapbooking covers it all.
Several of my granddaughters have taken up this hobby, so put this on your bucket list. Just get out that box of pictures and start sorting. Looking at the pictures is fun for the whole family. As for organizing them, I would suggest sorting them into categories, such as family, extended family school, sports, class plays, nature, vacations and travel and church. If you go out and buy some supplies, be sure to get “acid free.”

This will get you started. Watch  for This & That on Feb. 11 when I will give you a few tips to really get you going.


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