Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Blues

My son left yesterday afternoon for a week long summer camp and I miss him like crazy. I don't remember feeling this forlorn when he went last year, but I think that's because he went in mid July and, after his being home on summer break for a month and a half at that point, I was a little more "ready" for him to be gone if you know what I mean.

I have it as a goal this week to do some writing. During my last semester at college, I wrote a short story of about 25 pages that I am very fond of, and that my instructor suggested I let sit for a while before editing. It's been sitting now for 2-1/2 months and I'm ready to take another look at it. Honestly, if I only accomplish editing it to prepare it for submission to some journals, it will be enough for me for this "free" week.

(My husband already started to put pressure on me last night, though, when he walked through the door after work and asked, "How was writing?" Yeah, I gave him a withering glance.)

On my agenda for today: write a little, go get the dreaded mammogram, visit the thrift shops in the clinic's neighborhood, come home and write a little more. But before I go, I have to share a few photos of things I rescued from Auntie's garage:

Isn't the roll of shabby vintage wallpaper to die for? (I actually found that at Auntie's Goodwill for $1, not in her garage...) I am so inspired by the beautiful tags I see some of you making on your blogs! And, since participating in the It's About Time swap, I'm drawn to things like these cool old rulers!

I love this old pressed glass dish!

And the pie server -- I'm sure that handle is Bakelite. I will probably decorate the old ladles with bird nests.

Then, while at the library choosing some books-on-tape for the drive to Nebraska, I wandered into the Friends bookstore and found this charming book:

It's loaded with great drawings:

Also: here's a sneak peek of some very charming drapery panels for a child's room that I'm going to part with and list in my Etsy shop this week:

The theme of the print is "dancing" -- notice the dance card, and the faded lettering with phrases like "Cheek to Cheek", "Bunny Hop" and in other spots, even "Rock and Roll"! These draperies are A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Angela said...

Oh, I can relate! Next week, my *baby* goes off to Boy Scout camp - this will be his first week away... I guess I wont be too bored, with to other 11-year-olds and a 2-1/2 year old still at home.... :o)
I LOVE the wallpaper!

Christine said...

Good luck on your writing and I love your finds. They're great!


Lydia said...

Great drapery panel. Cool vintage finds. I might even have that same book- It looks awfully familiar- or maybe 'had'. My grandmother worked for Doubleday on Long Island, and I grew up reading hundreds of books that they printed, as my grandmother gave me books all the time. (Nancy Drew, Hardy boys, etc...)

I would read hundreds of books a year as an elementary school student-about `17-20 books a week.

Joy said...

Kudos for getting your mammogram Laurie! I know they suck but they're worth it.

Jenny said...

The Dreppard book is a great find-he wrote other books about early drawing instruction publications and other antiquarian subjects. You found other good things as well-love the thrill of the hunt! And I look forward to other posts from you :)

Allidink said...

What neat things! I just went to my grandmas house over the weekend and salvaged some things too LOL!

All the best,

Micki said...

I know how much you must miss your son! Just keep yourself busy. What wonderful finds!

Pretty Things said...

I understand about missing your kids! And good for getting the mammogram. I'd rather do that instead of the annual OB/GYN (ick).

You got some GREAT things! And you're right, that handle DOES look like Bakelite, not like Lucite, which was made to replace Bakelite.

I love seeing all your finds!