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The Treasure of Memories
Posted On 07/22/2020 23:34:43 by yourchoice

You may not believe this, but you haven’t heard from me this past month because I couldn’t come up with a topic that would be even slightly interesting in a blog. We’ve been staying close to home these days, except for necessary trips to town for groceries and medical appointments. Our favorite dining spots have been closed, except for curbside service, and the food would be cold before we got back home. A treat in town would be a drive-thru for donuts or hamburgers, but eating a meal in our vehicle can get messy.

Back home, my husband and I have different “comfort” zones, but both of us have decided that we have no time to be bored. There are too many things that still grab our attention. He spends hours every day in his shop… cleaning, repairing, organizing and building a variety of items in his shop. Living in a rural area gave him space to build a separate building, giving him space to accommodate his two hobbies… vintage telephones and tractors. We’ve been here so many years that he now has to find items that he can do without, or build more storage space. It takes longer to accomplish the planned goal because so many items bring back fond or not so fond memories. I’m experiencing similar days in our house.

I still have the daily housekeeping chores… laundry, cleaning, and cooking. I don’t have a garden now because there are too many deer in our area. I don’t even pretend to like gardening, but we do enjoy the rhubarb that comes up every year without any attention from me. It is the one plant that the deer won’t touch, so I get out our favorite recipes for rhubarb loaf, cookies, and upside-down cake. My computer grabs my attention and I have been re-learning photo restoration that I was able to do years ago. My software was outdated, so I have the added challenge of learning new software.  I’ve had a passion for photos most of my life, started with my parents’ photo albums filled with photos of me, their only child, from birth and with members of their families. My first paying job was at a photo studio just one block from my high school, where I learned to color tint wedding and family portraits. When I entered nursing school, there was only one other classmate who had a camera, and colored slides were a new and wonderful photo “invention”. These past several months, I have reminisced many hours while perusing photo albums and boxes of photos, some from my school days, some from my days of nursing, and many taken during our 57 years of marriage. There are black and white snapshots, colored prints, studio photos that are no longer in frames. There are photos that I took of our children during their growing up years, their weddings, and the growing years of our grandchildren. There are pictures of my best friends who are now no longer with us, and guests in our home that I can no longer remember their names, but the photographs bring back a flood of memories. The photos that I took when we were able to travel are now reminders, and as my father would say, can be our “Armchair Travels”.

Right now, I’m enjoying all the “stuff’ that I’ve saved. Yesterday, I found a box filled with greeting cards from family and friends, Christmas letters with added photos, birth announcements, graduation ceremony invitations, and obituaries They are tangible items that I can hold, that have personal signatures and hand written notes, and imperfect photos of family, friends of childhood homes. Everything seems like a treasure.

I’m thankful for this time of ‘isolation’ that has slowed us down and given us time to enjoy what we have, and remember the vast array of experiences in our past.


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07/27/2020 10:16:11

Wonderful blog Mona. 'Armchair Travels 'has added to my vocabulary which will give me an excuse to look through all my photo albums and boxes of old photos and letters my Mum and eldest Sister posted years ago and sadly which are no longer around. I have been doing same. I call it my Nostalgic hoarding which this lockdown has gave me more chance to look through yet again..Thanks for sharing..



07/27/2020 07:55:49

Arm chair travels, like the magic of the time machine can take you any where and you can stay as long as you like.  Love the blog.  Good to have you back.



07/26/2020 05:39:05

You are correct. That is how the 110 camera worked.



07/24/2020 16:49:40


momtocam wrote:

I, too, love the (armchair travels) term..reminds me of an email I received earlier today from a genealogy website I belong to. Going back to the early 1800's..a third cousin (removed numerous times) that was a pioneer traveler..crossing the country 88 days prior to his death. It even showed the graph of our family tree..how cool..so this was a very unique armchair travel for me today. Precious memories indeed come in the form of so many things. Enjoyed the blog as always Mona -:)  Lisa in NC

Lisa, thanks very much for your comments. I'll have to "talk" to you about the geneology website that you mentioned. I have also worked at our families' geneology. It is quite a challenge when the early generations of our family were very transient, and had little education. You may have planted an topic that I may consider in my next blog. 
Enjoy every day... and fill your mind an heart with your memories.



07/24/2020 16:18:21

I, too, love the (armchair travels) term..reminds me of an email I received earlier today from a genealogy website I belong to. Going back to the early 1800's..a third cousin (removed numerous times) that was a pioneer traveler..crossing the country 88 days prior to his death. It even showed the graph of our family tree..how cool..so this was a very unique armchair travel for me today. Precious memories indeed come in the form of so many things. Enjoyed the blog as always Mona -:)  Lisa in NC



07/24/2020 11:20:20


nightfall wrote:

I love the term you used. "Armchair Travels." Our pictures are our gateway to the life we have lived. I didn't know you worked at a photo studio. It's amazing what the technology of the art of photography was before the digital world. Some of the best pictures I've taken throughout my life came from a simple 110 camera. Great post!

Thanks you for you comments. I still love photography; I'm no professional, I'm an addict! I think I remember a 110 camera. It had the film in a cartridge to "drop in" the camera instead of the film we once had to 'thread' over the gears. Correct me if I'm wrong!



07/24/2020 06:07:34

I love the term you used. "Armchair Travels." Our pictures are our gateway to the life we have lived. I didn't know you worked at a photo studio. It's amazing what the technology of the art of photography was before the digital world. Some of the best pictures I've taken throughout my life came from a simple 110 camera. Great post!





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