Yes, it has been way too long since I have posted anything! So, what have I been up to? Well, I am always busy with daily chores of caring for our 29 year old Tennessee Walking Horse, Master, our Dachshund, Rembrandt, the lawn and flower beds and other typical chores (plus cleaning my brother’s apartment). I have also spent way too many hours on technology issues, such as antivirus software overhaul and my tablet not working properly (still working on this issue), and I transferred a multitude of photos from our phones to our computer. I have been going through them trying to organize them as well. I also did a bit of cleaning and rearranging in the studio.
I have gotten in some painting, although not as much as I would have liked. One of those projects was a set of bookends a client ordered for her son for Christmas. I won’t show them now, we will have to wait until he opens them! I have painted a number of vintage spoons with latex house paint and I have been on a song bird trend that has been extremely popular.
Another project my husband and I both worked on was the process of going through my grandfather’s 8mm and Super 8 movie reels. My dad found them along with a projector and screen for viewing. They had been left to my mother by her dad when he went to Heaven as she received his camera equipment. David cleaned and tuned the projector and we set about going through them to see if they were any good and if the projector would even work. It clacked and clicked away (don’t you just love that sound), and the films were in much better condition than we thought. I mean, it is 2017 and these were shot between about 1953 and the mid -’70s. Most were around 60 years old! We realized we had a task on our hands as there was a lot of film, as in over 30 reels, many with 200 feet of film. Plus, we didn’t necessarily recognize a number of the people in them as they were filmed before or around the time I was born.
So, after we had viewed them, we decided to see if we could get my mom and her three siblings (two in other states) together to go through them and identify the people and places. After much planning, it all finally came together over Labor Day weekend, and as they watched and laughed they told me the names, places and dates they could remember and I wrote them all down to the best of my ability on pieces of paper we then put in their respective tins. Some of their cousins heard about them and expressed interest in having copies made. They all thanked us for getting everyone together and showing the movies and loved the memories they brought back. We found a place to have them put onto DVDs, and since they are near one of my uncles and they don’t ship the film out, the price is pretty decent, especially when you have a number of families going in on it together. I am looking forward to seeing them again, this time on DVD, as so many of the people in the films have gone on, and places have changed so much.
Hope you have had a wonderful summer, and blessed memories and days ahead to you!
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