Are we having fun yet? Amy and I were up to our respective eyeballs in the flotsam and jetsam of my past lives when we heard BIG WEATHER racket upstairs.
By the time we dug ourselves out and got upstairs there were Hell Balls all over the place. That’s what Dan called them the first time he witnessed a hail storm when he was two. It happened while his daddy was at work and when he got home Dan greeted him with, "Daddy, the sky throwed Hell Balls!" I haven’t seen so much hail since then, until today. That’s hail piling up on the deck chair.
Back in the cellar (actually it’s a perfectly nicely finished basement but I’m starting to feel like a cellar dweller as the hours and days pass) Amy and I plowed on. The basement, chock full to the rafters with STUFF, is the main thing we won’t have in Chicago. 1200 sq. ft. of storage-gone.
Amy is my salvation right now. She teaches Special Ed during the school year but she’s devoting these two months to helping me move. FG is completely focused on a transitioning business and I’m handling my business plus the move. When I start going through things I get sidetracked as I unearth happy memories of these past three decades. Amy joins me briefly in my reverie, listens to a story and then gets us moving again. It occurs to me that a Special Ed teacher is just the thing for me right now.
So on that note, I’m introducing a new feature: The Re-Discovered Item of the Day. Today’s item is this self portrait, wrought 20 years ago by one happy kindergarten boy. I guess you would be happy too, if you had 5 whatchamacallits.
POTLATCH NEWS: Santa Squirrel is going to retire in the home for the wheezing and witty in Salem, Oregon. Yesterday’s post also found a home for Lester Lanin and His Trio, "Cocktail Dancing" with tunes like I Only Have Eyes For You, Bye,Bye Blackbird and Embraceable You. Shells and fossils have been boxed up and the pheasant is patiently waiting to fly.
Here are some items going into the Potlatch Pile today:
(click all photos to enlarge.) Keep sending snail mail addresses if you want to join in. And I AM coming by to visit; I just don’t have much time to comment.