I’M JUST CURIOUS: Those casual evenings

by Debbie Walker

This is a casual evening for me. It’s been raining all day so I am quite mellow at this point. I figured tonight would be casual and hit several subjects. I’m starting with:

40 Days – 40 Nights Items Challenge. It is about giving up something for Lent. I know nothing about Lent but I liked the concept presented in the passage that was sent by Instant Message to one of my friends and passed on to me.

Each day of Lent, remove one item from your home, something you don’t use or wear anymore and place it in a bag. At the end of Lent, donate these items to a charity shop or to a homeless shelter (and don’t forget our wandering veterans). It will all be appreciated.

However, I think this is a wonderful “challenge” to put out to family or friends. You could challenge co-workers and the end of any challenges could be finished up in a yard sale, money could go to a charity.

Challenge your children. Let them go through their old toys and out-grown clothes. Donate or yard sale.

Just use your imagination, see what you come up with.

If you have been reading I’m Just Curious for the past year then you know I chose a 26-foot fifth wheel camper, in a campground, for my retirement home.

Twenty-six feet, even with the slide out, giving me about 4-feet x 10-feet more living area in the kitchen and living room, doesn’t give much room. But, then you decide to add a little renovating to the mix. I decided I wanted to take out the bench seat and the sleeper sofa. When you need to relocate things there is just no room to put everything.

I will let you know how it turns out.

I also have a new collection I am working on. No, I don’t have room to store it here but I am sure my daughter will give me a spot in her house.

A while ago I found a ladies hanky in Dollar General. I also have one that was my great-grandmothers. I decided to start collecting things that Addi (10-month old great-granddaughter) might never know had existed without this collection.

I will write some history for each item, explaining the history and my personal knowledge to help her feel the importance of each thing. I will write a little about why it was called a kercher or kerief. It was for wiping away wedding tears, runny noses, all during love and sorrows. In later years they have made beautiful squares for quilts.

The collection now has a donation of a Tea Towel. The Farmer’s Almanac yesterday had a little history of them. I don’t believe we ever had any in our house. These little towels of linen type material are still used in Europe, here, not so much. They were also know as “Glass towels”, crash towels, and damask”.

OK, I am running out of space so I would like to finish by asking if you are curious enough to send me more ideas I should use in the collection box. Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org. Have a wonderful week and thank you for reading.


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