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365 Photography Project_Sixteenth Post

Not nearly as dramatic a picture as last week. Oh well.

Sunday January 23, 2011 A mission101 project_going through all my books and discarding those -- pictured -- that are no longer relevant. Unlike clothes, which I go through yearly, I rarely go through my books, but interests changes and new books keep coming in all the time so, sadly I guess, some have to go. I worked on this a little each day the prior week and finally finished on Sunday.

Monday January 24, 2011 Another mission101 project_Go through my card collection -- fifteen years worth of the the ones I bothered to save in the first place -- reducing it to fit in one box, preferably, or both, if necessary. I worked all day Monday on this, it torn me up dealing with holiday and birthday and thank you and 'just because' cards from my parents, from friends I know longer know, from Lauren when she was 3 or 5 or 10, plus, all the cards we'd given my parents over the years that I had gathered back-up when I cleared out their house in 2007.I pretty much cried all day and then, the job was done and all that I've kept do fit in one box

Tuesday January 25, 2011 The outside of Lauren's orthodontist. A couple of spacers were added.

Wednesday January 26, 201 Lauren's (and my) dentist's office. Clean...clean...clean.

Thursday January 27, 2011 Continuing the Documenting Our Stuff Project_Lauren's Great-Grandma Inez's figurines.
For Lauren:
These two, the pretty little deer and the so cute dog, were always in your Great-Grandma's Inez's kitchen on a scalloped-edged shelf that connected the 1940s/ 1950s cabinets that flanked her sink and window in each of the only two house she lived in -- with your Great-Grandpa Dewey -- that I can remember. Neither has markings, no pottery makers name on the bottoms, still, they mean a great deal to me because I have very little, otherwise, from her nor do you. She died the year you were born, 1993.

Friday January 28, 2011 Pretty sky

Saturday January 29, 2011 Using the focused foreground_blurred background feature in black&white in the plant outside my front door.

to Flickr for Weeks 1 through 15


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Jan. 31st, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I love these, especially the books! Wonderful! I'm so glad to have FOUND YOU! :)
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
'I'm so glad to have FOUND YOU! :)'

So am I.
Jan. 31st, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
I love the ceramic figures. My sister has a couple in her otherwise very chic living room that have no other value other than that they were in our house growing up, and they make me smile to see them--to me, they are the prettiest things in her house, two silly Siamese cat figurines and an owl, both from the sixties maybe the fifties. She is the youngest, born almost a generation after the rest of us, so it is a bit of connection for her to family past, as the figures of the deer and dog are for Lauren.

The sky and leaf--beautiful. Your photography continues to fill me with awe...and ahhhh.

Arwen, who has trouble giving up books

Feb. 1st, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
A chic house, especially, needs a reference to the past and it's so cool that your sister has the three figurines to make that connection for her. I took my Grandma's figurines as a starting point and now have quite a few. They comfort me somehow.

Glad you like the 'nature' shots, they tend to be my 'OMG, I-don't-know-what-to-take-a-photo-of' photos, I'm glad the 'desperation' doesn't show.

I go through my clothes 1 to 2 times per year, I go through my books once every 5 years so, yeah, I understand the feeling, I have some trouble myself letting-go.
Jan. 31st, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pics! The last one is definitely my favorite.
I adore the Black & White ♥

Loved also the one of the cards and the books.
You're right, interests change, but I must confess it's really hard for me to give something away. I always want to keep everything. This is why my room is a mess ;)

Thanks for sharing hon!
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
we learn through experience and when I had to disassemble, in a very short period of time, my parent's home of 30 years, I was quickly overwhelmed and just started tossing stuff, selling stuff, donating stuff. I don't want, some far off distant day, for my daughter to be in the same situation as I was, making decisions in the dark so, I edit now, I explain now.
Jan. 31st, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
are those some of the history of the lord of the rings on top? oh man...
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
The ones on top are written by Tolkien's son and each of the his three books discusses, AT LENGTH, the writing of each of Tolkien's three books.

Dude, seriously, if you want them, I'll send them to you, I don't mind the shipping. I'd rather they went to someone who might get something out of them then be sent off to the Goodwill where people will probably look at them and go 'whatthehell?'. Let me know.
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
i'd be more than happy to give them a happy new home. thank you so much, gayle, it's incredibly nice of you to do this. should i private message you my address?

also, i love how your p365 is coming along! I think recording a snippet of each day is a wonderful idea.
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
I think you will need to send me your address again, it's out with my Christmas card stuff and difficult to get to. Just email me, k? I'll send them out to you this week. YAY!! I'm glad.

I am having a great time doing this even if some days I can't, for the life of me, think of something to photograph, nonetheless, something always turns up.
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
i may have moved in that time so sending you my address would be a good thing regardless. i always feel better knowing my books are going to a place where they'll be enjoyed. seeing the way some look in thrift shops just makes me cringe.

that's been happening to me the last third of my p365. i've taken some really great shots, i think, but for the most part i've had to actually look for things to take a picture of just to fulfill my photo for the day.
Jan. 31st, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
What do you do with the books you get rid of? They look library-worthy.

I need to scrub my shelves, too, but the library won't want most of them. I have a lot of genre novels - romances, sf and mysteries - with yellowed and crumbling pages. I hate to put the cast-offs in the recycle bin. FanSee

Feb. 1st, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Books
I used to donate to the library but they sell any and all of the books donated and that kind of does piss me off, some are kind of nice. Mainly, I donate to the Goodwill since I don't have the patience to try and sell or exchange them on any of the book sites that do that sort of thing.
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Feb. 1st, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
When going through my parents stuff, I got overwhelmed and just started throwing things away. I don't want Lauren to be in the same situation some far off, distant day so, I edit now.

My Grandma's two little nic nacs started my collection, I now have quite a few such critters and you're right, the meaningful ones are the best.
Feb. 1st, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Oh, the cards! *Hugs you* I've saved all mine over the years also and can't even think about going through them...I'd cry for a bloody week, I'm sure!

Frank Herbert, huh? Although he's famous for his Dune series, I think I was most affected by his book The White Plague.

Fascinating, as always!
Feb. 1st, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
I was utterly drained, each card brought back so many memories, but I just know how difficult it was to go through all my parents things, and not well organized, so I'm planning for, hopefully, the far future when Lauren will have to deal with out things.

The Frank Herbert book was my father's, I'm seriously considering taking it back from the to-go-away pile which hasn't gone away yet. I'll check out The White Plague, of his other books I've only read the first Dune.
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Feb. 1st, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
New beginnings, because even if we don't make resolutions, a new year, to me, means a new start plus, I was just plain running out of room, can't, in good conscious, bring in more unless I have room. Where do you give yours away, do you send them off to the Goodwill or do you have another outlet?
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I went through a ton of my old essays, writings, etc. over the weekend to try to get rid of some. Took hours because I had to keep stopping to read them!

Love your last photo.
Feb. 1st, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
I know right? I had to read every card and then, relive all the associated memories, draining. It feels good thought when finally done.

Glad you like the last photo, I think I'd like to do more black&white.
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Love the black and white pic! It's amazing how something so simple in nature is so eye catching!

Your stack of books reminds me of my sister; she's a total bibliophile. :D
Feb. 1st, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
glad you like, I have a lot of fun using my very cool foreground-in-focus, background-out-of-focus camera effect.

And that's just what I'm getting rid of, maybe a third of the total. Room for new ones!!!
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
The pile of books makes me sad. I do the same thing so I understand but to see the documentation of books no longer wanted, is sad as an image. May they go to good homes.

The little deer is beautifully made - I love the way it is shaped, the curve of it.

I keep all cards, notes, etc. and just this past year went through them and threw out bags of stuff. I kept tons of stuff too. Ah we humans.
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
it is sad to see no longer wanted books, but interests change and, working at a bookstore, I buy way to many constantly. If you look at the pic again, the three LOTR's books are going to a friend who saw the pic and was sad about them so, see, some are off to a better home already.

Years ago, that little deer started a deer and horse figurines collection that continues still, I can't help but think I collect too much.

I'm so glad you save cards too, the common things that bind us all together.
Feb. 14th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
the three LOTR's books are going to a friend who saw the pic and was sad about them so, see, some are off to a better home already.

And now I fee better.
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