It's the most wonderful time of the year. So the song lyrics go but I keep feeling like they should be singing It's the most busiest time of the year. Yes, I know...that's not a shining example of good grammar but you can get away with it in lyrics. I give you I Can't Get No Satisfaction as a prime example. I Can't Get Any Satisfaction just doesn't cut it, does it.
Actually, my brain feels a little like my computer screen when I'm in the middle of some family history research. Tabs, tabs and more tabs are lined up across the top of the monitor, each demanding attention. This photo of the table in my hang-out room is representative of that exact point.
That red paper at the front right (and on the trimmer and desk) is part of my Christmas cards under construction when I took this photo yesterday. They're done now so I suppose that tab is technically closed but playing with paper and glue made me realize how much I've missed scrapbooking. The make-some-pages tab has been opened and I don't want to close it. And on a related note, I signed up for an online class on my Silhouette machine but only did the first part of the first lesson when our Kansas travels started. Let's open a Silhouette tab too as I'm keen to get back to that.
The pile at the front left is a mostly-assembled scrapbook of my brother's share of our family pictures and that stack on the far end of the piano is the next set of pages to be made. You might think this would all be part of the make-some-pages tab and I suppose technically it is but I see them differently in my mind so there's another tab.
The stack behind the album contains Wayne's pictures and other memorabilia from his childhood. Are you sensing a theme here yet? Wayne's mom had given us a lot of them but we ended up with more after dividing his mom's scrapbooks and cleaning out his dad's apartment. They really need some sort of organization system instead of just dumping them all in another box and sticking them in the closet. In a perfect world they'd be scrapbooked too but I'd settle for just well organized at this point.
Documenting keepsakes is another open tab. I've started, if pulling out that little black album and taking some photos counts. Sigh. The pictures are still on the card in my camera and the project has stalled. I did pull everything I could think of from every closet or drawer it had been tucked into and sorted, labeled and put them all together in one place. It's the put-pictures-with-words part that's lagging.
The stack of Wayne's pictures/stuff hides the mountain of file folders from Wayne's mom's desk...her notes on her and Gene's family history. I think she probably shared it all with me but I still need to go through it to be sure. It's tedious and not nearly as fun as finding something new but I don't want to overlook anything either. Gotta keep that tab open too.
And while we're on genealogy, the stack on the closest end of the piano is some references on my dad's side I need to locate in libraries near and far. It's a connection to a new branch...one of the first white settlers in the Shenandoah Valley and has lots of cool stories associated with it. That tab is definitely staying open as I'm anxious to learn more about these people, one of whom was featured in a previously-aired episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Tim McGraw will be anxious to welcome me, his long-lost cousin...don't you think?
My Christmas decorations are all up but I'm toying with changing the mantle entirely. Somewhere down on the far end of the table is a pattern for a giant wooden snowflake. Wayne has cut all the pieces so it's ready to assemble and paint. And I have a couple more ideas to go with it which also require some assembly/construction. It's insane but I don't want to close that tab either.
Then there's the windows. You can't tell from this photo but the top pane on this window is new and the bottom one isn't. That means the top one is shiny and clear and the bottom one...well, it hasn't been washed in a while, making it look really dirty next to the brand new one. It's driving me crazy but that's a short trip these days. Open a Clean Windows tab and hope the stars align to get that done soon.
And outside that window is a yard needing some attention. I've managed to clear away much of what several nights of below-freezing temperatures left behind but not all of it. Most winters we haven't had that kind of cold at this point so it's not a task I have to fit in before Christmas but not this year. Of course, the way the temperatures have rebounded, new growth may appear before I can get it cut back.
I don't think I'm going to have to worry about how to fill my days anytime soon. I just hope my brain doesn't crash from all the open tabs.