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September 1, 2020

My lord, can you believe that it is September already?  I pretty much skipped the entire "summer" and we are heading into fall.

Today was not so much a letter writing day (though I wrote a couple), but more a crafty day.  First of all, I wanted to make a birthday card for my mother.  I wanted it to have something to do with a cake and so I did a search of Google images to find a cake that would work for a Photoshop picture for her card.

I looked for chocolate cream roll cakes, because she used to make them all the time and it was one of my favorite cakes.  I found this picture...

...and figured I could work with this.  It took me about half an hour or so, but I finally came up with a picture that's not perfect, but would work well on card.

(how nice and thin I am!).  Inside the card I wrote a short note, remembering the cakes she made for me, telling her she was 101 and saying I was sad I wouldn't be able to see her on her birthday.  A very short note, simple language, large print and maybe she can read it and maybe even understand it.

Then I spent a lot of time on my journal.  This is a SwapBot swap which I started in June and which is to be mailed off at the end of this month.  It's a Journal Challenge.  You start with a composition book of at least 100 pages and divide it into four sections of about 25 pages each. 

The first section of "Me A-Z," which are things about me starting with each letter of the alphabet.  I have things like dogs, family, ice cream, Judy Garland, the Lamplighters, etc, pages decorated in some manner.

Next is a section of lists.  You'd think it would be easy to make lists, and it is at first, but by the time you cover TV, movies, books, music, favorite foods, places you've traveled, etc, you start to run out of ideas.  Fortunately, back in 2011, I did "Thursday Thirteen" where for a year, every Thursday I posted a list of 13 different things, so I used some of those like yellow things, diets, happy places, things I've stopped doing now that I'm old (the background for that page was a page from an AARP magazine), etc.  That made the list section very easy to do.

Then like "Me A-Z" is "random facts about you through numbers."   This was maybe the hardest section.  The lower numbers are easy -- 1 husband, 2 grandkids, a picture of 3 of us, my family of 4, 5 medications I take every day, etc., but after 10 it gets more tricky.  I have a photo of Bri with 11 trophies, and I took a world map to color in 12 of the countries from which we have had guests.  I had a catalog from the Post Office and could use 16 Sesame Street stamps.  Where do you find 17 that is significant?  Believe it or not, I found a picture of 17 members of the Hamilton cast

For 24 I took a picture of 24 David Gerrold books in our library (all autographed). 

I worked on the "quote" section for many weeks, picking up quotes from everywhere I could. One I liked from an Atria book that my mother had was "my socks may not match, but my feet are always warm."

But the book is just about finished and when I read over it I'm surprised at how much it really does tell my story.  When I get this in the mail, I can turn my attention back to letters.  Doing the journal gave me ideas for things I can write to people in nursing homes and the cancer patient I'm writing to (like talking about my happy places, etc)




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