Wow, time certainly got away from me there. So many developments to report! First, I finished my raised garden (almost). We just need to pick up one more load of dirt to top it off and the grand total spent on the project will be exactly $0. After that, I just need to plan what I’m going to put in it. Potatoes are planted, my seedlings are starting to die because they still haven’t been transplanted, and the bunnies have had babies.
Second, I got into contact with my dad’s cousin and have taken measures to join the Mystic Preservation Society, which is a family organization that oversees the maintenance of my great-grandmother Irene Frink’s property in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The annual meeting is on June 4th but I can’t make it out there the weekend before finals. I’ll probably be on my couch grading like a mad woman to ensure that I can get everything in the grade-book before graduation. However, I’m very excited about the prospect of joining up and being a part of preserving our family’s history.
Third, my friends and I went to Costume Con and saw Miss Lizzy’s Traveling Historical Fashion Show, where we were able to not only look at original mid- to late-nineteenth century clothing, but touch the pieces, turn the sleeves, investigate the lining, and see how they were made. Miss Lizzy also had lots of original photographs, women’s magazines, fashion books, and a period toilet clearly labelled “Out of Order”. It was among our favorite parts of the convention, which ultimately proved to be a delightful collection of deeply inspiring people excited about costuming! It was so wonderful to be back at a con where everyone was so passionate and excited to meet up with other people who shared their passion.
Fourth, back at home, my fiance is building me a clothesline out of old fence posts we removed from our backyard last year. He’s been using some modern-tech tools to build it, but he didn’t start a blog trying to do things in the way his great-grandfathers did, now did he? Once the line is finished and up, I will be doing laundry by hand. I am deeply NOT looking forward to this but it is one of the first ideas I had when I started this blog and I have found nothing from my interviews or research to indicate that my great-grandmothers managed to avoid this arduous task.
To comfort myself, I have also slated some other ideas for summer, when I’m off school and have time to pursue more involved projects such as:
- Blackout week: where I stop using electronics (we’ll see if it actually lasts a week O.o)
- Walk All Over the Place: in my interview with Aunt Nor, she told me that she used to walk everywhere. It was not customary to have more than one car, if you were lucky enough to have a car at all. So I guess I’m walking (or biking?? More research is necessary to determine this.)
- Wedding feature: I’m getting married this summer and I plan to conduct more research on the nuptials of my GGs to compare our experiences.
- Land Line: I’m looking forward to this one. This is where I either (a) get a land line or (b) treat my cell phone like a land line and leave it at home. I didn’t bring my phone with me to Costume Con and it was really nice. And maybe, if I didn’t bring my phone with me all the time, I would actually check my messages…
- Gardening Cont: the garden will grow this summer and I will hopefully learn a lot more about growing stuff, cooking with my garden, and generally being more self-sufficient. I hope to supplement this endeavor with research about the role gardening played in the household economy during the Great Depression and during World War II. In the fall, my fiance and I plan to visit his grandparents to learn canning.
- Fishing Level 3: my fiance’s dad and uncle will reteach me to fish at the lake this summer and I can depend on them to make me take any fish I catch from pond to table without letting me wiggle out of any of the gross stuff. From baiting my hook to de-hooking my fish (technical vocabulary there) to filleting the fish and cooking it, I’ll be learning it all whether I want to or not. My fiance will be there with the camera laughing.
There will also be a lot of sewing and crafting in there, but I haven’t committed to specific projects yet. I’ve been meaning to make a hat for months but, well, it remains nothing but a good intention. How did my GGs get so much done????