Peek-A-Boo, I See You: hobbies that live on

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My maternal grandmother died when I was 11.  My sisters were only 5 and 3.  We lived next door to Nana, so I saw her almost every day of those 11 years.  I know that a lot of what I remember about her is because of pictures.

Elna Katherine Anderson Hunsaker, 1901-1957

Elna Katherine Anderson Hunsaker, 1901-1957

My mom knew it would be hard for us to remember Nan, so she kept some very important reminders so we would never forget her.

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My mom kept lots of Nan’s things – dresses, hats, purses, household items, sewing basket, recipe file, button box, etc.

Nan could crochet like none other.  My sisters and I treasure the items she made and left behind for us – hankies, hot pads, pillowcase lace, doilies, purses, pin cushions.

My baby sweater and bib, hankies, hot pads, purse

My baby sweater and bib, hankies, hot pads, purse

My sister, Rita, inherited Nan’s talent for crochet, and although I do not crochet nearly as meticulously and beautifully as either of them, I have found my niche in making baby blankets.  I have a hard time sitting idle, so I crochet these blankets in the winter evenings while watching television.

My crochet basket usually has 2-3 ongoing items in it.

My crochet basket usually has 2-3 ongoing items in it.

I won’t divulge how many I have made over the years, but let’s just say that my great-grandchildren will be able to pass some crocheted baby blankets down to their kids too!

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So, pick something you like to do and use that talent to store up some hand-me-downs for the grandkids, etc.  It will be a piece of you they will treasure and pass down to their children.  You can live on through your hobbies!

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Peek-A-Boo, I See You: look inside my life

Several years ago, my good friend and neighbor, Gary Petersen, told me that his journal contains everything, not just his words.  After he explained his concept to me, I took it to heart and have made my journal a combination scrapbook, memory book, keepsake album, and journal.  In fact, the only things that don’t go in my journal are pictures.  I knew long ago that there was not enough time in this life for me to keep cute little scrapbooks of all the memorabilia, so my yearly journals take care of it all!

A small sampling of my journal pages

I keep my journal in – OF COURSE, a binder!!!  I can usually squeeze the whole year into one binder, but there was one traumatic year in my life when I needed two!  I use sheet protectors so odd-sized items can just be slipped right in and so I can see both sides of the cards I save.  I start the year with an empty binder, fill it with sheet protectors, keep the binder right by my desk, then put things inside as they happen.  When the year is over, my life is in the binder chronologically – and it is so easy!

I began this new way of journal keeping in about 2000.

I began this new way of journal keeping in about 2000.

So I picked a random journal from my shelf (2004) and besides my written journal, here is a sampling of what was in it:

The printed monthly calendar from my computer with appointments, etc.

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My goals for the year – interesting to read, as they are always variations on the same theme

A heartfelt note from my California daughter thanking me for Christmas

A weekly update of events when individual days were a little too boring to write about

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An email from a friend about growing old

A certificate of achievement for completing a Power Point class

Thank you note for a genealogy presentation I gave to a group

Artwork the grandkids left in the playroomconnie ward girl with a past blog genealogy family history journal keepsake memories scrapbook artwork

A newsletter announcing our family reunion

The schedule from BYU Women’s Conference

Mother’s Day cards from my girls

A bridal shower invitation for a special young friend

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A map of Sun Valley, Idaho from a getaway weekend with my husband

Confirmation itinerary for a flight to California with a daughter and granddaughter

The lab results from my blood test confirming low thyroid

 

A list of 12 items my oldest granddaughter requested for her birthday dinner

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The “to do” list for an especially hectic week

Notes for my husband’s talk at the funeral for our friend, Mavis

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A thank you note and picture of the VISA card a coworker gave me for Christmas

 

The playbill and ticket for Wonderful Town seen in New York City with my cousin and my daughters

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A “sorry” note from 3 grandkids after they accidentally pulled a curtain rod off the wall

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A note entitled “Grandma’s Apron” that accompanied a Christmas gift from a friend

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The top news stories of the year in Utah and another list for the nation

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Just looking through that one binder brought back a flood of memories, some good laughs, some tears, and several “ahhhs.”  But I still think the most important thing to put in a journal is your own word – your thoughts, feelings, joys, sorrows, what makes you YOU!  Your journal won’t be anything like mine because our personalities are not the same — and lucky for you!  But at least this gives you a hint of what’s possible.  Leave a record of your life so you won’t be forgotten in 50 years (or less)!