Monday, February 27, 2017

Storage Strata

We have come to that point in our little remodeling project that we knew would eventually arrive--the point where we begin to unload our storage and sort through everything. Part of the reason to do it well before we are done is to rearrange the building materials that we have been keeping in as that clean-up is needed before the final inspection.

We have only reached the first layer, but it is already jogging our way-back memories. And, I located (rather joyfully) two discs of clip art that we bought way back when and used for party invitations before Evite and Facebook.

This clip art had been on my mind recently, as we look forward to hosting big parties again. I remembered with quite a giggle the images I chose of Bill, me, and our kitty AJ for our change of address card, and I hoped to find those images again. For any new invites, we would have to swap out the feline butt for two canines, and I cracked myself up (again!) as I visualized the clip art representing our cat and how often she would show us her rear end.

As I opened the envelope holding the discs, I discovered three bits of correspondence that we created using this art, and we re-read them with amazement of how impactful that point was in our lives. A holiday letter talked about Bill's successful disc surgery and how I was just starting to work in usability. The change of address card said, "We've bought a house that we're really excited about, though some might wonder why." And, it described how we planned to "repair the sunken foundation on the front of the house. We'll take the slope out of the floor while we're at it." Our sense of humor about this project has been solid all the way through and has been our most reliable tool for the remodel.

If you want to see more of this company's clip art, they are at and sell through

AJ always did like parties

Taking our act on the road

Our little family from the way-back machine

What better symbol for a big, big remodel than

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