Today is my oldest daughter's birthday, though she has not yet made her arrival. During that pregnancy my mother-in-law said she dreamed I was having the baby, woke up and looked at the clock and it was 8:30, so the baby would arrive at 8:30, though she did not know morning or evening. It was spot on 8:30 pm, and you can bet I did nothing to influence it; I just got on with having her. So, it's a good day from the outset.
The eBay venture is going well; I went to the post office today with sales as well as a towel order. My post office clerk likes to squeeze the packages and chat about "you weave towels!", so the new packages are a new source of conversation. So far I've only asked my neighbor for help with a package once.
Not too long ago I sent my daughter an email with a picture:
I explained these cannisters and oil and vinegar bottles and condiment jars belonged to Caroline Lenore Smith Cox, the mother of my grandmother, Ethel Lenore Cox Rolf, who was the mother of my mother, Lenore Caroline Rolf Lytle, for whom my granddaughter was named. I also added that the first Caroline Lenore died in the 1918/1919 flu epidemic.
I asked if my granddaughter might be interested. This was truly a stab in the dark; I've never known Caroline to have much interest in "family heirlooms", though she is an avid student of history. I didn't much fancy packing these up to ship anywhere, pending an eBay sale. I have seen sets younger than the one in the box on eBay with an opening bid of $300, so apparently they are of interest to someone.
And today I had an email from Beth: she loves them and will be thrilled. I'm not kidding, tears sprang to my eyes.
In the same closet I came up with my spare sewing machine, and lugged it to the front room to photograph up for eBay. First I had to dust it off, and that was tiresome enough that I plunked into my chair for a rest. And then I texted Laura, Do you have a sewing machine of your own? The answer came back, No. Would you be interested in my spare sewing machine? The answer was Yes, Thank you for thinking of me!
Think I can't get much luckier? Kamaria texted me she is working hard to have my new "loom room" cleared by mid August. When I asked her a while ago, hoping to coincide with the shipment of thread, she didn't know, pointing out that's exactly when all the "children" go back to college. Her two boys and Laura. I'm not going to hang my hat on that, but it's nice to know it could happen.