Today I finished my household manual. When we bought our house in Idaho, the homeowner (now a dear friend) handed me a binder containing all one would need to know to care for the house. Each room had paint chips, wallpaper samples, tile samples, etc. , manuals for appliances, fans, etc., layouts for kitchen and bathroom. It was invaluable and I maintained it while we owned the house, passing it on when it came time to sell it. In the past I put all manuals in a file cabinet, forgot about paint colors, etc. Returning to Maine, remodeling the house, I started my own binder. I have it currently split in two parts: manuals and decorating as the latter is still a work in progress. Thanks to G, even the contractors found manuals easily and only a few were lost int he chaos. DD and I created a quick scrapbook layout for the cover and spine. I used Scrapbook Factory Deluxe software to create cover sheets for each room. It is not because it is practical that it cannot be beautiful too.
The human shape is a ghost
made of distraction and pain.
Sometimes pure light, sometimes cruel,
trying wildly to open,
this image held within itself.
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