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I opened this blog and realized that the last post was nearly three weeks ago. Where has time gone?
I have been busy with my 40-hour week job, my home chores, and being a Heritage Consultant for the Koester House Museum. The museum applied for and got a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC). As part of the grant, the museum needed a Heritage Consultant. Apparently, there are not many in my area, so when small museums apply for grants and they ask where can I find a Heritage Consultant, KHC points them in my direction.
No, this is not part of my 40-hour work week job. It is something I do on the side. Now, if I could make a living at being a Heritage Consultant, I would do it because I enjoy going to different museums and seeing what they have and what they need help with. Unfortunately, when I work with grant recipients, the pay is on the very low end of the scale.
The Koester House Museum is located in Marysville, Kansas. The house started out as a two-room home and over the years more space was added on. Today it is a two-story house. It is surrounded by a brick wall that was created to keep the flood waters out.
Sarah Koester Morrison, great-granddaughter. Photo courtesy of the Marysville Advocate.
Sarah is standing in front of the home.
Sarah wrote a book titled Memoirs of the Charles F. Koester House, An Intimate Portrait and it is told from the perspective of the house. This book is on my “to read” list.
Anyway, the project I have been consulting on is one of cleaning and cataloging 1,200 books. The museum has a few volunteers that have cleaned the books and they are now in the process of putting the books into LibraryThing so they can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog. As part of my job as Heritage Consultant, I taught them how to clean the books using “best practices” and I taught them how to use LibraryThing.
Once the project is complete, the museum will begin to use the books in displays/exhibits and during tours of the house. It is the hope of the museum that the Kansas Poet Laureate will read from some of the poetry books in the library when he does a presentation in the near future.
For this Heritage Consultant, I find joy in watching people’s eyes light up when they find something of interest or learn something new. It is truly rewarding.
No books today!
Instead, I am going to tell a favorite Christmas story.
In 1988, my husband asked me what I wanted or needed for Christmas.
I am a simple person and I don’t need or want much of anything. I thought about what to say to him and this is what I said: “I want a Christmas Sock stuffed full of fruits, nuts, and candy just like when I was a kid on Christmas morn.”
I didn’t think much about it in the coming days, however, I should have known better.
You see, the first Christmas we spent together after meeting, he asked me the same thing and my response was: “I want a red jeep, a million dollars, and a trip around the world for two.”
On Christmas day, I got exactly what I asked for, but not in my way of thinking, yet it was funny.
I got a red plastic toy jeep that was parked in the driveway between two vehicles. I got a million dollars of Monopoly Game money and I got my trip around the world for two by him placing a world globe in the middle of the living room floor and walking me around it.
So, you see. I really should have seen what was coming.
On Christmas morn, 1988, I got up and there on the back of a chair in the dining room was one of my hubby’s sock stuffed full of fruit, nuts, and candies–all from my childhood: apples, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, English walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. and the ribbon Christmas candy, etc.
It really did bring back my childhood memories and tears flooded my eyes.
So, this year, when you hang your stocking with care, ask your parents and/or grandparents what did they receive in their stockings on Christmas morn.
One thing is for sure, it was probably nothing electronic!
Enjoy yourself today and this evening and on Christmas Eve, don’t rush around like a chicken with its head cut off. Instead, enjoy your family and/or friends, eat what you want (in moderation), and laugh.
And if you are a church going person, go to church and enjoy the candlelight service.
Wishing Peace to Everyone!
P. S. Don’t forget to leave a comment so you can be entered into my giveaway of a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Drawing to take place on January 7th.
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