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02 January 2008 @ 09:14 am
Happy 2008 to All; First Lines Meme  
(Edit: fixed the millennial error that crept into the subject...)

Happy 2008 to all and sundry!

We've completed sending people south - put the last flying kids on the plane and waved the last driving kids off through the blowing snow yesterday afternoon.

It seems odd not to have spent New Year's Day recovering from throwing a major party after 15 years of hosting all and sundry, but to be honest I'm enjoying not having to completely scour the house from top to bottom. We had a fairly quiet night playing hoof and mouth and Wii until just after midnight. We'd all drifted to bed by about 1.

The newest tradition seems to be auction attendance on New Year's Day - the local auction house had some beautiful Victorian furniture on the block. None of it was exactly what we were looking for so we didn't bring anything major home, though we did bring home a few smaller items (a tiny hand-crank ice cream freezer, an old metal JB Colt advertising sign, a stoneware bowl, a twine cage, a big Sheffield teapot, a framed tapestry, a 1920s mountain ballad songbook, a pottery plaque of Wartburg Castle, a spool cabinet, and a (probably burned up) American Flyer train set transformer).

Now we pull the Christmas decorations down and put away the remnants of a house full of kids and grandkids - all leading to flying back to Atlanta on Sunday to prep for GAFilk.

In all, 2007 was a better year than many in spite of numerous setbacks and nibbling ducks. For 2008 we'd like to get our finances back in shape and continue reducing the stress in our lives.

Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful 2008, and that we can finally get our house sold as soon as possible...

As per my usual modification, I've skipped any first line that is about tardiness in posting or financial condition of underwear...

During the weekend daughter K's SO helped immensely in the annual Basement Pub Worksession. Just (finally) watched the first two episodes of Heroes. Updates may be infrequent over the next few weeks (yeah, like they've been frequent before!), as we are zooming into the final phase of House Preparation. Back from a wonderfully relaxing time at Thing, where the waves of water-induced stress were successfully washed away by jacuzzi bubbles... Yes, I still exist and actually spend time on LiveJournal, though the house(s) monster has been eating most of my so-called "free" time recently. Since last posting we have finished pretty much everything we plan on finishing unless the Realtor or Open House attendees point out something that has to be done. A busy weekend filled with lots of driving and ending up in Indiana. In spite of what billroper has to say, the Cubs' loss yesterday was not my fault. Short story - no bite on the house. We're back, after an unscheduled stop in Seattle WA to drop off a seriously ill passenger (see, autographedcat, it happens even when you're not on the plane). I've just been informed by ladyat that the "small amount of stuff" we still had in the house has managed to fill a 28 foot truck. With the exception of some toiletries, bedding, and other things that can be suitcased after a future trip for house closing (including a dishwasher full of dishes that we sort of forgot to pack up), we are completely moved out of the Atlanta house. Just trying to make our new owners feel at home...
 
 
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Gwenthe_gwenzilliad on January 2nd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Inquiring minds want to know .....

Which 1920s mountain ballad songbook? :)
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on January 2nd, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
More of a big pamphlet than a songbook, really.

My Favorite Mountain Ballads and Old-Time Songs by Bradley S. Kincaid who sang on the "National Barn Dance" program on WLS.

Contents are (spelling and Capitalization preserved):

A Fatal Wedding
As I Walked Out
Barbara Allen
Billy Boy
Bury Me Out On the Prairie
Cuckoo Is a Pretty Bird, or (A Forsaken Lover)
Dying Cowboy
Fair and Tender Ladies
Fair Ellen
Four Thousand Years Ago
Frankie (Gambler's Song)
Froggie Went A-Courtin'
I Asked Her If She Loved Me (Over There)
I Gave My Love a Cherry
I Loved You Better Than You Knew
I'm Dying For Someone to Love Me
Methodist Pie
No, I Won't Have Him, or (The Old Man Who Came Over the Moor)
No, Sir, No
Paper of Pins
Pearl Bryan
Pretty Polly
Soldier! Soldier! Will You Marry Me
Sour Wood Mountain
Swapping Song
Sweet Kitty Wells
The Butcher Boy, or (I Died for Love)
The Gypsie Laddie
The Lily of the West
The Little Mohee (From the English "The Indian Lass")
The Turkish Lady
Tildy Johnson
Two Sisters
carolfcarolf on January 2nd, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
*a 1920s mountain ballad songbook*

[exceedingly green vision, pools of drool]

*Now we pull the Christmas decorations down*

Before Three Kings Day? (aka Epiphany; aka Little Christmas) Have you no sense of holiday at all? [shakes head] Some people ...

[Hey, I stretch the season as far as I can, since I love the tree lights at night. On the other hand, the year I left the tree until August may have been a bit much.]
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on January 2nd, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Before Three Kings Day? (aka Epiphany; aka Little Christmas) Have you no sense of holiday at all? [shakes head] Some people ...

Hee hee.

The town used to have a big Christmas Tree bonfire on the 6th, so when I was growing up we tried to get the tree down before then. They no longer do that, but this year (and, one suspects, in subsequent years), our goal will be to get the tree down and everything put away before we go to GAFilk. Easier this year than it will be when GAFilk creeps back to the weekend after New Year's...

After 25 years in Atlanta, where the prevailing attitude was that it was bad luck to have the tree and decorations up on New Year's, it feels good to be back where it isn't considered so. However, my neighbors all seem to have gotten theirs down over the weekend, so we're still behind.
carolfcarolf on January 2nd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
*before we go to GAFilk*

{sigh) I'm going to have to get to one, someday. After (1) the house is finished; (2) we've moved into the new house; (3) have fixed up the old house enough to sell;(4) have sold the old house and (5) have enough income for both travel and mortgage. Note that #s 4 and 5 are heavily related.

I.e., probably not before 2010. Please stay in business that long, and save us some seats!
Marybraider on January 3rd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Ooooh. Mountain ballad songbook.

Scan and make available to friends and loved ones?
Marybraider on January 3rd, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Come to think of it, if we arrange beforehand for you to bring it to GAFilk, *I* can arrange to bring my scanner, and sit scanning it outside the filk room.
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on January 3rd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
It isn't really in travel shape, and it will take some care to scan without damaging it.

I'll see what I can do here at some point but it probably won't be in the near future.
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