December 21, 1999    New Directions

I'm going to start my entry off with congratulations to Rob and Julie and the arrival of their daughter. I have a feeling these two are going to be absolutely wonderful parents. I can't wait to read the birth story and Rob's thoughts and feelings on becoming a father.


On Sunday I began reading A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based On Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I was immediately infatuated with this book and could barely put it down for the next three days. I've always enjoyed non-fiction, but this book was more than just a book about Martha Ballard and the twenty-seven years she kept a diary, it was about American History from a woman's point of view, it was about a time period most people believe was an ideal time in our country. I was enthralled with Martha's midwife practice, her daily work as a mother and wife and as a woman in her community. I was able to see how much easier life has actually gotten for us when it comes to domestic duties and how our society is really no different than early nineteenth century New England. I read about fornication and the delivery of illegitimate and bastard children, something very common in that day, yet often hidden or resolved with marriage. Martha wrote about rape, suicide, affairs, and single women bearing children without husbands. (one woman had four children out of wedlock, refusing to name the father and a free black woman had two children without a husband or intentions of having one) I was shocked to read about murder and how one "decent and Christian" man slaughtered a family of nine with an axe. There was political and religious unrest and dysfunctional families. If it had not been for the dates on her entries, you would have thought she was talking about 1999 instead of 1799.

Martha's diaries were preserved for generations to come, passed down to one of her daughter's who in turn passed it one to one of her daughter's until it landed in  her great-great-granddaughter's lap. In 1930 Mary Hobart gave Martha's dairy to the Maine State Library. What a treasure. I wish that I had that kind of record of my great grandparents lives or even that of my mother's to pour over.

And then as I finished up the book in the car ride home today I began to think of my own journal and my own ambitions and the legacy I want to leave to my daughter. Expect some slight changes to this journal in the year 2000. I'm going to change the design, again. I'm going to add more to my entries, or should I say to my side column about the days events. I'm going to start exploring more of my ideas and dreams, more than I already have. I'm also going to move my site to its own domain, just not right away. So, I have big plans for my online diary.


Tomorrow, I need to catch up on all the things I couldn't get done the last few days. The paint is going to be bought for finishing the kitchen and Elizabeth's room. I have two more Christmas presents to buy. I need to take Elizabeth by to get her picture taken with Santa Claus and by Sears. Since it is Winter Solstice, we will be participating in some new holiday traditions and we will be going to see the lights at Bellingraph Gardens.

I've got big decorating plans for the house. I'm going to try and develop a budget and follow it and I'm going to start garage sale shopping as soon as it begins to warm up. I've decided to concentrate my efforts for now on the kitchen and Elizabeth's room. Painting will be the most significant thing I do to Elizabeth's room. I've already sketched out the mural for the walls and picked out some crown molding shelving to put about a foot from the ceiling. The only thing left to do will be putting up some pictures and curtains. In the kitchen I plan to paint and hang some pictures I bought a few months ago and then I'm going to pick out fabrics to recover the chairs and for the valances.


Random Ramblings Of My Life

News Flash: Jeff made 2 A's and a B, after he swore to me that he was failing a class (Yeah right) I might add that he was proud to get that B even though that meant he no longer has a 4.0

Jeff bought me a breadmaker for Christmas, do to my overly pushy attitude, my present was revealed when I insisted we buy one at Target

**I'm thinking about going back to school.**

Jeff picked out some of the music he would like played when we renew our vows. I have no idea the name or the composer but it sounds beautiful.

I've decided that I want to learn how to crochet. At the age of ten my Aunt Pauline attempted to teach me but I was not willing to learn.

**A new couple moved in. Guess what? She's six months pregnant.**

Strange things are happening with my checking account. I have two checks that have not gone through that were written over two weeks ago. There has been more than enough money to cover both of them.



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reading:Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes

Side note about above book, author is mentioned in the latest issue of people. She actually lived ten minutes from me and her father was my pastor for several years.

listening: Chris Gaines Greatest Hits

eating:turkey sandwich with BBQ chips


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