(bad photos due to the weather dark and dreary that day, and the light not on yet)
They are haunting me. I swear they are!
I'm taking all the recipes out of this and putting photos in it (some random 100 photos that were slowly gifted to me over the years, and I could not think of what to do besides make a "coffee table" album with them, or gift them back).
As for the other two? I am tempted to close them up, and stick them in with the thrift donations. I really don't want to remove all the recipes from the plastic page protectors. Tough decisions.
I know one thing. I'm not keeping one recipe from this "find" either.
I hope I have the self control.
So, how did these hide out so well?
I attacked a bookshelf with full gusto the other day. It is a shelf that my Dad built using scrap materials, and is pretty sturdy. Somehow, when we first moved in, it was placed sideways, next to the TV stand, to hold VHS tapes. You can't see what's on it when you walk into the room, so the shelf was typically ignored for years. I have a few books, but some already went into the "donate" pile.
Back to the recipes. Next to the shelf I have a wooden stand, inherited from my Grandmother. I had a lamp on it, which was knocked off by the dogs (and broken). Underneath the top of it, is where the binders were hiding all these years.
And everyone has a stack of 3-4 year old magazines too, right? I did. I used to keep a "stack" for the kids and their school projects. They were always needing photos of something or other to cut out and paste. Boom, that pile is gone.
The VHS tapes are waiting for kid approval, to remove and donate. If they want any, they have to store it in their room. The rest go into the thrift donations (if they still take VHS tapes). I know, there are people who say the Disney tapes are worth money, etc. I really just want them gone. We do not have a way to play them. They may be so old, they may not play anyway.
I found VHS tapes that are family movies. I plan to deliver those (some day down the road when I am bored) to a place to have them converted to CD's. I think there are places that still do that.
I found two stacks of CD's. Those are being sorted and donated as well.
The bookshelf will be used in the barn to organize tools, work station items etc. Unless my Army daughter calls and says she found a home for it.
The house will look very messy for a while. Then it will look pretty darn awesome when I'm done.
Oh, the cleaning continues.....more to announce later (my husband is a happy guy right now).