MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

a little good news

Well, at least I think it's good news!  Today, because I had to sit beside the phone waiting for a call that has yet to come, I decided I would really put a push on

and......

I FINISHED THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I  ...   think   ...    I'm   ...    in   ...    shock.

 As a matter of fact, I know I'm in shock.  I never thought I would ever see the end of it!  399 pages (count 'em - THREE HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE) of deciphering very old handwriting, much of it faded out.

For those of you who are recent readers and don't have a clue what I'm talking about - 'the book' is a typewritten copy of a handwritten diary written by my great great grandfather covering 30 years of his life as a farmer beginning in 1869.   

Of course, I shouldn't be tooting my own horn just quite yet because there's a ton of work still to be done before it can be published, but right now I'm a very happy camper!

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On another subject entirely, I want to thank everyone who left such kind messages about my Dad.  I am grateful for every one of them, and for you taking the time to be so kind.  

7 comments:

Kaite said...

oh well done you for finishing typing up that book. you're sure to find a few more pearls on the path.
And it looks like your blog is being as silly as mine today, i can't get into my own dashboard!hugs, K.

Dolores said...

Hmmm, about this book. Are you sure you transcribed all the pages? There weren't any that got stuck - were there?
Wow, what an accomplishment. Congrats.

Yvonne said...

WhooHoo, what a wonderful thing MA! Good for you. Are you publishing it online somewhere or taking it to a publisher?
BTW I love your header flowers, what are they?

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

WOW!!! That is fantastic!!! What a historical document, and I CAN NOT imagine trying to read, type and generally figure out that much writing, but it is wonderful that you did!
Very proud of you....and your Dad has been in my thoughts all day.
You both take care!

XXOO!!
Anne

Julia said...

Wow, what a feat! Congratulations on getting the book finished, i know you've been working on it for some time... Give my love to grandpa, tell him we're sending him positive thoughts, and never underestimate the marvels of medical science! Love, J.

Jackie said...

I know how you feel. I copied my Dad's diaries out so that my Mum could read them more easily. It took ages and wasn't easy. Hope your Dad is comfortable at least and coping with the news. You must remember to look after yourself too.

Catherine said...

Your book sounds amazing! How wonderful to have the diary of your great-great grandfather... it will be so interesting to see what his life was like from day to day. Congratulations on finishing this labor of love!