Hi ho. Hi ho. It’s back to work I go!

Family dynamics possess their own set of demands, and with them come responsibilities you sometimes never think about having to fulfill. So it has been since my last post, last year.

Along with the life changes that Mother has experienced came the realization that the frame shop she loved so much was sitting idle, and I began going in to the store to maintain a presence. Not one to sit still for very long, I started going through things and cleaning up a little, here and there. Before long, lots of little piles were cropping up all around the store.

The little shop isn’t all that big anyway and walking room quickly became an issue. There were boxes of records from the many years that Mom and Dad ran the shop and they were put aside for future shredding. Lots of interesting memorabilia was sifted from the shelves and drawers, some packed for later review, some placed on now empty shelves for display and to stimulate conversations.

Friends dropped by to chat from time-to-time, and some jumped in to help with the cleanup. Potential picture framing customers were stopping in quite often, only to be referred to another framer. Finally, on one such occasion in April, I let it out that I would be reopening Carey’s Frame Shop on May the 4th. Where that came from I still don’t know! But there it was, in front of the customers…and witnesses…I had made a commitment. Now I would have to dust off my picture frame academy diploma, dig out my equipment, and put my training and experience back into practice.

The past two months have been very fast-paced, sometimes a little stressful, but totally fun and rewarding. I didn’t realize just how much I needed to get out from behind my computer and get back in front of people. Along with the visitors and customers, a couple of newspaper reporters even stopped in for a chat.

Come by when you get a chance and we can blow the dust off some of those old treasures.

[see High Tide article]

[see News Journal article]


photo: donotfaint.com

Oscar My Pet Rabbit

Let me tell you a story about my pet rabbit “Oscar”.

Oscar 1Several years ago, while working for a major dental supply company, I needed to hire some part-time help, to assist with a backlog of filing and some other office tasks.

I had been given a rather large, unused room in the basement of one of the buildings to clean out and use as an office, for storage of the massive volume of the division’s maintenance and calibration records, and as a calibration shop for my use and for vendors.

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A Common Interest In Our Local History

image-mike-dixonMike Dixon, local history writer and historian, of Cecil County, Maryland, has made a career of sharing a common interest in our local history with everyone within his reach. With a focus on the Mid-Atlantic, he has worked to encourage public interest for over three decades, appearing on TV, on The Today Show and Maryland Public Television, and has been featured in National Geographic, Southern Living, Chesapeake Life, and other publications. An adjunct professor with graduate degrees in history and behavioral science, Mike is also a visiting scholar for several organizations.

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Give A Little History For Christmas

image-christmas-treeJust in case you have someone on your shopping list who’s hard to buy for, and just in case they happen to be interested in local history, and just in case you’re passing through town, I’ve found some things at the store that might fit under that someone’s Christmas tree.

There’s a little picker (rummager is more like it) in me, I guess, and I just couldn’t help looking behind and under things the other day…

And, hidden under a table, out of sight, were some boxes of books about life in and around Millsboro, by Aubrey Murray.

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It’s About Time

The “A” Team – Ed, Roger, and Marvin

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, was my last day with the State of Delaware Messenger Service. For the last three years, I served as a part-time mail courier, routing state and US mail to and from state agencies, in western Sussex County and southern Kent County. I like being active and I wanted something to do for awhile after retiring and moving back to Millsboro. It was never really a job…more like a gig.

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The Corner Door Listed As Historic Property

My phone rang the morning of September 19th: The “old store with the door in the corner”, my mother’s shop, Carey’s Paint & Frame Shop, was officially recognized as a historic property.

DivHistCulAff2The great news came from my mentor at the Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs, Madeline Dunn. Our year-long project on the application to the National Park Service had paid off. With a lot of help from the staffs at Delaware Public Archives and Sussex County Courthouse, we assembled the necessary documentation.

Problems with my eyesight had

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