Monday, January 7, 2008

Bloglines, LibraryThing and Motherhood

No, there is no real connection between these three topics, just things I want/need to comment on!

First, Bloglines - is a great way to see which blogs have new postings. You just enter the list of blogs you want to keep up with, then go to the Bloglines site to see a list of all your favorite blogs, with the number of new postings indicated beside each. Thanks to Jen for mentioning this site. Unfortunately, it doesn't help you find the time to read them all!

Second, LibraryThing - Thanks to Debbie I have found this great site that lets you catalog your library collection rather painlessly. As a retired librarian who has done a fair amount of cataloging, I am thrilled to find an easy way to catalog my own books. You can see to the right of this posting a widget from them that shows a random group of book covers from the ones I added earlier tonight. It even shows you how many other people on LibraryThing have the same book in their collections. At the moment I only have 19 of my books in, with lots more to go, but I think 2 of them are only in my library.

Thirdly, Motherhood. My 4 kids are 28-38 years old and all on their own, but we still worry about them don't we? Our youngest has been an intern on 2 different organic farms for the past two growing seasons. In 2006 she was on a small family farm in south central KY; this past season she was at Hawthorne Valley Farm near Ghent, NY. We picked her up from there the weekend before Thanksgiving and she has been here since then. She started working full-time at the library where my husband works the week after she got here. She has already made one driving trip back to NY to visit friends there, and on Christmas Eve she flew from Atlanta, where we had gone for Christmas with our kids, grands and hubby's family, to NY to spend a week or so at the farm. This past Friday night she was to have taken a bus from NYC to Bangor, ME to visit a farm about an hour from there where she would like to work this year. I last talked to her that night before she left - she was trying to stay awake so she could sleep on the overnight bus. Today she was to take a bus back to NYC, then, after a few hours wait, take a bus from there to Charlottesville, VA where I am to pick her up tomorrow afternoon - that's about an hour from here. The more I think about it the more worried I get! These are not her first bus trips - last year she took one from Atlanta to KY to revisit that farm, then from KY to NY to get to the new farm, but overnight bus trips, and being in bus stations during the transfers, etc really worry me. She said she would call me in the morning when she is waiting for the transfer in DC. I'm sure she gets aggravated with my worrying, but I still worry.

OK, back to a bit more quilting before I try to get some sleep. I am finishing up the quilting on the treetops for the Van Gogh quilt. I'll try to post a photo in the morning.


Kristie said...

Once a mother, always a mother. I think it is only natural that you would worry. My boys are only 5 and 14, but I worry myself sick over them, and my mom is the same way and we are 40, 35, and 23. My saying is...I love you, that is why I worry. Hang in there.

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

I think a mother always worries no matter how old her kids are. It's only natural to do so. I'd worry about a mother who doesn't worry.

Debbie said...

I'm glad you found LibraryThing on my blog, it's a great way to keep track of your library (NAYY). Sorry I haven't responded before now ... so much to do and so little time. I've enjoyed reading your blog and your lovely quilts.