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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-05-2018

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10 AT HOME NOVEMBER 8-14, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION (unadopted leftovers from the demolition of an old fire- place) along the back fence were prized by all kinds of wildlife, as were all my vari- ous plantings, bird feeders, and birdbaths. I was even more surprised to receive the certificate which I then tucked away for safekeeping. I don't remember why I was suddenly looking for the thing five years later, but the search through the many shelves and cubbies of my spare room soon took on the feel of an archaeological dig. My first find was a copy of my grandfather Bouchard's naturalization papers, dated Nov. 9, 1908, in Deadwood, S.D. He and his wife had left their farm in Quebec in 1902 and headed to South Dakota where he worked in the Homestake Gold Mine until he was injured in an explo- sion in 1910. I found the owner's manual for the chainsaw, later sold still in its original box at a yard sale a few years ago after being scared out of ever using it by my children who had been terrified by its original purchase. In rapid succession, I unearthed the instruction manual for the electric fire- place that's in the sunroom, two Glo-Guns (?), a set of size-10 knit-in-the-dark knit- ting needles, batteries includ- ed, and a balsa wood glider still in its wrapper. There was my old Garmin GPS that had led me seri- ously astray more than once before being replaced (Why did I keep it? Why do I still have it even now?), a very nice, brand new Vera Bradley zippered pouch, and a kit of lavender essential oils that I apparently had no idea what to do with then anymore than I do now, and yet it remains on the shelf, which perhaps gives you some idea of how this is going and why. Tucked way back behind everything was a tiny brand new hand-knitted light blue infant hat with a little chin strap that promptly went into the bag of hats our knit- ting group was donating to an inner city coat drive in Worcester, a pair of used black, men's socks that just as promptly went into the trash, and pattern and fabric for a small Christmas tree I never got around to making...yet. There was an unopened box of Crayola colored pen- cils and a Mickey Mouse Magic Ink coloring book, obviously stashed away as part of a long ago Christmas gift for a grandson who turns 11-years-old this weekend and is now too old for them (but fortunately never too old for the balsa wood glider). I found a December 2012 Ellery Queen Magazine to which my late son Rick had a sub- scription that expired long after he did, and my own "Spanish for Dummies," one of several "Dummies" books on various subjects, most of which are in a different room. For some reason that remains unclear, there was a brand new, unopened pair of really pretty lace 24" tier curtains and a pair of tension rods to go with them. The only room with two win- dows in it is my room and it already has full length lace curtains in its windows and no reason in the world why it would need tiers. If anyone out there could use them, let me know and they're yours. They are too pretty to waste. All of the above were found in the shelving units, mixed in willy-nilly with a bunch of other stuff I knew was there, but the cubbies in the big computer desk held a differ- ent sort of surprises. Like a packet of my late father-in- law's WWII army papers (copies, not originals), a stack of enough unused Christmas cards in both English and French to get this year's mail- ing well on its way, and a packet of heartwarming thank you letters (several of which made me cry) from people who had requested sand from Omaha Beach after I returned from a trip there 10 years ago. Oh, and let's not forget the two thick packets of documents from previous mortgage refinances done several years ago that I finally got around to shredding just yesterday. That was the point at which I found the manila envelope that triggered the search to start with, and the point at which the digging and sorting stopped, leaving me amazed at the sheer volume and vari- ety of artifacts to be found when one begins digging and wondering what might still be lurking, just waiting to be unearthed. Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. RHEA From Page One Industrial Revolution Quilt Guild meets Nov. 14 PAWTUCKET – A meeting of the Industrial Revolution Quilt Guild will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church, 514 Smithfield Ave. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Guest for the evening will be Louise Pankiewicz who will give a presentation on making a "Quilt in a Day." She will also have items related to her presentation for sale. The meeting is open to the public and new members are welcome. For more information, contact Brenda Devine at 401-272-1278.

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