My latest project was to create a clamshell box for a book in very poor shape. I could do nothing to fix the book, but the clamshell box came out great. Client was very happy with the results. I am just sorry it had taken me so long to build. There has been so much going on lately. We have lost student help in book repair and archives. I don't always have time now to do the things that need to be done. I have been given more duties and less help, but in this economy, that is hardly surprising.
My Dad has been sick for a year and during Christmas he spoke to the whole family. It wasn't an easy talk. He predicted he wouldn't live out the year and on March 16th, he died of Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 79. While his death was semi-expected, it doesn't make it any easier.
I picked up a book from a donation box today and thought, Dad would really like this book...and then...I set it back into the box. It's a hard realization when it hits me that he won't be around to discuss books. He had such an interesting take on the stories. Not always the most popular view either. He really made me think about where the characters were coming from and how they lived. We have had discussions like this since I started taking the books he finished from where he laid them by his chair. It started with the Centennial series in the '70's and stopped in December with a Jeffery Archer book he was reading. I had just started reading that author.
I have been sick a lot since December. I believe it is stress that is allowing every little cold and stomach flu into my system so easily. I hope that Spring changes all of that :) New hope for a better year.