I go to my blog once or twice a day to scan my list of blog links to see if anyone has posted anything new. Very few people seem to be updating much lately, least of all me! I have definitely been "off" blogging. I guess I will do my part and post something, though. I don't have it in me to try to tell you what we've been up to in the past four months, so instead I'm going to post an ode to my card catalog.
Now, some of you youngsters may not even know what a card catalog is, or what its purpose was/is. I'm not in the mood to give much of a history lesson right now, but I will say that this is how we used to find books in the library before computers became commonplace in libraries. Little cards filled all the little drawers. The cards listed all the materials in the library, searchable by title, subject, and author. With the advent of computerized catalogs, the old card catalog files became mostly obsolete. Some strange people now like to purchase them and repurpose them for use in the home. I've been wanting one for years, and about a year and a half ago my dream came true and I bought a card catalog formerly used at the College of Eastern Utah in Price, Utah.
Card catalogs come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and materials. Mine has 72 drawers, so it's a rather large one. We were living in our tiny basement apartment in Payson when I purchased it, so I couldn't even bring it in the house. If I had asked Tyson to move it down the stairs to the apartment...well, let's not go there.
I finally was able to set it up when we moved back to Cache Valley. The first question Tyson had asked when he first saw it was, "What are you going to use it for?" I said I was going to put stuff in it, of course! I think he thought there weren't 72 categories of stuff that could go in these little drawers, but there are! It's my 72-drawer junk drawer! From address books to a voice recorder, everything has an organized little home in my card catalog. In fact, here's the whole list:
Address Book, Batteries, Bills, Business Cards, Buttons, Cables - AV, Cables - Computer, Calculators, Camera, Candles - Long, Candles - Tea lights, Candy, Cards - Index, Cards - Note & Thank you, Cell phone, Change, Chapstick, Checks, Colored Pencils, Coupons, Crayons, Elastics & Twist Ties, Envelopes - Large, Envelopes - Small, Ephemera, Erasers, First Aid, Flashlights, Glasses, Glue, Gum, Hand Sanitizer, Hard Drive, Hardware, Hole Punches, Ink cartridges, iPod, Keys, Labels, Lighters, Lint Roller, Markers, Matches, Measuring Tapes, Medicine, Nail Clippers & Polish, Needles & Thread, Paper clips, Paints, Pencils, Pens, Pins, Playing Cards, Post-it Notes, Receipts, Rulers, Scissors, Shoe Polish, Sidewalk Chalk, Stamps - Ink, Stamps - Postage , Stapler, String, Sunglasses, Tape, Tools, Toys, Voice Recorder
That's not exactly 72. Some are split in two drawers, and I actually have two drawers leftover.
Enough with the talk. Here are the pictures.
Card catalog in our townhouse in North Logan. Note my creative kid-proofing. I didn't want to do anything to mar or alter the card catalog so I devised a dowel system that causes young children extreme difficulty when they try to open the drawers. One must pull on a dowel with significant and even force in order to open all the drawers in that row at once. This keeps kids away from the stuff they shouldn't get. Beck has now become interested in removing all the labels, however, a stage Sawyer went through when the card catalog was first set up.
Closeups of the "Batteries" drawer.
In context in Logan. If that sofa looks strange, it's because I removed the main part of the gray slipcover, leaving the piece with an odd two-tone look. It was just too heavy and gray with the full slipcover, which was skirted and hid the feet. I regretted this sofa within days of buying it, but it's too big and expensive to flush down the toilet.
Card catalog in context in our Pennsylvania living room. The rest of the furniture has been rearranged a few times since this picture, but the card catalog just stays there. We really need a rug, but the one I want is expensive (not to mention not available anymore).