The lilacs are blooming

The lovely quilt with pale green and lilac florals is finally done and put away.  Perhaps we will offer it for sale at the Eureka Montana Quilt Show in August.  Or raffle it off next year. It is easy to imagine it gracing a bed in a guest room or given as a gift to newly weds.  As always, when examining a quilt we take off the frame to ensure there aren’t mistakes, I marvel at the countless stitches, all that wonderful energy  added to the quilt by the women who sewed on it over the months.close quilting

The quilt is in the cupboard now and the old school house is set up as part of the Historical Village museum again.  I stopped by the other day as the museum is always the ideal place to buy postcards of the valley or handmade items.  I was surprised that although it was during regular hours, the museum was closed.  I heard later the volunteer in charge is having a tough time finding enough people to put in an afternoon every week.  It doesn’t sound like much does it?  The museum is open 1:00 – 5:00pm and with a bit of time to open and close all the buildings and such, perhaps four and a half hours. That is what someone would give if they volunteered to help out in the summer (and yes, you are allowed to take vacations): one afternoon a week for four and a half hours.

Before anyone starts to get too blustery about this – four and a half hours out of MY day?!?! – lets think about it.  Last year the New York Times ran an article stating the average American spends five hours a day watching television and then there is the time (additional hours) spent on their tablets, smartphones and computers.  This doesn’t include work time but the leisure time people spend absorbing media.  Could that be the kicker?  Perhaps people think leisure time should be…well….leisurely. It shouldn’t be volunteering.  Perhaps volunteering seems too much like work.  Fortunately as the bubble of Baby Boomers move into retirement age, there are more studies being done on volunteering and its benefits.  Volunteering can keep you physically active, socially connected and mentally stimulated.  So instead of sitting alone on the couch surfing the Net this summer, why not sign up to help at the Historical Village?  Thanks.

About tvh56

I mostly live in Eureka, Montana and write two blogs. One is for the Tobacco Valley Board of History, a group composed of the most remarkable older women who quilt weekly to raise funds to maintain the Historical Village. I had to capture their stories with words and photos. And when I began a traveling bookstore as a small business, well, it only made sense to write about that too.

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