The Year in Review…

I find I’m becoming very aware of the passage of time…days, weeks, months, years.  Most of the time it’s gone before I know it.

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t wish for several more hours.

Twelve months have passed since I started this blog and it seems like a blink.  Calendars were not a planned topic, but I guess it’s no surprise at this point that I saved some over the years.  I thought they would provide fitting photos for this month.

I started collecting these date books from the card store a long time ago. I don’t know whether I stopped getting them, or they stopped giving them out.


The little kitten calendar below was given to me in either 1969 or 1970. It was from 1968 and belonged to my brother’s girlfriend. She said she thought I would like the pictures – which of course I did!

I kept date calendars for years. They had enormous amounts of information squeezed into the little squares. I would have been prepared with an alibi if ever I needed one!

The Bally shoe calendars were given to me by someone I worked with because they knew I would like the artwork.


My sister gave me this Marilyn Monroe calendar.


Of course, being an antique doll collector – I’ve had several antique doll calendars over the years.


Mid-1970’s awkward high school years when I was in the “Flag Corps”


I re-read my first post and I should mention that the “downsizing” has been occurring although not at a lightning pace.  It got a recent jumpstart since I’ve decided that I want to do some different things with an extra bedroom in the house to make it more suitable to my current interests.  It took a bit to come to this decision, since it’s the room my Mom used when she stayed.

She would have told me to dismantle it long ago!

I was talking with a friend a few months back (ironically, it was the same person I mentioned in the very first blog – the one that said I should just embrace collecting and enjoy my collections).  Anyway, she asked if the blog was accomplishing what I’d hoped it would.  I found I really didn’t have a solid answer.  After giving it some thought, I’d say in its most basic form, it has.  I set out to have monthly posts, each revisiting one of my many collections, which would recall some of the stories that surrounded the items.  In that way it’s been successful and enjoyable.

However, with each passing month, I found that I was hoping to accomplish a few more things with the blog and in these areas, it fell short.  So, at a minimum – I’ll be taking a break from the regular monthly “Collected” blog updates.  I’ll keep the site and previous postings up since I may start it back again – believe it or not, I have many more collections to serve as topics!  Or I may use the space to do in depth looks at single objects that are among my collections.
My many hobbies and interests are vying for the limited spare time that’s available.  I’ve added a link to my photo site on the top of the page if you would like to see what’s going on there from time to time, along with a link to follow this blog in case you would like to be notified of future posts.  I’m happy that people have stopped by to read about some of these collections.

Thanks also to those that have shared comments about a jogged memory or items that they have currently, or have had at some point in their lives.

Author: Collected

Recollections and reflections on a life time of collecting.

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