Showing off the new computer on March 5, 2017.
“The clutter” has only gotten worse!! I have so little aisle space because three boxes to the left of the table with Dell laptop computer. One box for trash–but it is filling up very slowly. One box holds material I’ve scanned but put the original correspondence (printouts, etc.) in a box destined for Brethren Heritage Center. One box contains the next projects I’ll tackle one-by-one. On a positive note, the very large box, on the pallet, on the patio, is empty and en route to the dumpster. I measure success by the number of boxes, and crates, I’ve emptied. It just doesn’t “show” inside my trailer home!!
So far, this is merely the boxes that were in a storage unit “down the highway.” I have not attempted to “dig” out boxes stored in my on-site storage building. Yes, I’ve made progress but my answer to the question “How long will this take?” is “a year.”
Did I tell you, this is a juggling act? I scan… and get that “puzzle piece” in the air, then add it to “the library.” Almost always, I have three computer programs open (three “pieces”) at all times. Sometimes, in an attempt to know where to file the information* (in the library), I check Ancestry.com. I usually “get lost” in the search and I’ve wasted(?) precious hours. (1) Windows-7 operating system on laptop, (2) PaperPort software handling the information between scanner and computer, (3) HP scanner, and (4) Ancestry.com. Every scanned page gets special attention. If a handwritten letter, it has to be scanned one way and I need to lift the lid of the scanner and place the letter on the “flat-bed.” When information was typed with a typewriter, is faded and difficult to read, it needs special attention. Likewise, a printout from an old dot matrix printer, being faded and difficult to read, needs special attention. I’m grateful for those folks who sent letters and printouts that will scan easily when inserted in the “document feeder.”
*Which Immigrant Frantz ancestor.
Here’s an interesting email letter I found today. To Martha from Lorraine.