Wednesday, March 12, 2008

inventory



im·ped·i·men·ta (ĭm-pěd'ə-měn'tə)
pl.n. Objects, such as provisions or baggage, that impede or encumber

Top: A map of Cherbourg, a map of Paris, a notebook from a long-ago trip to Normandy, filled with postcards and chocolate wrappers, tied with a piece of garden twine, a wooden last for mending shoes.

Bottom: A broken watch, two beaded bracelets that my sister made for me, a plastic necklace, six anklets, all wrapped around a silver candleholder.

11 comments:

Angeline said...

Hey, I learnt a new word today! Impedimenta! Love the photos, Looks so artistic.

Julia said...

ha! I wish my shelves were nearly that interesting.

Tash said...

impedimenta = yard sale, in Tashspeak.

LAS said...

Oh - I love those photos!

christina(apronstrings) said...

this reminds me of 'the things they carried" (title?) of raymond carver's essay. and book.
i sure hope you add to the collection so happier momentos soon.
*sigh.*
xoxo

Furrow said...

I'm sometimes too rash in tossing out impedimenta. It might be nice to run across some forgotten mementos.

I learned a new word yesterday. Threnody: a song of lament. I'll bet you already knew that one.

Ahuva Batya said...

I am a harsh mistress to imedimenta; I can't stand clutter and often throw things out, only to regret it later. Your photos are always so beautiful.

niobe said...

Furrow: The only reason I know the word "threnody" is that it's the title of a poem by Dorothy Parker that starts with the lines "Lilacs blossom just as sweet/ Now my heart is shattered."

Monica H said...

ooh, I like!

Christine said...

"objects such as baggage..."

dude-- i guess i have lots of impedimenta in my life.

Running on empty

meg said...

I hate stuff. Nothing makes me happier than carting stuff off to the goodwill. I absolutely love it. I am the opposite of a pack rat. I would have nothing if my husband would go for it.

And I have never regretted throwing anything out. Not once.