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She’s NOT Sorting Photos in She-Shed

She’s Not Sorting Photos in Her She-Shed by the Sea Shore Anymore


pile of photo boxes in kitchen
Maryanne’s messy kitchen, Sidney, BC

Yes, that’s right: my photo-sorting station has officially been moved from my She-Shed into…my kitchen.

Alas, the old saying, “Out of sight out of mind,” proved to be true and despite my best intentions to sort photos in my backyard She-Shed, I just never really seemed to make the time to go in there much…at least, not to sort photos. I was certainly in and out of there often enough for garden-related items.

So, in early September, I moved the photo-sorting supplies and boxes of photographs into my kitchen, where I have to see the mess every single day. No longer out of sight, it has become top of mind – or at least somewhere on the list of my weekly tasks.

Although the piles of photographs are certainly daunting, I find that by setting my handy-dandy timer so that I sort in short 20-minute increments, I am actually slowly getting through the boxes – and enjoying the process!

As such, here are a few more gems I’ve unearthed:

MA as child holding yellow bear
Maryanne, age 3, 1971
MA in Brownie outfit
Yours truly as a Brownie, age 6

And remember this photo from the She Sorted Photos in Her She-Shed by the Seashore blog?

MA Pat Doug and George as kids sitting on couch
L to R: Doug, MA, George & Pat

Well, I found the matching photo of me and my brothers on the front steps of my Calgary home, which was taken back in about 2008 (we didn’t get the order quite right!):

MA, George, Pat & Doug on front steps of MA's Calgary home
L to R: George, MA, Pat & Doug

I know I’m not the only person out there struggling to make some sense of order out of old family photos, so if you have any tips or suggestions, I would love to hear them!

As for my She-Shed? Well, it’s back to being a garden shed…just a very clean and organized one with a rather pretty sign made out of shells 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive Maryanne’s weekly blog, please sign up here.

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1 thought on “She’s NOT Sorting Photos in She-Shed”

  1. ahahahahaha…love this e-mail comment that just came in:

    Yes, sorting photos….don’t even ask. I have 4 kids. Only the first 2 have a “Baby Book”, while the two youngest have a box of photos — somewhere?? Not sorted. Not even sure where the boxes are….Oh lord.
    SH, Calgary, AB

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