Archive for April, 2010

More hidden history

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Someone has taken these chairs apart before. I don’t know why I never noticed it till now, but look: Two of the chair back uprights are on upside-down. The two on the left. See? I think this actually helps explain why the chair back horizontals on those two in particular are so badly cracked. The […]


Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I have a really hard time making decisions. An embarrassingly difficult time. At home when there’s a decision pending, I make lists and spreadsheets and tables and ask advice from my friends and do research on the possibilities; in a store I dither and dawdle and think […]

Chair repair

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Two nights ago I finished the second round of stain stripping (this time with a toothbrush!) and began the tedious job of repair on the 100-year-old-chairs. You see, not only was the finish worn, the wood gouged, cracked, and chipped, but of course the normal wear-and-tear had also taken its expected toll on their joints. […]


Friday, April 9th, 2010

So I guess the contractor that we hired to take down our trees never took out a permit. Despite the fact that I phoned him and EXPRESSLY ASKED about permits, and he got ornery with me and said he was the expert and to leave it in his hands. Apparently some nosy jackass phoned in […]

And summer’s not even close.

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I just used the last of my frozen basil cubes. They went out with a bang: I made a fabulous (if I do say so myself) toasted walnut pesto and accompanied it with a fresh homemade mozzarella. I think I planted about 40 basil plants last year. And they still didn’t last me over winter. […]

Peeling back the years

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Intrigued by the question that I had raised earlier as to which upholstery on the chairs was the original, last night I found some time to remove the upholstery from the seat frames. I wasn’t too surprised to find more red vinyl under all but two of them. But remember, I thought – and still […]

Easter cookies

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

We had our Easter last week along with all the other little kids of our local Mom’s club – it was so much fun that way, with a smorgasbord of a delicious potluck lunch, a hundred toddlers running around crazily, a bunny-ears-headband craft station, a jumping, hopping, fuzzy, 7-foot-tall Easter Bunny that SofĂ­a was only […]

It’s Spring!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

And thanks to my parents and their perfect birthday present to me last year, we have gorgeous flowers to celebrate with. Only about one third of them are open yet – and there’s another whole clump to the left of the staircase that hasn’t opened at all yet. I think they make the front walk […]


Sunday, April 4th, 2010

I was googling around this evening hoping to pinpoint our new chairs’ provenance. Not too much Googling was required to find several close matches: of them all, Bread & Butter Antiques held the closest example. Except for the different feet and seat cushions, these chairs look fairly similar to ours – though of course […]

The 800-year-old chairs

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Along with the garden’s slaving, the chicks’ raising and the table’s refinishing, there’s another project that’s been keeping me busy for night after night these past couple of weeks. Not, as a startled friend of mine thought I said, a set of 800-year-old chairs, but a set of 8, 100-year-old chairs. A dear, dear friend […]