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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I'm beginning to think the cure is worse...

Flagyl, aka metronidazol, is the friend I love to hate.  Short of an allergic reaction, I think I've had every noted side affect and even the rare ones.  And I have 6 more days of this crap.  Plus the added bennie that the sides usually last at least a week past final dose.

Gads, I swear, this stuff is worse than what ails me!  (maybe...)

I even begged my doc for something different...his response?  Not if you want to get well.  They won't prescribe different unless you ARE allergic to it.  and I'm not...not yet anyway.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tick Tock, Tick Tock...

Ah, the interminable joys of waiting.  Sort of like the old military adage about Hurry up and Wait... we are now in that window of time, where we are waiting to close on the sale of this house, and waiting for the date to be set for the closing on the house we are buying.  And through all that, juggling the times of the dual leasebacks, and when everybody gets to take full possession of their houses.  Or something like that.

After we close here, the timeline will hurry up some, as we will know the exact date we have to vacate.  Getting OUT of here will not be that difficult, as most of our stuff is already gone.  One big 26' truck will handle everything with room to spare (all the better to empty out storage units with, eh?).  I'm hoping our move-in schedule can be accelerated some, but I just don't know, at this point.

Once we close up 'there',  everything is locked in to a schedule.  The dogs will go on vacation out at TIRR during the move, so they don't get too rattled, or scoot out an open door.  We will pick them up after we build their temporary run at the new place.  They'll be fine I think, after a couple days of getting to know the new place.

We do plan to look into helping out with the local animal shelter in town.  They do a lot of good work there, and of course we will still be helping out when we can with TIRR.  And if the kids and I end up living at TIRR for a few days, then we will help out a LOT!  There's always pens that need cleaning, and dog bedding that needs laundered.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Old Meets New

To be honest, DH and I are not very 'formal' people.  Our lifestyle, and pleasures tend toward the simple.  Since our new home will have a room, a formal living room, that we were not sure quite what to do with, our good friend Steakburner suggested we make it our library/reading room.  We jumped on the idea, only to realize we didn't really have a lot of furniture to put in such a room.

Off we went a week or so ago, to the monster Nebraska Furniture Mart.  We spend a couple hours, looking at tables, chairs and book cases.  We have always loved the Arts & Crafts period, and Mission/Stickley furniture, but such is typically well outside our price range, especially if it is antique.
MDF construction drop leaf secretary

At NFM, we saw a line of furniture that caught our eye.  I even went back midweek to look closer at it.  In the end, I called the manufacturer, only to learn it was MIC (made in China), and was built on a frame of MDF (medium density fiberboard).  I called DH and gave him the bad news.  I am not going to spend that kind of cash for MDF furniture!

Disenchanted, DH began to poke through the local Craigslist, spotting some stunning antiques.  One, a drop leaf secretary, had been listed at a fair price, but had been out there for a full month.  Our experience with Craigslist and desirable pieces of anything, is that sellers tend not to remove listings, or even reply to inquiries.

With a sense that it would be pointless, but like the Lottery, if you don't play you never win, I went ahead last week and sent the seller an email.  And heard nothing...that is, until late last night, when an apologetic email came in, telling me it was still for sale.  I replied, and arrangements were made to go see the piece this afternoon.

This was what we found!  The hardware is original, save for two drawer pulls, and the stained 2x4's under the original feet.  We will be removing those feet, once we get it moved to our new place.  It even has the key for the bottom cabinet, though the lock for the top drop leaf does not work.  
Above, is what the sloped cabinet opens out to be, a leather covered writing surface, and small desk organizer inside.  The oak is solid oak, not veneers, and you rarely see that grade of quartersawn white oak these days.  Needless to say, we bought it!

In addition to the desk, just last weekend, I snagged with DH, an antique rocking chair, smaller than the one we already had, and very comfortable.  It was at the local Restore:  Habitat For Humanity resale store.  It is mostly original, though the rockers are likely replacements, they are not "new".  This is a Tiger Oak veneer, and the veneer is old and original.  Tiger Oak refers to the pattern of rays (the stripes) in the quartersawn veneer.  Sadly it does have one significant chip out of the seat veneer on the leading edge.  We are planning on how to repair that, though we do not have the missing piece.

And for the Old Meets New?  Well, our plan is to use the secretary desk in the library, to hold a laptop, just like this!  And the rockers will be the reading chairs, along with the new-to-us leather couch also from Restore.  As for the rest of the furniture we desire, we decided to piece it together from what we find at sales, antique stores, auctions and such.  Honestly, we never really were the "everything has to match" type of people!  So our library will be a work in progress.  And part of the fun, will be in the hunt!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

In January, and blooming again.

It is the end of January, and the twiggy bush out in the front planter area is blooming again.  In the dead of winter, this thing blooms, every year, like clockwork.  It's not drawn by warmth, as it is frequently below freezing here in this timeframe, yet it blooms.

Come summer, when it is covered in leaves curled and damaged by the aphids that will soon swarm it, it is an utterly unremarkable shrub.  Ugly even, by many standards, yet in winter it truly shines.

I think there is probably a lesson for us all, in that.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016