Machka9 wrote: »
In case you were wondering ... September 2018 weather in Tasmania ...
M in Oz
okiewoman510 wrote: »
Happy October Ladies! Thanks for getting us started off right Barbie!
Thank you Rori, Heather, Viv, Kate and Barbara for the birthday wishes.
Have a great day lady. Heather, a very happy birthday a day early in case I'm not logged in tomorrow.
Okie in the TX Hill Country
coastalgosgal wrote: »
lilnoramitchellandre wrote: »
Trying to lose that final 10lbs.
Okie - Happy Belated Birthday
Heather - Happy Early Birthday (I hope I got the right person); did not set up my side-by-side Word; so my short-term memory is being tested! LOL! Going to 'sleep apnea' MD tomorrow evening and guess we will discuss if my husband's and son's desires for me to NOT ever drive again is what is in the cards.
margaretturk wrote: »
Goals for October
Stay on high fiber low sugar diet.
I maintained in September
I went on the biannual Summit Ave house tour yesterday. There were twelve homes on the tour. These are more mansions than homes. These are the homes that the very wealthy built around 1890-1920. I didn't take pictures I barely got them all in in the 6 hour time frame they allowed for viewing. They were spread out over a a large are. I must have walked four to five miles yesterday. Many of these homes were three stories too. Not all the homes were open to the third floor but several were. I got plenty of exercise.
Highlights: One owner was on our Children's Museum Board and when they moved the museum he bought the boat that children played on in the museum and put it in his basement and then had a white and blue theme. It was a delight.
The room that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote Paradise Lost was on the tour. It was on the third floor of a brownstone. He would go out on the small balcony to smoke his cigarettes. The story was he went running into the street when he finally sold a novel going up to people saying he was going to be a famous author. Once he sold a novel Zelda married him. He was not from one of the wealthier families on the block. You can see the influence of this in his book The Great Gatsby.
For me one of the joys was seeing all the art work some of the owners displayed. Many you could tell had travelled the world.
Many were had tasteful displays of antiques too. One of my favorites was a metal doll house like I had as a child.
One owner had an exact replica of the Downtown Abbey servant bell board. FUN!
One of the homes a former owner had bought rooms from Europe and had them recreated in her home. One room was filled with mirrors from Italy and beautifully carved doors. One room she had made up tp feel like a castle. She also had a gorgeous carved staircase. You could tell she loved her home and loved history. She felt preservation was important.
Another favorite for me was the home that was getting new siding. When they pulled the siding off they found boards that made the frame had sign paintings on them. Turns out the home was built from wood that from a skating rink that was torn down. They pulled some of the boards and incorporated them into their entry area. They also made a wall display as an art piece. I particularly liked the one that had signatures of people who had visited the skating rink. This is why I went on the tour because they will soon be putting up new siding and will be covering up the siding they left on the home for another owner to find some day.
My father did something similar in the sixties when he finished off our screened in porch. He used the wood from a torn down carriage house. If something old has to be torn down I love it when it can be reused into something else.
Such fun seeing how people blended the old with the new and making them functional living spaces.
Then there was the home where the third floor was converted into an apartment completed with the aunt who would say, "I am the aunt who lives in the attic."
This home was not one the tour but for Halloween they had three full size skeletons climbing on their home. Another one not on the tour had rather than cut down a dead tree they had made a live size carving of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and Tigger. Love it!
It did inspire me to not over clutter my she-cave. For me it is just about right. Now if I want to add something I know something else must go.
Another favorite of mine was the poster made by the owners children saying Welcome to Our Home. Worthy of framing in my book.
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