With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 9/12/10 - 9/19/10

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Show and Tell Friday ~ Smoking Table

This sweet little table was made by John's grandfather and given to us many years ago from John's Aunt Marie.
It is a smoking table and held JHH Seniors pipe and smoking paraphernalia. 
 Originally there was a small drawer in the front but was missing when we received it.
John closed the opening with a piece of wood and I attached a decorative piece before painting over the dark stain.
I didn't have to create a 'chippy' look as everything at my place gets nicks and dings the old fashioned way... just by living with it
Vintage photos
 John Senior is on the left c.1920's
JHH Sr. in his Mays Landing, New Jersey garden in the late 50's.

Joining Cindy @My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Honey Banana Whole Wheat Bread

 Trying to make additional room in my hoosier cabinet, I went through my cookbook collection to see if I could part with any.  I found a pamphlet with bread machine recipes and scanned through it.  I was excited to fine this recipe as I had wheat flour in the pantry and bananas on the counter.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Parched Land

Though we water the flower beds almost daily through this summers heat and drought, my once healthy and vibrant clematis finally succumbed to these unhappy conditions.  How sad we were to see it brown out and shrivel remembering the many years we enjoyed its gorgeous blooms.
I didn't get a photo in its dead, twig stage but here are a few from this past spring as it flowered all the way to the second story of the house.

Cranberry Upside Downer Cake

 When turned right-side up onto a serving dish and brushed with melted jelly, we enjoyed beautiful, ruby-red cranberries with a sprinkling of nuts on this lightly spiced cake.  Its 8-inch size is just right when serving a small group.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spruced-Up Blogging Spot

Sometimes seeing something day-in and day-out causes us to not really notice it at all.  That is what happened in the corner of the living room where my computer is.  Responding to a prompt to post about "Where You blog" gave me opportunity to take a closer look at this oft occupied location.  My place was... sad.  What to do?  Scan the house for inspiration and the possibility of relocating a piece or two of furniture!
Here is what I came up with.
Remember... this is where I began.  I guess I just didn't realize how worn and neglected this once functional desk had become.  And, (coincidentally?) our once-a-month bulk trash pick-up was the next day.  I can not believe how quickly we had this piece at the curb!

Scanning the house, I spied this sofa table that functioned only as a place to drop off books, mail and an occasional camera flash or lens.  It sits a bit high and hasn't much top surface but it just might work.
Ugh!  Spaghetti wires! (and dust).  John set about de-tangling and did a great job by tacking a couple of wires to the surbase and neatly arranging the others.
I had the lace panel from the old desk and used a tension rod to attach it to the underside of the new table to further hide an outlet and the few wires that remained. Since it is a close color match to the wall, it is barely noticeable.
My only purchase was this painting I found at Home Goods.  I had a $40.00 gift card and the painting was $29.00!  It is on a deep-set canvas and could be hung without a frame.  I remembered a frame that held another painting I have had for years.  Because that painting just does not currently work in any place in my home, it has been stored under one of the beds. But the frame added size and character to my new painting. Ages ago I painted the original gold frame a bright white.  Time must have yellowed it because it works in this creamy room.
The printer had to go on the table top but I tried to make it less intrusive with a few accents.
A lamp we bought in Lancaster, PA back in the early 80's. 
A nice wooden file box retrieved from another room because there will always be paper and books here.
I moved this plant stand from across the room to fill the void left from the sofa table.  Pothos does not require much light so it should continue to do well.
Raider seems content with the spruce-up! 


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