I just couldn't
help myself. I have another beautiful tiger oak antique in my dining
room. It's a triple curved glass china/curio cabinet from the early
1900's, manufactured by Superior Furniture in Rockford, Illinois.
It's not completely my fault. My husband suggested we go back to the
antique mall to take another look at a little wash stand we
saw last week. He spotted this cabinet tucked in a corner, called me
over, and encouraged me to buy it. Another anniversary present, he says. The booth owner was there, said
he'd give us a sweet deal since he'd had it for a while. So you see it was impossible to resist and apparently meant to be.
forgotten my clutter rule. My current china cabinet is going to
move into the kitchen. The kitchen bookshelf is going downstairs to
his guy room. His old shelves will go to the barn. I gathered up more things out of the spare room closet to donate. Something in, something out.
As for the wash
stand, it's still at the shop. I'm not going back there for at least a few
weeks. But it is pretty, and would fit nicely in my mama's room...
“I generally avoid
temptation unless I can't resist it.” --Mae West
Wow, a busy
week completed and another already started here at Casa Ireland.
Even with normal housework, appointments, mowing two yards, and
checking on my mama, I found time for a few extras.
First, for our anniversary my
sweetheart bought me a fabulous tiger oak sideboard at a local
antique mall. The label says Home Furniture Company, East York, PA.
There's no date but I'm thinking early 1920's. They manufactured oak
dining furniture from 1898 to 1928, when they changed to radio
cabinets and bedroom suites. It is exactly what I was looking for
and matches my other tiger oak pieces perfectly. I love the detail
on the doors!
Getting a new
piece of furniture means rearranging...not only the room where it
will be, but overflow into other rooms. I had to unload the china
cabinet to move it, which led to cleaning the glass shelves, finding
forgotten treasures, and reorganizing the shelves. I dusted
baseboards and chair rails, swept and swiffered, rehung pictures and
wall décor. I brought in his old Philco radio to sit on the new
sideboard, moved a mirror to the hallway. My dining room sparkles
and looks totally redecorated.
We already have a
house full of stuff, so I donated one old filing cabinet and plan to
sell another piece. I have two boxes of stuff from the kitchen and
dining room ready to go to Goodwill. After dealing with an estate
sale, my plan is to simplify and purge our household items. This
year and from now on, the one in, one out (maybe two out) rule
will apply to nearly everything. My fabric and his electronics are
excluded, of course.
By the way, I know
that the current trend is not brown furniture. I don't follow trends, I use what I like. I decorate for my own happiness, pleasure
interesting things happened in 1973. It seems like such a long time
ago. The cost of a gallon of gas was about thirty-nine cents.
Minimum wage was $1.60 per hour; I was working as a medical
In August, I walked down the aisle with a bouquet of yellow roses
and daisies. Yep, my sweetheart and I have been married
for forty years this week. We were two kids beginning the adventure
of a lifetime, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Love ya, baby!
historic events of 1973
The Young &
The Restless soap opera premieres
The Sting wins
best motion picture at the Academy Awards
Vietnam War ends
Pioneer 11 and
Skylab space station are launched
Live and Let Die
premieres with Roger Moore as Bond, James Bond
the Triple Crown
Roy Clark is named
CMA Entertainer of the Year
The World Trade
Center opens in New York
Kojak, The Celebrity Match
Game, and The Addams Family cartoon debut on TV
Billie Jean King
beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
Priscilla Presley divorce
Benny Parsons wins
the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship
songs hit number one
You're So Vain –
The Most Beautiful
Girl and Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
Angie – Rolling
Time in A Bottle
and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
The days are
flying by, aren't they? It's August already! There are dozens of projects to do, people to see, and places to go.
Today may be
another ordinary day, but it is yours to spend. You cannot save
today for later. Don't let it slip by without doing something you
This is the beginning of
a new day. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today
is important because
I am exchanging a day of
my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone
forever, leaving in its place something I have traded for it. I
want it to be a gain, not a loss; good, not evil; success, not
failure — in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it