For years now, we have been trying to locate the images and the information about the original fireplace in the parlor. The one that is currently there is just so, well, ugly. It just doesn't fit with the house.
So, a few days ago, the ever wonderful Sue Rainey, Fenn's biographer, emailed me this photo.
We were ecstatic. Apparently, Fenn's great-grandson has this, and many other, photos of the house interior. Hopefully, he will want to share it with us as we continue this work.
Funny thing, though. Right before this email from Sue came, my husband and I were debating if we should sell the house. All the work we put it, and tons more that still needs to be done, and, oh, year, our tax bill going up 30%... Anyway, we were in the process of debating this, and then the email with this photo came. Coincidence?! Hubby thinks it's Fenn's ghost telling us to continue. I, of course, don't believe in ghosts, but the timing is peculiar, don't you think?
It was a great break from the construction routine, so I spent 2 days baking several off-the-wall berry items (off the wall, get it?! :)). The Rosemary Shortbread Pizza was a crowd favorite, but unfortunately, hasn't won any awards. In words of one of the tasters: Well, I guess the audience has a more sophisticated palette than the judges. Ouch!
Be that as it may, I strongly encourage you to get involved with this great organization. See you in the kitchen.
The craters in the driveway started to become dangerous, so we figured it's time to do it. And, since the paver was already there, we figured we might as well replace the sidewalk as well. I mean, we were tripping, I can't imagine what it felt like for the unsuspecting passer by.
Here are some of the local interior decorating resources that can help you in your search. Unfortunately, or fortunately, there is no one place to go. But, hunting for that one perfect piece is where all the fun is.
I should officially resign my post as blogger. But, honestly, if it wasn't for this blog, I wouldn't know what exactly happened since we got here. So, we are sort of writing our own history.
Anyway, some interesting news: the elections are upon us. And yours truly pulled a packet for the 2nd Ward Councilor. Yes, I know, crazy. Trust me, more than one person mentioned that. But, let's see what happens. The game of politics is dirty, especially in this town. I was told I was too good and too smart for that. While I appreciate the compliments, it seems a better option than to just sit back and complain. We'll see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
And, oh yeah, I've updated the blog with some of the recent work we've done. Yay!
The painters spent the days between the Christmas and New Year finishing up the room. Because they were so quiet, and because we haven't let the kids go into the room until the construction was finished, when we finally opened the door for them this morning, there was complete mayhem. They were rolling, running, jumping, almost making us rethink the purpose of the room.