When it first got cold, we reluctantly turned on the furnace and once again the old thing kicked on as it always had and began working to heat our home. What we did not know is that our furnace had several large cracks in the heat exchanger and was leaking carbon dioxide. These deadly emissions worked their way through our home, causing headaches and other symptoms we didn't recognize as carbon dioxide poisoning. Then the old furnace quit working. If it hadn't and those emissions had kept on invading our home, tragedy could have happened.
I never thought I'd say I was grateful to have to get a new furnace, but I am because if our old one hadn't broken down, we would have spent the winter with deadly carbon dioxide in our home and nobody can say what might have become of us.
When I called 72 Degrees Heating ...
Did you know green glass made during the Great Depression glows under a black light? There are traces of uranium in the glass cullet they use to make the glass piece, from plates to vases to bowls. It is one of my favorite things about collecting green Depression Glass. I love the glow!
So when my sister Marjie gave us a gift card to Home Depot, we shopped online and noticed they had high quality black lights, actually designed to hunt for scorpions. Apparently they also glow in the dark. At that point I have to take the blame, I'm the one who spent our gift card on the flashlight, BUT IT'S SO COOL.
I've shown you a picture collage I made of some of our glowing glass on an app called Pizap, which is where I edit or collage most of my collections. I also created a facebook page ...
Guess what? I'm not here to offer you any relief or suggestions as to how to deal with this wicked winter Mother Nature is handing us this year. Some of us have to shovel snow, some of us have to dig our cars out after the snowplow encased them in snow when they went by and others, particularly people who don't have a car, have suffered these frigid temperatures with very little relief.. If I had my way, I'd live far south of here where this kind of weather simply doesn't happen. Yes, a rare snowfall can happen in North Carolina, but I can handle a rare snowfall. It's this relentless winter we are suffering through that's getting on my last nerve.
And I know I can't be the only one who feels this way, so I'm going to make a suggestion.
Remember to be kind. If you're fit and ...
We have, in the past couple of years, begun collecting Depression Era glassware. From Jadite to Depression Green Cameo Ballernia to a pre World War One bowl from Germany, we have really enjoyed hunting down pieces, identifying them and adding them to our collection. We don't have a huge amount of items yet, so most are stuffed into the china cabinet. But these pieces are too lovely to be buried in a hutch.
So I found a beautiful "built-in" corner cabinet online and I think we're going to try to make one for our dining room. It would be so nice to have several shelves to display our collection, and our "built-in" would have lots of shelves because the ceiling in the dining room is a ten foot ceiling and the built-in would go to the ceiling.
Still on the hunt for an affordable Hoosier Cabinet we can refinish, that ...
After the holidays, most members of my family sit down and write their thank you notes. If someone took the time to choose or make a gift for you, the least you can do is write them a thank you note so they will feel your delight. To me, that's the goal: to make the giver feel great about their gift.
I actually enjoy this task. I only write a couple of notes an evening because writing hurts my arthritis. ;-) But I still get the job done in as timely a manner as possible.
However, I didn't start this blog about thank you notes to tell you about mine. I wanted to share what my brother's children wrote after receiving their gifts this year. I did something kind of special, creating earrings and necklaces from a beautiful crystal necklace that belonged to my late grandmother, Dorothy Wild for her ...
Ah, a new year, typically a time when folks like to make New Year's Resolutions, determined this year will somehow be better than the last. Well, I'm not sure how my life can get any better at this point, so making plans to change myself or my surroundings just don't fit, somehow.
It's kind of like the Lenten Season for we catholics. Lent came around one year and my daughter Christine and I talked about what we planned to give up. She said something very wise that day that I have come to embrace as a lifetime outlook. She said, "You know Mom, you don't have to GIVE UP something for Lent, you can always try to make a change that will make you a better person."
Hmmm, food for thought there, who doesn't want to be a better person? So during that season of Lent many years ago I ...
Every year we put together some kind of "homemade" gift for my big family, which can be a real challenge. One year, Dave was inspired by spices, and we put together a spice collection he smoked, (lemon zested peppercorns) that honestly looked like something out of Crate and Barrel. We put the peppercorns in an antique Champagne Velvet bottle, the smoked sea salt in a little Petron shot glass, the smoked Paprika in vintage spice bottles and gave everyone a Pepper grinder for their specially seasoned pepper. Dave made the little crates they went in and they turned out really nicely.
Last year we were into Depression dishes and at the same time, a huge classroom at ISU was gutted. Dave brought home one of the big old classroom clocks, which I loved so much I begged him to go through the building before they tore it down and bring ...
I have blogged about my pottery work, sculpting little Santa faces for a gift this holiday season. I created 15 Santas. I broke one before it could be fired and another split in the kiln, so I'm down to 13 and really can't afford to make a mistake or all my work will be lost.
Woudln't you know it, my kiln decided to stop working right in the middle of trying to fire! I turned to my dear potter friend Rogier Donker, who was kind enough to offer to fire my pieces for me. We picked them up last night and he fired them perfectly, of course. I have a bit of detail work to finish them up, but none of this would have been possible without Rogier stepping in and rescuing me!
So this Christmas season, I am grateful for old friends who are always there for me.
The holidays are officially here! We put the tree up yesterday so our Thanksgiving guests can walk into a festive home Thursday. I'm excited, we're hosting this year and our guests include Dave's mom, sister, nieces and my sister and Godson, plus my former roommates Mike and Toya. I can't wait!
We have had the inevitable conversation about which food item to fix when so we won't be overwhelmed by everything coming together at once, but of course that's easy to do when your home isn't full of people like it will be on Thursday.
Do you have any secrets to coordinating the meal for up to 12 people with only one oven?
In the meantime, here's a picture of some of the ornaments on the tree.
One of the most charming holiday traditions is coming up on Saturday with the Collett Park Christmas Craft Walk on Terre Haute's north side. Just head up north of Maple Avenue and you will find this charming neighborhood. This year there are over fifteen homes that will be open Saturday from 9am to 5pm for you to visit and shop their charming wares, from jewelry to pottery to handwoven goods!
Start by looking for a home with a white sign out front that says COLLETT PARK CHRISTMAS CRAFT WALK. Inside, you will find great crafts and be sure to pick up the flyer, because that has the addresses of all the other crafters for you to visit during Saturday's event.
Don't let the cold weather prevent you from enjoying these one of a kind crafts and arisans and feel free to say Diane sent you!