Still Going

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I’m still here, just haven’t had much to update the site with lately. It’s been nine months since my wife Amy died, and things have been tough all over. I decided not to sell this domain, but may still entertain offers for the right amount. I’ll continue the site when I have items to post, and welcome guest submissions or link suggestions.

My wife Amy passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on June 16th. I’m not yet planning on moving or selling the house, as I like it too much.

I’ve spent the past few months memorizing the entire Benjamin Moore paint line, looking for a trim color for the house.  You’d think it’d be easy, right? Wrong. I can’t just appease the neighbors, paint the thing beige, and call it a done deal. Why? Because #1 It’s Boring and #2 It’s Not Authentic to 1956.

I admit it, the color selection defeated me. I called in the Big Dogs of Design, James Linville and Lina Husodo of Studio H+L, two very cool architects whom Bill and I befriended/worked with when we lived in Austin. They’re gonna help us take our house back to what it used to be, but better.

Hopefully we’ll get to see them soon. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see Bear and Della (their dogs, whom we adored as much as the design process) too.

Retro-Futuristic Writing

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I’ve done a review of various modern fountain pens and pocket notebooks over at my main weblog.

If anyone has an old Parker 51 or Parker 21 fountain pen lying in a desk drawer I’d love to give it a good home.

Krud Cutter and Holy Cow are great for getting years of accumulated wax and dirt off 50-year-old wood floors.

We’ve got a couple of test patches so far that show we have an absolutely beautiful floor underneath all the grime; a lot of elbow grease and some re-waxing later the dining room is going to be even more beautiful.

Awww, thanks!

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Thanks to “Meanwhile Back At the Ranch”, the Midcentury Style Blog, for naming us as one of their recipients of the “One Lovely Blog” awards.

I don’t have the time right now to do likewise, but wanted to say thanks.

A Quiet Christmas

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Not much going on here this holiday season. As an IT guy, I tend to have to work extra hours during the Christmas and New Years break to get things done while the rest of the employees are off on vacation.

We ended up having a non-Turkey-based meal with our neighbors across the street (who are also Fifties/Modern fanatics). Tenderloin steak, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sausage, and pumpkin chiffon pie for dessert.

I’ve added One Stop Modern to the Links & Resources page.

Amy recently found REJUVENATION for lighting, shades, and hardware, and Schoolhouse Electric Co. for period light fixtures and glass shades.

What A Mess

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For the past six months or so, I’ve been too busy at work (and too tired in the evenings) to properly clean house. Combine this with the effects of Hurricane Ike and a week of sleeping on the couch (to babysit the generator) and you end up with quite a bit of clutter.

I’ve been taking trash out, doing laundry, and so forth – I’m just talking about vacuuming, properly dusting, and things like that. I also seemed to have acquired quite a collection of Amazon.com boxes and computer parts on the dining room table that needed to be put in their proper place, and a pile of extension cords that need to be hung up in the garage.

Fortunately it was nothing that a couple hours of work and some trash bags and elbow grease couldn’t solve, and our home once again looks good enough that I can invite people over without apologizing for the mess.

A few years ago I acquired a book that really dove into the concept of “housekeeping”, Cheryl Mendelson’s Home Comforts : The Art and Science of Keeping House. The best way I can describe it is “cleaning porn” – almost like Alton Brown Does Housework.

The author recently came out with another book, Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens. It’s really interesting, but I’m a guy. My method of doing laundry remains “put in washer, throw in a scoop of Tide, set dials, come back in half an hour.”

Now that the house is clean, I need to stay on top of things and keep it that way. If I get overwhelmed with work, I may just hire a home cleaning service to come in once a week from now on.