Archive | August, 2020

A hoosier of my very own.

11 Aug

Maybe you remember way back when I dearly desired a hoosier cabinet for a coffee station in the kitchen. But they’re kind of hard to find and kind of expensive so I settled for a $30 hutch off of Facebook marketplace that I painted blue. (If you care to have a visual, click here.)

Wellllllllll, one of Dave’s best pinball buddies from Austin came to visit in early January. I think I was in the process of redoing the hutch at the time and mentioned that I dreamed of a hoosier but found this instead. He said something to tune of “My wife has a hoosier cabinet in her sewing room. You could have it.” (His wife was totally cool with it. She wanted shelves for storage instead.)

Oh, my. Oh, my. OH, MY!

The one condition was that Dave had to pick it up in Austin and do a little pinball work for his friend in exchange. Boom. Done. Well, almost done. Then Covid hit and visits to Austin were ill-advised until just a few weeks ago. Dave had fun with his pinball friends and brought back a hoosier, complete with flour sifter and metal pie drawer. Here is what it looked like upon arrival (minus enamel top  and a door I’d already taken off) – IMG_8580

I took it apart and sanded, sanded, sanded; cleaned and finally painted. Dave helped me fix the water damage that was at the bottom. I put it back together, fixed the roll top cover with my book arts skills, ordered a few new drawer pulls, and – wait for it – we have an office!

Yup. An office. Turns out it was too deep to replace our coffee hutch in the kitchen but no fear, it works *perfectly* as our office space. It’s soo much more functional than our “office” space was before. It’s quite perfect – a space for the printer, a counter to address envelopes, and plenty of “office” storage for stamps, cards, files, and the like.IMG_8625

About the color: I painted it white. I know. I really wanted to paint it bright kelly green or orange or something crazy but held back. It seemed to make most practical sense to be boring. And, yes, I admit, classic. I still plan to put colorful wallpaper of some sort behind the printer/roll top door. It needs some funk.

I want to show you something –

10 Aug

We are fresh off of a long weekend of camping, exploring a new-to-us part of Wisconsin. We left Thursday for three nights in Two Rivers. It was a chance to bike, explore a state park, and enjoy a new place.

Our campground had a short path that connected it to a longer bike path – one direction takes you to Point Beach State Forest. The other way leads you into town.  After we set up on Thursday, we set off for the forest. The big selling point here? They have a pet beach and we have a dog that suddenly this summer loves the water.

The bike trail was wonderful, if a bit challenging for people who don’t bike a whole lot these days. (Plus one of us had to pull the 60 lb. dog in his dog trailer. Not me.) The pet beach was lovely once we hauled our bikes/dog trailer through the sand. Woof. The ride back a bit buggy but scenery still enjoyable. Saturday we took off in the opposite direction, heading to town with the goal of ice cream.

On Friday, we drove north into Door County – a place neither of us have ever been. We stopped in Sturgeon Bay for lunch and a little exploring before heading to Whitefish Dunes State Park and Cave Point County Park. Again – a dog beach. It was a popular place to be on an August day.  We had to hike a mile each way to get the beach; after such a walk and swimming to retrieve his floating frisbee, we had one tired pup.

But that’s not what I want to show you.

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The couch arrived. It’s been ours for just over a week. It’s a bit monstrous but it’s what the room needs. It’s comfy and yellow and worth the 20-week wait. On one end is a chaise; that’s Dave’s preferred spot. I hang out on the other end – on the “cuddler.” We wave and talk loudly so the other can hear across across the space in the middle (where sometimes the dog hangs out but he mostly prefers the floor). Someday I’ll tell you about that bright room through the windows … but it needs a little more painting before it’s revealed.

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