Monday, December 31, 2012


The one thing I really love about my house is the doorknobs.  I have bi-fold french doors in my living room, and they have gorgeous glass knobs.  My favorite bit of the door, however, is the tiny keyhole:

There is a nick on the door frame where the knob hasn't been turned before being closed, but I think it adds to the character of the house (so, I keep telling myself).

The front door in the entry has a beautiful beaded doorknob, with a matching beaded keyhole:

As you can see, the front door has had nails put into it by previous owners.  The locking mechanism consists of a couple of brass buttons on the side of the door that sits in the frame.  Sometimes these get pressed inadvertently, and the knob locks in place.  So far, I've managed to get it unlocked with a butterknife, since I don't have the original key to the house.  Luckily, this isn't the main entry door that gets locked when we come and go.

Lastly, I present my bedroom door knob:

I can't tell you how much I love this plate and knob.  Feel free to stare at it for a while.  Isn't it just gorgeous?

Sunday, December 30, 2012


My poor laptop died a rather massive sort of death.

It doesn't help that I didn't have a backup, but these things seem to happen at the most inopportune times.  Luckily, I had an extended warranty; even though it had to be mailed back to some cave on a tiny island for what seems like forever.  This is the reason why there have been approximately zero updates.

Not that much has happened.  

I'm still looking for a paint color for the master bedroom.  

I still haven't torn out the pink mauve carpet that is in there, because it is the perfect drop cloth for when I eventually pick out a paint that I like.  Yes, the walls look like some sort of mosaic with all of the swatching I've done.  I'll have to take a photo.

It is cold here.  In fact, this week alone, we've had roughly 23 inches of snow.

It is times like this that I miss living in Florida.  Pretty, yes; but, definitely COLD!
Things that broke since I've written:
1.  The furnace
2.  The dishwasher

Not to worry, I had backup heat.  If you're ever in the market for a portable, efficient room heater, I highly recommend the Dyson hot+cool.  I have had other room heaters; my Dad even bought me a couple top of the line sorts a few years ago, but none of them have been able to heat up my 33'x16' living room to a comfortable warmth.  This not only does that, but it oscillates and heats my 12'x13' office as well.  The price tag is enough to hurt the wallet for a couple of months, but I'd say it is definitely worth saving up to get one.  I can keep the thermostat at a much lower level and use the Dyson for a few pennies per day (instead of the enormous sum that the natural gas company charges me to heat my house).  

Since I've been snowed in for most of the week, I've reviewed my seed order, read a pile of old Organic Gardening magazines, and finished knitting my mom's holiday gift:

This pattern is called Multnomah, by Kate Ray
The yarn is Stimpylab BFL Sock in "Ojai"
The noggin pictured belongs to my youngest kidlet

I'm hoping to squeeze my savings enough to swing an order of red raspberry canes (in addition to my seed potato order), but as of this moment, that remains on my wish list for this summer's garden.

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