Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Apple Crate

Apple Crate

I have been putting off and putting off and putting off cleaning out the closet in my spare room. The bad weather and cabin fever finally got to me, though. I pulled everything out of the closet, put shelves in it, sorted ALL THE THINGS, and put them back neatly, in labeled boxes. Now, I can actually get to things, whereas before, whatever I needed to get to was sure to be in the bottom box in the very back corner.

In the process, I came across an old apple crate. It still has most of the label attached to one end.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Little Black Dog in the Snow



It snowed. Then it snowed some more. Then I shoveled the patio. And then it rained. We do not like rain, so we spent our day looking out the patio window and sighing heavily.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Basil in Snow

Basil in Snow

The winter that had no end.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Song of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Comet 67P on 9 February 2015 - NAVCAM
Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

From: Rosetta Blog

Not only did we puny humans land a probe on a freaking comet, but we also recorded it singing the song of its people.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Poem

Camera Roll-146

A better mess
A perfect cyclone
tendril climbing from
the mother cloud
to lick
the salt
of a slow lazy dream

Sunday, February 08, 2015




The person who stripped and painted it the first time didn't remove the hardware for stripping, so why would they bother to do so before painting? The brasses are slopped with green and cream paint. I boiled them in water, then scrubbed away the paint with a toothbrush, then gently buffed them with #000 steel wool. I didn't want to remove all the patina.




After a coat of linseed oil. One coat every day for a week, then one coat every week for a month, then apply another coat once a year or so. This wood is so maltreated, though, that it may need more than a week's worth of intensive treatment. We'll see!

Scraping and Sanding



You can see in the second photo where the drawer pulls were, as well as all the scratches made by the person who originally stripped the piece.





These are too deep to sand out. I'm not even going to try to get the rest of the paint out of them, because I don't have the patience or the motivation. They are honest scars.

Bubble, Bubble



A Couple of Handy Tips


Those stupid fake credit cards that come in the mail make great paint spreaders. Every arty-crafty person knows that. They also work really well for spreading stripper. Much better than a brush.


A dry, hard kitchen sponge makes just about the best sanding block EVAR.

The more you know...



Missing trim

More missing trim

Cat scratches (My cats did not do that.)

Paint job (I did not do that!)

Paint job

I got this dresser from a coworker a couple of years ago. I've been meaning to re-finish it or paint it or do something with it, because A) the colors are kind of awful and not something I'd choose, B) the paint job is kind of awful and not something I'd do, and C) it's got a lot of damage.

I finally got around to starting on it this weekend. I thought I'd strip the top and maybe the drawer fronts, then paint the body, since there was so much trim that was damaged and missing. Once I got some of the paint off, though, I realized that it had been stripped before, then re-painted. The person who stripped it the first time did not remove the knobs, so they left paint under them. (And paint on them, because they also didn't remove them when they re-painted it.) Worse, though, they scratched the living hell out of it. I'm assuming the deep gouges were from rough living, but the lighter scratches I found were clearly made by someone who stripped the piece and had not one single clue what they were doing.

Basically, it's a hot mess. I'm not sure what I'll do with it. Right now, the plan is to finish stripping the drawer fronts and maybe the sides, oil them with linseed oil, and paint the body. I'll just live with the scratches. Of course, I may change my mind tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I Call Shenanigans



So I ordered this cute, reflective, PINK harness for Franny, from Amazon. It said right on the damn item description that it is sold by and ships from Amazon.com. So why the hell is it shipping from China? And if that's legit, WHY don't they indicate on the item page that it's not shipping from within the US?

Shenanigans. I call them.

Pretzel Pelvi

Pretzel Pelvis #food #snacks #pretzels

A photo posted by @ellypdq on

These things. I just don't even.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Things That Are Orange

Sunrise Over Wright Quad
Sunrise Over Wright Quad

My Darling Clementine

Clementines exist to remind us that winter cannot last forever.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Esther's Senior Yearbook Photo

Esther Munro
Artubus, Indiana University, 1923

I've got a couple of photos of Esther, but not many. This is actually quite lovely in an unfussy kind of way. She was, I think, an unfussy kind of woman.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day

It's supposed to be 50F today. And I don't want to jinx anything, but when I got to work this morning, it was 74F on my floor. HUZZAH! It was warm at work yesterday, too, and I'll be damned if people weren't complaining about it.