Real Wood Furniture

There is a really big difference between real wood furniture and the pressed wood, laminate cheap stuff that everyone can buy at Target, Wal-Mart, IKEA and places like that. Real wood (like the goods home furnishings best furniture) is heavier and lasts a lot longer. It is easier to repair dings and scratches in real wood, and does not need much maintenance other than keeping it clean by dusting regularly. The only real drawback to real wood is that it can get mildew in it if kept in an area that is humid or damp, and if someone places a wet object on the wood and lets it sit there for a while, the finish will discolor.

I always get upset when someone sets a glass down on my dining room table without using a coaster, because I get a light colored ring on the table top from the condensation. I use tablecloths, place-mats and coasters, but some people ignore those and are just careless!

I wish I could leave the table uncovered and enjoy the beauty of the natural wood all the time, but over the years I have learned that it makes more sense to keep it covered with a pretty tablecloth to protect it from scratches and water rings.

The Manor House

Had a nice afternoon with Cabby as we walked around and through the manor house that he is renovating.  It is a large Georgian stone and clapboard home, perfect for dividing into four apartments or condos. The house is really run down and needs major upgrades to the plumbing and electrical systems.

Cabby has a lot of carpentry skills and has learned enough about wiring to do all the electrical stuff himself, although he has a good friend who is a licensed electrician who stops by and checks on his work. He was almost finished when I pointed out that this is the perfect time to pull all the telephone and cable wiring, too. Me and my big mouth! But it is true, to get all the wiring behind the sheetrock or in the ceilings, and he will set about doing that next week.

Then we have the plumbing to tackle. He was hoping Steph would take some courses and help with that, but Steph has other plans. So we don’t know who will be installed the new bathrooms. The old house had just one and that had to be torn out to accommodate the division into four separate units.

So we are about a month away from being ready for sheetrock. Cabby asked for my thoughts on the paint colors and carpet/flooring, so we’ll have to sit down and go over that later. And I have some ideas on the courtyard and gardens. This is very exciting now that it has a touch of reality to me rather than just some emails and chats online.

Remote Control Car Fanatic

One of the electricians that worked on our exhibit booth today was telling me about his interest in remote control cars. My son was really in to RC cars and trucks when he was a kid, and now that he has a son I can’t wait to share that hobby with him, too.

The electrician told me about a website, “Introduction to RC Cars for Beginners,” that I searched for in Google and easily found, then I bookmarked it this afternoon. The site is clean and easy to get around, with lots of pictures and good tips about RC cars. I can’t wait to tell my son about it.

cars to play with

Remote Control Cars

Living Downtown Has It’s Advantages

Really bad storms here tonight. The electricity has been flickering off and on, so I’m turning off the PC. OMG! Can I go the whole night without my Internet???

One of the good things about living downtown is that our electricty usually gets back on really fast. Our condo is on the same grid as the hospital. And if we ever need the fire department or an ambulance, they are just a couple blocks away!

Just wish we had more parking for our friends to come over. I know they don’t mind walking a couple blocks . . except like tonight when it’s pouring rain.

storms in the city

City Storms

Col. Mustard in the Conservatory

Remember the board game, Clue? I loved that game – we played it a lot as kids. The game pieces moved about a mansion, going from room to room looking for clues to the murder. One of the rooms is the conservatory. Now, to be honest, as a kid I had not been in many mansions and I had no idea what a conservatory is.

As a grown up, I am pleased to announce that I am sitting in a conservatory right this very moment. Surfing and blogging on my laptop via WiFi at the Bed and Breakfast I found.

And speaking of conservatories, I found a website of a company in Maryland that designs and produces conservatories. If you don’t know what a conservatory looks like, you can go to their website and take a look for yourself!

Turns out that a beautiful custom built conservatory cannot be delivered to the original client, so it has been donated to the Caroline County Historical Society. They are taking the donated conservatory to auction to find their conservatory a new home, so if you are interested you can probably get it at a very good price. And besides the opportunity to save a lot of money getting this at auction, the proceeds will go to charity.

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