|Lee Ann, Kathleen, Mike, and Marilyn meet at Shelbina's Senior Center
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
|The size & etched glass are perfect (with work)
|Lovely old hinges & knobs
|Latch to allow access
Thursday, December 13, 2012
|MY FAVORITE ORNAMENT PEEKING AROUND THE TREE
|This year seemed special as we decorated for Christmas. Lights and ornaments went on the tree, candles (about 75) were placed in the windows, and the Belvedere got its own tree at the top of the house. While lighting the tree and seeing the reflections in the large pier mirrors of the parlor, I kept thinking of the joy that this room had brought young Charles Magruder. He was Sonny or Chuck to most people and nice to all. His partner, Valerie Shondel, told me of how he would reflect back to his childhood joy at descending the grand staircase and entering the parlor. The tree, reflections, decorations, and memories stayed with him forever. Thank you Valerie for bringing a special joy to our Christmas with your story of Chuck. Christmas is a time to share with everyone past and present In this way, Sonny can be with us each Christmas season.
|Sonny's first view
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
|Mansion Mike's Stocking
Well, I didn't think my wife read these blogs. There is a certain complacency with time in relationships, but she certainly read the one about "Greed". It was pointed out to me that the "big" stockings were Mike's. Also, it was pointed out that she did most of the filling, while I did most of the emptying (especially if it was edible). And, Santa doesn't complain about the work near as much as me. Since this was all true, I agreed to post this retraction and get my butt back up the stairs to the ballroom for another box of decorations!
Santa may put MY candy in the "chamber pot" to the lower left of the fireplace if I don't change my ways!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|Stockings are on the way
|Our favorite winter room - southeast
|FRANKLIN STOVE or FURNACE ?????
Friday, December 7, 2012
|"Big Wally's" sounds like a candy bar
|FOREVER! That's a long time.
Marilyn and I were at an estate sale when a friend asked us if we had seen the rare cast iron vent cover. I had, but did not know what it was! It looked like a an iron plate with a lot of holes. He then showed us how the center would rotate for removal. Then you could install the vent pipe through the hole. It looked like it had never been used. We immediately knew where it would fit into the mansion - the master bedroom! There is a vent hole high above the fireplace and we had been searching for just the right cover. There are hundreds of painted covers available, but we had not found just the right cover for this room. Marilyn and I immediately did a google search to learn about this form of vent and found very little. Quickly we searched for a company that might supply these vents so that we could determine how high to bid at the auction. No luck for this search either. I had to go to work, but Marilyn stayed and had her hand waving in the air like a young girl meeting her boyfriend at the train station. Excitedly, she then text me with the news. I know, it sounds like parents talking about their kid's making the honor roll. Well, that is the way we feel.