Category Archives: My Bungalow
Had to say goodbye yesterday…
..to one of my favorite furniture resale stores, Poor Ol’ Bob’s Gettin’ Place in Fairfield, Illinois. After ten years, they are going out of business. Bob and his wife Barb have such a flair for selecting pre-owned furniture and decor. Mostly gathered from estate sales in the St. Louis area, their inventory changed every week and you never knew what “I Can’t Live Without” piece of furniture you would find next. It definitely kept you on your toes for a good bargain and kept you coming back week after week.
While I was there picking up a piece of furniture I had purchased last year (more on this later), I had to buy one last thing for the road, so to speak.
Do you see it? It’s that big pop of ORANGE sitting on the table! Whatever is it? You can remove the top so it would be good for storage. What about to house remotes or paint it at Halloween? 🙂 I don’t know but it was unique enough for me to say “I gotta have it.”
Regardless, it is at home at Boyd Street now and will always be a reminder to me of the good shopping days at Poor Ol’ Bob’s Gettin’ Place.
Was it just about a month ago …
I was wishing for the taste of a homegrown garden tomato? Well, now I have tomatoes GALORE and am loving it. This year I only planted those nice big ones.. Big Boys and Better Boys.. where one slice will just about cover a sandwich. Nothing better than the distinctive taste of a ripe tomato, still warm from the sun, with a little salt and mayo on bread. Bacon and lettuce are nice but I like the simplicity of just the tomato.
The only problem is they are all getting ripe at the same time and am wondering what to do with all this homegrown produce. The weather is too hot to do much canning. I really need some easy solutions to save these rare treats.
Help me out here.. What is your favorite ways to use an abundance of tomatoes?
Heads up on some closeout placemats at KMart. After searching forever for some placemats for the new (old) white and wood farm table in my sun room with the green beachy theme, just happened to luck up on these at KMart. At thirty-nine cents each (originally $7.25 each), you can’t beat this deal and they are washable, too. Love the natural palette colors of tan, green, white and ocean blue! You can find them here.
Hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July!
Typical of a 1950’s ranch home, this old house came with a single carport which had been been converted into a room to have additional living space. Since it is next door to the kitchen, we’ve been using it as a part dining room and part TV room. It’s the room with many names but currently it is called the “sun room.” Recently added is a thrift store long wooden table with dark wood top and white legs. Since the room has little lighting, it really needed a light fixture for over the table. The room has a beach theme from our many trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Thus we picked a Lamps Plus chandelier (on closeout) with a somewhat nautical theme with its wrapped iron roping effect and 6- light chandelier arms. To complete the look, we purchased silk shantung shades from CSN Stores (5 of them were on clearance!).
Although the fixture was made to hardwire install, we chose to use a swag light kit so it could be plugged into the wall. Converting this was no easy job since electrical skills we lack. However, with the help of our friend John, super handyman and jack of all trades, we were able to have it installed in less than an hour.
It will take one more visit from John to get the light working properly since there is still an on-off switch to install on the wire. We also want to drape the chain to the corner and have it run down the wall to the outlet. Neither one of us had a ladder! Another hint for a great looking chandelier is to have a dimmer which we have ordered from Amazon. It’s just the type you plug in and convert any lamp to a dimming one!
All in all, we are very pleased with the results. The room is taking shape in bits and pieces and it will be a joy to show the total look as soon as it is finished!
Thanks to John and his daughter for helping me once again “make this old house a new home.”
Our tomatoes are finally coming on for the 2011 garden season here at Boyd Street Bungalow. Did a happy dance the other day when I finally saw them appearing! Aren’t they wonderful? We usually have our first red one to pick and eat by July 4th but we were late in planting this year because of all the bad weather and flooding in this area. All our six tomato plants are Better Boys or Big Boys which we had the most luck with last year.
That’s okay because we are still looking forward to our first “Mater” Sandwich of the year! Pass the knife, salt and mayo.. I’m ready!