Thursday, December 28, 2017

Unwrapping the past

As we go through boxes from our storage, we are finding some boxes that were wrapped up in 1999 and haven't been opened since. Unwrapping has been an opportunity to look back in time and see not only what's in the boxes, but what's shown on the newspaper we used for cushioning. We can see what's changed and what really hasn't. President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky were in the news, cell phones going hands-free was new, the coolest people had flip phones, and SUVs were just beginning to take hold. Who remembers Hollywood Video, The Good Guys, Radio Shack, or Cellular One? Who remembers being able to buy a (manufactured) home in Sunnyvale for $125,000? Such a long time ago but it also feels just like yesterday.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Makin' lemonade one rhinovirus at a time

That headline is as clever as I'm going to get today since I am recovering from the aforementioned rhinovirus or common cold. On the upswing, all is well. But! Today's lemonade moment was again seeing Bill's amazing woodworking in progress. I asked him for an action sequence and this is what he offered:

He is stripping the old paint off our house's original doors so that we can re-use these beauties. Solid wood, interesting grain, but a fair amount of work to prepare them for re-hanging. That's my boy's superhero identity, Eco Carpenter Man, always wanting to re-use beautiful stuff rather than buy new.