January 31, 2018:


Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...


Friday, March 8, 2013

Yearning for a Round "Library" Table, Part 2

Hola darlings!  Thank Goddess it's finally Friday!  I don't care it's supposed to rain all weekend.  It's getting lighter and lighter earlier and earlier every day, and as of Daylight Savings Time switch an hour ahead on Sunday, the sun won't be going down until close to 7 p.m.!  Woo woo!  I already more peppy and energized. 

Guess what!  I bought my youngest sister's Queen Anne style console table last night (after I posted here) -- she gave it to me for my original ridiculously low offer price, even though I offered her 2x as much, which was probably a fair price (though she wouldn't get it on Craiglist or at a rummage sale).  I also had to tell her, regretfully, that I would not be able to use the lovely teal wing chairs after all, because they just won't "go" with the celedon, white and taupe color scheme I'm putting into the family room.  Those chairs will probably haunt me.  I've always liked them. 

But, with chairs or without, I found some lovely round tables - on a smaller scale than the traditional "library" or "hall" table, at many price points.  I kept to my decision to shop for smaller diameter tables (1) to fit into the space and (2) not look like a duplicate dinette table which is only a few feet away through a wide-open doorway!  My dining table is 56" diameter.  Let it be noted, though, that if I had a large enough space that was more closed off from the dinette, I wouldn't hesitate to shop for a round dining table to serve as my library table!  As it is, however, here are the smaller tables:

Table above -- Hooker Pedestal Accent Table in a "rustic" style/finish, found at Mathis Brothers.  Specs:

Width (side to side)30"
Height (bottom to top)25"
Depth (front to back)30"

It is priced at $349.95.  I like this table (1) for its styling and (2) for its finish.  Love the contrasting finish and the "country" or "shabby chic" look -- but it's not over-the-top.  This table's lines are elegant!  Its finish would relate to the new color scheme that will be in my family room and its lines, as well as its finish, are different enough from my near-by dining table in the dinette as to not make one blink about two round tables in relatively close proximity.  

I found the table above at Wayfair. Isn't she pretty!  I love the classic lines and the two-tone finish accented in gold.  Tres Napoleonic Directoire!  It is the Stein World Pedestal End Table 11404 and is priced at $359.99.  Specs:  31" H x 32" W x 32" D.  As a practical matter, I will probably own my black finished with gold brass trim entertainment center for many more years, and this table's finish is a lovely bridge between the black and wood-tone elements I've got going on in both my family room and the dinining area.  The pedestal design also somewhat echos the pedestal design on my dining table, without being in any way a copy.  It would fit beautifully -- and I also like that it is 6" taller than the Hooker table, and a wee bit wider, as well (2").

What can I say about the beautiful table above?  It is a reproduction of a Round Regency Pedestal Table from Scully and Scully, selling for $2,950.  It is a much larger diameter table than my other chosen tables -- it's 44" diameter and 30" tall, mahogany, its top and edge of slip-matched swirl mahogany veneers, and made in America to boot!  What's not to love?  Oh, if only I had unlimited wealth and a larger space.  Look at that finish, and the design is just exquisite. 

I found the table above at Overstock.com.  Its the Kalepso Table made in Indonesia by native craftsmen -- handmade, hand-finished.  Each table is slightly different.  She's a beauty, isn't she! Love that center "crown" underneath the center of the table, lots of sexy curves too and no MDF used.  She is priced right now at $179.99.  Specs: 

Dimensions:  28 in. dia. x 28 in. H
Materials:  Indonesian hardwood
Model No:  MJ709 
This table is the smallest in diameter of the tables featured above (but not the shortest), but she is so lovely, and that price, just amazing, actually, considering she is entirely hand made and one of a kind, made to specs but when one is dealing with hand-made, well, hand-made things don't always measure up to machine-made specs!  The trade-off is the price versus those extra inches to hold a lamp, and some books, and still have room to set down a drink. 

Oh, I don't know, I don't know.  Maybe I could buy one of the under $1,000 tables with part of my income tax refund -- but I seriously need to put money aside for a new roof and don't need to be buying ANYTHING right now, not even replacing my worn-out slide-ons.  And then there is the issue of the over-large (queen size) sofa sleeper that I really like, and the matchy Chippendale style wing chair, also too large for the space (realistically), and the 1986 entertainment center -- and I'm reading way the hell too many blogs and being pulled in way the hell too many different directions design wise!  I need to go eat a baked potato right now, I think. 

I need to attend to my P's and Q's first, and get the rest of the wallpaper removed, the walls primed, the drywall damage fixed, and THEN everything painted, including the woodwork. The new curtain rods installed, bookcases -- what on earth am I going to do with those bookcases?  EEK!  May be finished right around January 1, 2018, which is my target retirement date. 

Okay, now I'm thinking about my study.  Maybe I've been cursed...

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