Monday, April 16, 2018

Crushing On: Old Books

One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my grandfather's lap in his big old rocking chair and reading books together. As soon as we'd finish the book, I'd immediately want to start it over again. I couldn't get enough!

I still consume books voraciously as an adult, and even when I'm not in the middle of a good read, I just love books. Especially old ones! I love the smell, the way their covers feel, the weight of the paper, and if I can find ones with heartfelt inscriptions in the covers, that's a special bonus. I like the idea of being close to that special piece of history that meant so much to someone decades before.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Crushing On: Clocks

Keeping time has been of interest to people throughout history, and the inventions to manage this activity are every bit as fascinating as history that accompanies them. Among others, there were sundials, hourglasses, clocks that kept time with dripping water and even burning candles. It's hard to believe that the pendulum clock that we're most familiar with wasn't even invented until 1656, and it was used as the most accurate timekeeping device until the 1930s!

What I love most about vintage and antique clocks is learning about their past. Collecting these pieces of history is something I enjoy because it's not only beautiful, but it's also a humbling way to stay connected to our roots. If you love clocks as much as I do, here are several ideas for how to style them into your home decor.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Collecting Westclox Clocks

About twenty years ago, I had a part-time job in college working at an upholstery fabric and foam manufacturing company; the same company where my grandfather had worked until retirement. My job was primarily to make phone calls to small 'mom & pop' upholstery shops all around the state and check on their supply needs. I also covered the front desk and sales floor during the lunch hour of the salesman, and one day something especially memorable happened.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Quick & Easy Fried Rice

On any given weekday, you will find me eating the exact same salad for lunch day after day after day. I really don't mind the routine, and it simplifies my already busy schedule. But every once in a while, I just want something different.
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