Thursday, April 28, 2011

ah, the fresh smell of new...

FURNITURE! We bought a sectional couch with a chaise lounge and a dining room set and it was delivered last week. I've always had hand-me-down furniture from family and friends and that has worked out great over the years, but it was really fun to pick out something completely new.

If you look past the large dog in the middle of our living room, you can see the new couch.

Here's a better view. Chachi likes his corner of our other couch. We are waiting on the new rug we ordered which will go here with the seating area.

The dining room table is counter-height, and we got four chairs and a bench seat (seating for six). The table has a leaf that folds out from inside the table, making it a large square.

Now that we have this new furniture, it's hard not to want a new coffee table and end tables, new lamps.... I do want to get some bright throw pillow and paint the living room. (I should say Shannon and his cousin will paint and I will supervise). 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

the typewriter

Earlier this week, it was reported that Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co., the "world's last typewriter manufacturer" is closing and has only 500 typewriters left. That report prompted Swintec, a New Jersey-based typewriter company to jump in and say that, "We are a typewriter company, and we are alive and doing very well."

So what perfect timing when I was out walking around town this week and noticed this ornamental sign on a building along Dearborn Street.
The Oliver Typewriter Company produced more than one million typewriters between 1895 and 1928. The company liquidated and its assets were purchased by a group of investors who formed The British Oliver Typewriter Company. The last Oliver typewriter was produced in 1959. [Source: Wikipedia]

Photo credit: Me. My Blackberry.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

edible orchids


Last month when Shannon's family was in town, we had drinks at the ROOF on the Wit. The view of the city is wonderful. I thought the drinks presentation was *almost*  too pretty to actually drink. The orchid is edible, I ate it to see what it is like. Mostly leafy/grass taste. I thought it might be more sweet.

Photo Credit: Me. Panasonic Lumix.