new coffee table

I keep forgetting to blog about this! Bad me!

But a few weeks ago, I was sitting here contemplating taking a nap and just happened to pop on Twitter in time to see two pals were giving up their coffee table. I asked for specs, and they brought it to me. It looks terrific in my living room and really made a difference in how the room looks.

Miss Kitty finally got over her fear of walking across it – even though both of my end tables are glass-topped. I think the ginormous drawer in the coffee table was throwing her off. Or something. She is a calico, after all.

I keep joking (not really – it needs to happen) that I need to get rid of Preston’s armchair and get him a new/newer one. I need a new/newer entertainment center / tv stand, too. The one we have is falling apart. It’s age really shows, and we lost the hutch that goes on it when we moved from Richmond Road to Tates Creek five years ago.

I moved the old coffee table over in front of the patio door and brought my plants inside. I have one pathos, one lily, and two geraniums on the table. The other pathos, which is huge now, is in his pot on the floor. (my other pathos, Charlie, is still at Kathy’s waiting to be brought home)

It looks really nice in here.

meet charlie

I let Kathy take Charlie home with her either not long after we moved here in September 2008 or around the time of the ice storm the following January 2009. I’ve had Charlie since I lived in Richmond from 1992 to 1995 – I’m not sure exactly when I bought him, but he lived in the bathroom in my Village Square apartment. When I moved out, I had to throw 98% of him away. He’d grown around and around and around the bathroom from his pot on the top of the toilet tank. He thrived in Harlan County from 1995 to 1999. He lived with us on Richmond Road and came with us to Tates Creek in 2005. By the time Kathy took him, I pretty much had decided that he had just come to the end of his life and it was time to let him go. He was down to three or four tiny leaves and lived in a tiny pot.

Well, earlier this afternoon, Kathy snapped this picture with her cell phone and sent it to me. I didn’t recognize Charlie! I hope to bring him back home soon.

Does anybody know how long these plants live with proper love and care? I have two out on the patio that have pieces of variegated that belonged to Mommy that I got clippings of when she passed away in July 2000. I have no idea how long she had had them. But I hope to have them just as long as I’ve had Charlie.

ETA: I’ve been corrected. He’s a pothos, not a philodendron.

suitcasing

Is there anyway to ‘clean’ the inside of a suitcase? Aside from wiping it out with a damp cloth (with anything on it??)? Other than just letting it sit open somewhere to air out? I’ve not used my big suitcase since 2002…:sigh: For the record, it’s vinyl on the inside and fabric on the outside. I’m not so much worried about the outside as I am the inside. (I can take the handvac to the outside ;))

Spring Clean?

I feel good! I accomplished STUFF today. It was 60*, so I threw open all the upstairs windows – yeah, all three of them ROFL – and aired out the house. I’d have opened the patio door downstairs, but Grey Lady was already Spring-Bonkers enough without the added temptation of the looming patio. 😉

I washed and papered my four tiny kitchen drawers – which means a ton of junk got gone through and thrown out, too. I also cleaned, papered and reorganized the shelves/cabinet over the stove. I cleaned out the space under the kitchen sink and was going to paper it until I had a brainstorm and called the office. Brenda is going to have maintenance cut me a new piece of plywood; I told her to tell them it doesn’t need painted, just sanded smooth. I’ll paper it when it’s installed. The one that’s down there now is thin, old and saggy. A new one will be real nice.

I also hung up the new plastic shower curtain, so the upstairs bathroom smells like new plastic. YUCK. I’ll have to burn some incense in there or something. Maybe it’ll tone down after we shower tomorrow. I hope.