My Belding-Hall Century Refrigerator was built in a town not far from where I live, by a company that was the forerunner of the Gibson Refrigerator Company. I’m only its second owner, can you believe that! The first owner abused it, though, after they got an electric refrigerator thus the need to be refinished. Before Don’s stroke I had taken it apart, intending to refinish it myself but that’s all the farther I got. I’m absolutely thrilled that it will finally get upgraded from the garage to my dining area. I always thought it would be fun to keep cold drinks in that ice box during a party---it holds a 75 pound block of ice---and I may do that if I ever have a party again. But I’m planning to keep pressed glass serving dishes inside, downsized from those I keep in the Hoosier. On top I’ll set my antique malt maker and my blue fruit jars the hold my marble collection. The suitcase in the photo below, by the way, is what my grandfather carried all his possessions in when he immigrated to America from Italy.
This week I'm framing some prints I recently bought for the condo I haven’t bought yet. I know, I know, I’m putting the cart before the horse. But it helps me with downsizing decisions to visualize what my next reincarnated space will look like. Besides that, Don had some prints in frames that I don’t want to keep and with the price of framing so high, I will use the ones I already own by swapping out Don’s prints for my new ones. This week I also had a 10% off coupon to a framing shop so I decided I’d take in a drawing I did decades ago of my mom reading to my niece. I wanted to swap it out of its poster frame and into another frame I have. All I’d need was a mat and foam backer. I could not believe they wanted $140 for that little job! With the coupon. I didn’t leave it.
My next stop will be at the art supply store. They sell mat boards and maybe---just maybe---they cut them as well. If not, I may reteach myself the craft. I used to be do it all the time and still have the equipment. I could go through a lot of mat boards, trying to get it right for $140. Yes, this in yet another example of putting the horse before the cart. But after an entire summer of making tough widow-related downsizing decisions I needed something fun to keep me on track. Besides, if I end up not moving, I’ve decided a major redecorating project will be in order. What I have now is a blending of tastes and possessions and eventually a widow has to claim those jointly created and blended spaces for herself. This week's project is the library. I took so many of Don's books to the auction house this summer that I had gaping holes on my shelves. One whole wall of books is now officially reorganized and looking great and the other wall will be done by the end of the week.
|my new prints|
|my grandfather's settee|