How did it get to be Wednesday already? We headed out for our usual Wednesday breakfast. We went to Spot. Our very favorite breakfast place, Coffee Planet, closed a couple weeks ago. They have another location, but it seems there just are too many coffee places to make it in this town. Or there could be another reason, who knows. I am sad, though. So, Spot it was.
It would have been nice to walk, but it was 3 degrees out and the sidewalks are horribly icy for a lot of the walk. Just not safe. It got a little warm and water flowed on the sidewalks and now it is frozen to a glaze of ice (not to mention those that haven’t cleared the walks yet… ). Probably be that way for a while, too. I miss that walking.
I have to say I am in an exercise slump a bit. I ride the bike at home. My gym membership is expiring shortly and I don’t know if I want to renew it or get a treadmill at home. I can lift weights at home, just not as heavy, but then I also don’t have to actually go there, which is kind of nice. It’s not like I do a ton of socializing at the gym anyway. It’s this bitter cold, I think.
Anyway, I have been a busy bee lately with home stuff, work stuff and life in general. My latest find in bargain hunting:
This trunk dates from 1890 to 1920. The hardware patent on it is July of 1889. It is so cool to see something so old. I picked it up off Craig’s list for $40 and it is in terrific shape. It has all of its original trays inside, too.
I spoke with HMS Antique Trunks about how to go about sprucing it up without totally changing the trunk. Did you know there are businesses out there dedictated solely to restoring trunks? There is a niche for everything! I was told to use a toothbrush and some 409 and go over the trunk, and then use tung oil. If I want later I can always do more work, but you can’t take away stuff you do. I will be lining the inside with some new cloth, but that is a project for another day once I finish the middle bedroom!
I do have to say that I kind of fell in love with the look of it.
This picture actually looks cool 🙂 . I want a trunk for a coffee table, but this particular one is ever so slightly curved, which isn’t good for a table top. This one is probably going to be used in my practice room for holding music and stuff. Or I might sell it once I fix it up a bit.
John and I looked at it and wondered where it has traveled over the years. What stories this trunk could probably tell. It’s not a super antique, but a good example of a piece of American history!