Leaded Transom Installed In Entry Vestibule

All the way back in early January, I posted for the first time about the salvaged windows we were intending to use in our new old farmhouse.  You can see them in their original state here.  There is a pair of square-ish windows for use in one of the rooms and this large, horizontal-oriented transom that was destined to go in our front hall vestibule.

In early March, I shared a photo of some of the window sashes that were removed.  We dropped them off at Drebohl Art Glass in Chicago to be fixed and preserved.  As part of that process, we had our builder strip the sashes off all three, sand them down to be smooth and then prime them with a white primer before bringing them back to the guys at Drebohl Art Glass for the final assembly.

As the house progress continues, one of the trades that is moving along is the trim carpenter.  We didn't want these windows just laying around the jobsite because of their delicate state, so as part of his work, he moved ahead with installing the tra…

Tokyo Disneyland Pin

Last week, I posted a photo of the Tokyo DisneySea pin that I picked up on my trip there for one of the girl's collection.  Today, here's the companion Tokyo Disneyland pin for the other girl.  They're very close in terms of looks and this was, as far as I could tell the only version of the park-centric pins that were available.  (at least in the store I was in at DisneySea)

The cards on these are plastic, so that's a big difference between these Tokyo Disney pins and the domestic ones sold in the US parks.  Also, the backs are quite different as each of these has the specific park listed on the backs, which is kind of neat.  I bought another pin (non-park-specific) and that back is different than these, so I'm thinking that the park-specific ones have their own stamped backs.

Asahi Super "Dry" Beer

Despite Beer Advocate giving this Asahi Super "Dry" a 'poor' rating, I found it quite drinkable at the various dinners and evening activities that we took on during my stay in Tokyo and Nagoya.  When we weren't drinking sake, I defaulted to beer and more often than not, it seemed that this Asahi Super "Dry" was amongst the beers available.

Tile Install - New Old Farmhouse Bathroom

The last update on our #NewOldFarmhouse showed off the drywall being hung and finished back a week or so ago.  Today, I'm sharing a few photos of the tile work being done in an upstairs bathroom that I think is coming together really nicely.  Nat has been the champion behind all of the design selections and she's done a really great job on all of it - including the tile.

This bathroom has a retro-vibe to it and she's using 'penny tiles' that from this distance look a bit like hexagon tiles, but are all circles.  We had a hexagon tile bathroom floor in our last house, so I'm inclined to love the look, but in this one, she went in a little different direction by introducing a custom border around the room.  In the photo at the top, you can see the section that the tile guy is working on.  In that spot will be the pattern he's been building below.  If you look closely at the photo above, you can see a printout of the tile pattern right above the tile guy'…

Cherry Blossoms - Tokyo In Bloom

My trip to Tokyo was timed perfectly - in terms of seeing the famed Cherry Blossom trees in all their glory.  If you have ready anything about them this year, there was concern that they were emerging 'early' - officially - five days earlier than average.  Here in Illinois, we have our little 'blossom season' going on with the widely planted Cleveland Pear tree.  They're the trees that are blooming white flowers like crazy all over the suburbs.  They're a common tree planted in the front of new houses and in parkways and along parking lots.  They grow in a tight area and they are quite show-y during this period of time.  We had a Cleveland Select Pear tree in the front yard our old house and I loved it.  Loved it so much that I bought a few more.  (And we've included one in our plan for the new place.)

But, back to these Cherry Blossoms.  We don't live in Seattle or DC - where these things are present.  So, I haven't really experienced 'blossom…

Tokyo DisneySea Pin

Over the weekend, I posted some photos from my visit to Tokyo DisneySea that showed off the Easter decorations and a bunch of the Easter-related merchandise available in the stores at both DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland.  I bought a bunch of that Easter stuff, but I also picked up some other items including, of course, some pins.

I ended up getting a pin for Tokyo DisneySea the park itself as one of them.  You can see that pin above.  Once we get our pin boards out, this will join its brethren in the 'places' section that mostly features Resorts/hotels like the Contemporary pin in posted at the beginning of April or the holiday-themed resort pins we picked up on our 2015 Christmas trip.  This might be the first park-specific pin that we've bought, although I believe we've traded for some park-specific pins over time.

You can see the full post archives of various Disney pins here on the blog and once we get the pin boards and full pin sets out of storage, I'll tr…

Hosta Venusta - Emerging 2017

This is the third in a series of posts showing off the foster-care plants that we planted in Nat's Mom's garden over the past few years that she has helped care for while we've been without a yard of our own.  First was the post and photo of the giant hosta that came up for the second year.  Then, yesterday, I posted about the peonies that look to be re-established after a rough first year.

Today, you'll have to look hard at the photo above, but the green shoots sticking out amongst the scattered, dried Bald Cypress leaves/needles, are from our Hosta Venusta.  Last year, at the Elmhurst Garden Club Plant Sale, I picked up a fern and this miniature hosta.  It is billed as being one of the very few miniature hosta varieties that can actually be planted directly in the ground and come back each year.  I've had other miniature hostas before and they've never survived year-over-year - either in the ground or even in a pot that I brought inside our (unheated garage)…