My contributions have been a bit
sparse of late, as I've been burning the candle at both ends
getting hardwood floors installed in the rest of the first floor
of the house, redecorating two rooms with combinations of paint,
wainscoting & cap molding, and crown molding, and working 10-12
hr days in the mines.
But this weekend broke the pattern
of the past month, taking me to the Western NY area for an
overnight visit and duty as auto transport driver to bring MIL
south for the winter season. Aside from seeing thousands
of ruptured / branch denuded trees from the freak snow storm in
that area last month, the highlights of the day were a) visiting
a very gracious Katsanis family for a little while, and seeing
what Esther saw last week, b) finding some nice artifacts that
might give joy to our Galoot souls in of all places, an anteek
maul, and c) seeing the first snow for this winter, even if it
just was heavy flurries.
Gary's daughter gave me the junior
grand tour of the Katsanis family's labor of love project, and
Esther is right - the moldings are impressive. Gary's
rolling scaffold suggests that he and love of his life have been
attempting to experience the agony of painting the Sistine
Chapel. The amount of work done, and yet to be done, is
equally impressive, and Gary et al's dedication and the
appreciation of his children, is commendable. It was a
short visit, but the next one should be longer.
As for the anteek maul finds ..
three graduated size (but the larger sizes)
cabinetmaker's turnscrews by W.H. Clay of Sheffield, in nice
condition for less as a group than I usually see asked for
just one, plus
a pristine Stanley (Yankee) 130A that needed a little
a Sargent 409 VBM that should clean up very nicely, as
it has no obvious dings, cracks, chips, or other unusual
abuse, just a sticky surfaced tote, a light scratch in the
sole, and some dark steel.
All for about what you'd expect to
pay for dinner for you and LOYL, had she been along. Not
hugely gloatable, but unexpected from a rest stop during a 10
A nice benefit of having been chauffer this year.