Wednesday, October 10, 2007

More Birds and Bathrooms,

Here are the promised pictures of the New Chandelier and the Ugly Bathroom. And as a Bonus Feature, here at the Blog today, the Wee Little Owl. Read the whole story here on our Hot Birdchick's Blog . Sharon also has a book coming out soon, which we are very excited about called " Disapproving Rabbits " , more on that as it gets closer. Party at Dreamhaven for the release on November 2nd, with music at Charlie's after. I've seen an advance copy and laughed SO hard, wonderfully done it is.

Can this be my Kitchen??? Oh yes, the chandelier was MEANT to be in my kitchen. All kitchens should be so elegant.

Here it is, The Ugly Shower!!!!!

Let there be light...NOT!!! They are SO out of there....And your little wallpaper too!!

And finally, the very cool bath tub , which is not so good for taking bathes. I do love it, it's lovely and old, but I do so want laundry up there, near the bedrooms, and as you can see, it is now being used as a planter. Those pots of plants, by the way, Malena made for me last year, and yes, they are still alive. ( Tho Freaky Venus Seaweed does her best )

Sharon and I spent the afternoon ripping out the Evil Buckthorn from the woods, where is seems determind to try and take over. ( The world most likely, this stuff is insidious ) So I will park myself on the couch with ginger tea and a fire and try and stay awake until , oh, at this rate nine or so. ( tho the hot tub doesn't sound like a bad idea either, the Evil Buckthorn resisted us strongly )

Love and Hot Water,


At 8:04 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

Miss Lorraine, you have wonderful tatse! Your home looks enchanting!

At 12:06 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

I love your kitchen. Just beautiful. Thanks for the pix.

It is true that I actually like (tasteful) stain-glass light fixtures and I don't really mind that one, (it is certainly better than the glass-jar-light in my hallway AND the horrifying plastic thing over my sink), but I can see how a brassy one like that REALLY doesn't work in a nice bathroom....and I completely agree, the wallpaper must go.

Hmmm, it is an ugly shower. I don't have a separate shower, and I am just renting, but I think the crack in the wall beside my tub/shower is definitely more frightening than that. I had to use a LOT of gummy caulking stuff to patch up the holes in my medicine cabinet. The smoky air from apartments up to two levels below kept creeping up inside the walls and out through the holes in the medicine cabinet (it remains very ugly).

However strange it is, sometimes I think the best feature of my apartment building is that it is like living in a real spook house... and not the cool Malena kind-of-haunted-house. I mean, real, giant living spiders hanging in the entrance way (always). Cobwebs that have been growing for DECADES (I kid you not) and those that span entire hallways... *lengthwise*, terrifying gaps in the roof (like where my bathroom fan cover should be and directly over my basement storage unit)... and an extremely strange manager somewhere between his 70s and his 90s who once turned to me and hailed me as hitler COMPLETELY OUT OF THE BLUE (I was left absolutely speechless and clueless and haven't brought it up since then).

but perhaps the VERY best feature of my apartment is the museum of dead bugs we are growing in the hallway, for a good year we had a ladybug exhibit when I moved in. Currently we are showing a (seemingly) permanent display of a dried slug (came from the deck and dried up halfway down the second landing to the next floor), a mummified woodbug (hanging in the stairwell) and as many dead spiders as you can find (and it is NOT hard to find dead spiders in this place).

Generally, I get along with the (incredibly enormous) spider population and the little ones get to live out their harmless lives whereever the cat won't find them, but I am less pleased with the gigantic wood-spiders (or wolf-spiders, depending on who you talk to) that make their home, for example, beside my sink (like last week). These I export, I take them blocks away in a box and then let them free, otherwise they just come back (angry, I would think).

The owl is adorable. Really Nice pic.

(sorry for the rant)

At 4:14 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Thanks for posting the owl again. We can't have enough owls around the internet.
And here's a owl one (sorry. It was beyond my control I'm having one of these days).

What are the little creatures hanging from the chandelier? I tried getting the bigger picture but they are blurred...

Rubius, that spook house makes the strangest story ever.

At 7:43 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Rubius, I feel for you, but am laughing!!!!

The little hanging things are called " Krinkles " I found them in a shop the other day and thought they would be fun..Here's a site:

At 8:02 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

oh, I should clarify, this is the best apartment I have ever found, so I am not complaining. It is on the top floor, it's cheap, the *really* wierd manager likes me more than most, and the abundance of spiders got me firmly over my pervasive fear of spiders and handling them.

I burst into maniacal laughter yesterday while entering the building because I realized we really didn't need to decorate for halloween, we already have creepy cobwebs and spiders hanging all over.

At 6:36 PM , Blogger Mary said...

rubius, that is the best apartment story ever.

Lorraine, the kitchen chandelier is wonderful, the tub is grand (sad that it's not a good bathing tub) and the other stuff is frou.
I heartily approve of ousting it. Hurrah for you- eradicator of Noxious Frou Frou and Evil Buckthorn.

I did some of the volunteer mass buckthorn-ridding around the lakes here and it kicked our collective asses.

Go for the hot tub.

At 8:28 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Buckthorn is NOT our friend.

At 8:10 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

HA! I knew I could out-ugly you in the bath department.. 70s ugly is its own special kind of hideous. You've got 80s ugly. I used to have florescent bulbs in there but hated them so much I taught myself how to do some electric and put something less ugly in there.

I put a chandelier in our kitchen (I moved it from the no-longer-here dining room) and really like it.

I swear we had a relative of your wallpaper in one of the bedrooms. It's gone now. Maybe they can have a reunion in the great wallpaper beyond?

I'm tempted to add wheels to your tub and just tow the thing home. ;-)

At 12:47 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It will be for sale come March, somewhere between $800 and $1200.....


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