Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NOT YOUR AVERAGE LITTLE RED WAGON...









We interrupt
 our regularly scheduled broadcast
 to bring you this bulletin just in...

It is raining here at 8:30 am...

No, wait...




...it is snowing here at 10:00 am.






It started raining sometime
 while we were all tucked in bed 
and continued throughout the night
 and into the morning
 as the Captain was walking the dogs.


As we left the shelter around 10:00
 it started snowing 
and by the time we...




...stopped at Starbucks
 it was sticking.






When we arrived home
 this is what the front yard 
and the roof looked like.





View out of the parlor bay window.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...





This is our No. 4 Roller Bearing
 Auto-Wheel Coaster wagon
 made by the Buffalo Sled Company,
 North Tonawanda, New York,
 in the early 1900's.






We traded this wagon 
around 45 years ago
 from an antiques dealer. 
 He asked the Captain to do some repair work for him
 and said he would trade us the wagon
 because he thought it was made
 out of pine and didn't want it.
 As it turned out the wagon
is made out of oak.

 Since that time
 it has been in use as our resident
 living room coffee table.
  It has seen a few transformations over time as to its appearance,
 and has always remained a subject of interest
 for all who see it.




All information and advertisements provided by Google, courtesy of the North Tonawanda History Museum.


The Buffalo Sled Company 
began operations in 1889 in Buffalo, New York
 and later moved to North Tonawanda, New York in 1904. 
 The company remained in operation at that site
 until a fire in 1920
 destroyed the wheel department and storehouses.
  They rebuilt and remained in business
 until filing bankruptcy in 1964. 
 In 1965, the company was operating 
under the name Auto Wheel Industries, 
and another fire in 1972,
 considered the worst in the city's history, demolished the building
 along with seven homes. 
 A preliminary investigation supported the theory 
that the fire was intentionally started.







The Auto Wheel Coaster Company 
was known through its entire 60 years of operation
 for its superior quality. 
 They made all of their products by hand
 and, for this reason, 
they eventually went out of business.





During it's lifetime the company sponsored many contests...






...and pictured many children
 having fun with the products.
  
Wagons were described as providing
three full seasons a year
 of boyish fun on four steel-tired,
 wooden-spoked wheels
 so like those on automobiles of the day
 that they gave the wagon its name...
A boy without an Auto-Wheel Coaster
 in those days
 couldn't have really lived.





...and did you notice 
that it is only marketed
 to the 'boys'?






I have always wondered
 how our wagon was used,
 how many little hands pulled it along
 by that handle, 
and could it have been a prize
 that was won in a contest...





...this is one wagon
 that was not won in a contest. 
 This one was hand made by my dad. 
 He made it out of an old wooden box
 and wheels
 for his dog, Brownie, to pull.
  Here they both are shown,
 probably around 1920. 
 I wish I could say
 that I had the wagon now.


I mentioned before 
that our wagon has gone through some transformations
 over the years.






It was just a plain wagon 
when we purchased it 
and we used it as a coffee table,
 holding magazines and the occasional jug of flowers. 
 It collected more magazines
 then we had first intended 
plus crumbs from various snacks...






...so we added 
a piece of glass on top
 and that seemed to collect mostly fingerprints 
so for use in the new 
'work in progress' sitting room, 
the Captain added a top
 of left over wainscotting
 that was used in another project
 at the Cottage.






I love how it turned out. 
 It looks like it was made for the wagon
 and reminds me
 of an old luggage transporter
 awaiting duty at
 the train depot.

I can't wait until it is ready for the reveal...




...just a small hint...stay tuned.



...Judy...





By the time I finished this post...






...look at the poor lilacs,


But,
 I'm not complaining.


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Saturday, April 4, 2015

HAPPY EASTER...







I got a chocolate rabbit
For an Easter treat,





A great big chocolate rabbit
Good enough to eat.





So I ate his ears on Sunday,
His nose I finished Monday.
Tuesday I nibbled on his feet.




I ate his tail on Wednesday
Thursday I kept on,
By Friday he was going,






Saturday he was gone.




Oh, I loved my chocolate rabbit
From the moment that he came,




And if I get another one,
I'll love him just the same.

Author Unknown









A BLESSED EASTER TO EVERYONE...

...Judy...












Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WONDERFUL WEEKEND WANDERINGS...







It was a beautiful weekend.
  The lilacs and the Lady Banks roses
 are brightly
 gracing the garden and...




...we drove down to Santa Cruz
 and the kids took us out
 to a delicious dinner 
and treated us to a basketball game,
 all in honor of
 the Captain's birthday.




Santa Cruz is home 
to the D league of 
the San Francisco Warriors. 
 They have erected a structure which,
 from the outside, 
looks like a huge tent,
 but on the inside
 has the appearance of a big league stadium
 with all the amenities
 that you would expect 
associated with the NBA.

  Most people are season ticket holders
 so it is like a community of friends
 that come together with each game. 
 Even the dog 
pictured above
 is a big fan.





Our new sofa was delivered
 and it is everything 
I had hoped it would be. 
 The color is perfect
 and it is very comfortable...





...are you old enough to remember
 that comfortable object 
that you and your family sat on
 in the living room
 when you were young? 
 It wasn't a couch...
it wasn't a sofa...
sometimes it was a divan...
but usually it was known as
 a chesterfield. 
 This new sofa of ours
 brings back those memories.





I borrowed the Captain's lamp 
from his library 
(or as he would say, "Like I had a choice?")
 and we both like it in here,
 so now I have to come up with
 a replacement for him.





I have had these two lamps
 on the master bath vanity
 and really never turn them on anymore so,
 I brought one into
 the new space...





...and fancied up a shade for it. 
 I really like the feel
 of it here.





I was so happily surprised yesterday
 to receive this beautiful package
 in the mail 
from my good and dear friend,
 Kerin, of Mill Hill Meadows.

  She had wrapped up this bag
 of the best smelling chunks
 of Blueberry Pound Cake
 for use in a tea-light warmer
 and two of the
 sweetest little birdies...








...to add to my collection. 
 They seem to feel right at home
 as they parade across
 the mantle piece...





...all of these thoughtful gifts
 were accompanied by a beautiful
 "dream" card 
that I appropriately tucked 
into a corner of the guest room
 along with other
 special momentoes.

Thank you so much, Kerin. 
 I so appreciate 
your kindness and
 your friendship.





We found this chest
 in a shop in Lodi. 
 We loved the lines of it 
and its usage
 and knew that it would be perfect 
in a special spot. 
 The colors are not in tune
 with what is planned for the room 
so there will be a drastic change coming
 and then the whole room 
will be revealed.





Hope you all had 
some wonderful weekend wanderings
 as well.


...Judy...







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