Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
"I found a picture of this the other day while searching for photos from Kansas City and I knew I had to go photograph it myself. This is probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen. I live here and I've never heard of it before—it makes me wonder what other secrets my hometown might be hiding." Jonathan Moreau
What secrets are hiding in your hometown?
Some info from the kclibrary.org website about the books, an art piece called "Community Bookshelf"
"The Community Bookshelf is a striking feature of Kansas City's downtown. It runs along the south wall of the Central Library's parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The book spines, which measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet, are made of signboard mylar. The shelf showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees." See more photos in the following article: Read more about the features of this architectural wonder here.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage for a repeat performance. I published this post over a year ago and it remains popular. Those of you who haven't seen it should enjoy it. Make the most of the long weekend...I know I will. ♥Rosemary
Saturday, October 10, 2009
It's Columbus Day Weekend and I hope you are going to spend some time in the country. The fall color is just beginning to pop at my house but it is in full swing as you drive farther north.
"Do something everyday that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain."
Have a great holiday weekend. Thanks for stopping by the cottage. ♥Rosemary
Friday, October 9, 2009
This is what the fence looks like so far. There are no words that can express how hard and time consuming this task has been but I am very pleased with the results. It is just primed at this point. All the pickets had to be removed and 6" was cut off the bottom. The horizontal board (in plastic) is a nice save and I love the way it looks. The posts were originally encased in wood boxes with decorative elements at the top and bottom. The old pickets were set between the boxes which weren't holding up well either. I decided to put the nailers on top of the pressure treated posts that were under the boxes and attach the pickets on top with all the posts behind. My friend had to cut 8 new pickets because of the new arrangement. The finials are old turned door stops that I got at a flea market for $1.00 each. I love them. I've been at this job with my helper for a week now and we are almost finished. I had to do a lot by myself last weekend...washing all the boards with bleach and soapy water to get rid of the mildew plus sanding and priming. I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Here is an old photo showing the condition of the pickets before the extensive repairs began last week.
One of the geraniums I brought into the house to winter over is just putting out new blossoms. I do enjoy house plants this time of year. Six geraniums, 3 pink and 3 red plus my giant rosemary bush are just enough inside my cottage.
The metal table with a glass top was picked up from the curb. Really. My town's once a year trash day is a picker's delight. I got this from a house right around the corner. Isn't it perfect for my plants? Sometimes I can't believe my own luck.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage to look at a few of my photos. ♥Rosemary
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The New York Times had a feature article about the film and its creator recently that you will also find interesting.
I've had a link on my blog for The Story of Stuff for quite a long time and it makes me happy whenever someone clicks on it. I was especially distressed to learn how much stuff ends up in the land fills due to planned obsolescence. The kitchen industry is now trying to make us all dislike our stainless appliances in favor of colored ones. I will not fall for this. Mine are only 7 years old and they are just fine, thank you very much!
Thanks for stopping by the cottage today for an eye-opening film. I hope you will share it with your friends. ♥Rosemary
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
For some reason this song was stuck in my head all day yesterday when I was outside priming the new nailers for the picket fence. I've always liked it and hope you will too. You can sing along since the lyrics are printed (using a wonderful font). It should get you ready to face Monday and the week.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage. ♥Rosemary
Sunday, October 4, 2009
There are two days left to get a free tall coffee from Starbucks just for tasting their new instant coffee Oct. 2-5. Read details here.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage for an extremely short post. It's a beautiful day with bright sun after a rainy Saturday. I plan on spending most of it outdoors. Webster and I hope you enjoy yours too. ♥Rosemary
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Kristie Stevens rents one of Mr. Phillips's houses. She is working with him on building a house of her own nearby, since Mr. Phillips requires the eventual owner of a house to help with its construction.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage for some inspiration about a one-man habitat for humanity. Have a great weekend. ♥Rosemary