Caution Woman at Work

I’ve barely made a peep about what I have been up to, but in as few words as possible, I have been building, designing, painting, and in general making quite a mess!

Holy Cow this looks dangerous! 

This bit is representative of the construction phase going on in here.  And I am relieved to tell you that the view is not this bad today.  I have some touching up to do on the shelving, and a really fun surprise for the finish… I’m calling the finish Chinese modern meets Mid Century modern.  If you remember Chinese Modern (straight lines and black lacquer)  you will get it when I post my finish.  😉

I am excited for the project to be done

I want to get back to quilting again.


FULL DISCLOSURE:  Bob helped with the drafting of the shelving brackets and the lifting of heavy things.  He also did the framing of my quilting table/desk to my specifications last year while I was away visiting my Auntie and the Missouri Star Quilt Co in Hamilton, MO.



A mother’s work is never done, but a bird mother’s work is truly to be admired.

(Photos are clickable for a better view)

Meet the Triplets

Rather photogenic for baby Blue birds; don’t you think?

We have been surrounded by many nesting birds this spring:   Carolina Wrens; Blue birds; Cardinals; and these Blue Jays.   Some I have not identified as yet, but I am working on it.    I have enjoyed seeing their different nesting habits and watching them feeding their nestlings.


We had a nest of a different sort this year, a rabbit’s warren!   I haven’t located it but it appears to be under the junk pile behind the barn.  I don’t think the little guy is a cotton tail either.  It looks domestic to me.  I would let you be the judge, but the little critter is very wary and far to fast for my camera skills.


Summer is coming and then the nesting will be over till next year.

Now comes the sunset viewing of the little Firefly Fairies and this year the viewing is exceptional!


Almost looks like new

Last year, in the fall I think it was, we got the idea to turn the old well house into a chicken house.  This entailed cleaning everything out and storing it elsewhere.  While we were at it I took a peek into the attic, if you will, and found an old iron moldering away up there.

To put is succinctly it was NASTY

I zip locked it that evening and let is sit till today.

I scrubbed, rubbed, polished and even ran it under the water in the sink.  I’m NEVER, EVER, going to plug it in, so why not?

I used stainless steel polish, aluminum foil to rub out the rust, and tons of elbow grease!  I was determined to make her shine.

To clean the base-plate I had to remove it…

I almost wished I hadn’t, but was very glad for the intuition on bagging the thing months back.


Lots of dead spiders in there.

This didn’t come out as nicely as the rest of the surfaces, but it revealed the manufacturer.  Manning-Bowman of Meridian Connecticut.

So, I went online and searched.  I found an iron that was exactly like mine, but no details on the Manning-Bowman MFG.  I persisted.  And came up with an old ad!

Meet the Iron that Wags its Tail!


My iron had lost the logo imprinted on its base.  Too bad as it would have saved me quite a bit of time today.  But hey, I found it!

So now my 1940 Streamlined beauty is all cleaned, shiny, and sitting up on display with my cast iron beauties collected from family.

Oh, and don’t let her sleek looks fool you… she’s pretty heavy in her own right at 4.75 pounds!

I think she looks pretty good!

I do wonder why the previous owner wrapped up the broken iron and saved it don’t you?  Never-the-less, I was glad to discover it last fall.

Question:  How many of you remember the shaker top water applicators for ironing before steam irons came on the scene?

NOTE:  The original ad was found HERE.   Do have a look there are several oldies but goodies regarding housework in the 40s.



Can you see me?


How about now?

This Eastern Garter snake is non venomous and a pest predator. I enjoyed seeing it hanging out behind my new herb bed.  I have (had?) a resident vole that moved in and stayed for the past three months.  Although, I haven’t seen the Garter snake or the vole for a couple of weeks…  🙂

Learn more about Eastern Garter snakes:  CLICK HERE