Thank you for finding That Old House amidst the chaos of the Internet. We are delighted that you are here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe . . . .

Drum Roll please . . .

That Old House
now has 300 Followers. I am amazed and giddy.
Who'd a thunk it? Thank you!

Remove Formatting from selection
In honor of having more Followers than I ever thought possible, I should be doing a slick, carefully-thought-out post today, but instead, it's one of those Reality Check posts about real life around here.

And right now, real life means my trying to re-gain control of the house after the holidays and all that followed. Hands up, anyone who still has a secret corner stuffed with Christmas decorations that need to be put away. Oh dear, mine is the only hand up. . . .

Last Friday, I wrote about our dining room, and wanting a larger table, and showed two tables for sale locally that we were considering. We found them both on Craigslist. We decided against this one:

Looked at this one also on Saturday, the nice Henkel-Harris that has a bit of crazing on the tabletop:
(That is not our house!)

We thought about it, and bought it yesterday.
Now these are cluttering up the dining room here:
The pedestals are in excellent condition, tight and un-scuffed, and
more substantial than they look in the pictures. They are quite big!

Dusty, but that means they'll fit right in at That Old House.

The blue bag holds the hardware and screws for the table.
The box, below, holds the three leaves, or "fillers" as they are called in the trade.
(I didn't know that.)

The tabletop is still in the back of my minivan, as we got home at dusk last night and hauling something very heavy down old stone steps in the dark, as snow began falling, just didn't seem a really smart idea.

You might not be surprised to know that this saga is not over yet.

There are bumps along the smooth road to Dining Room Heaven.
There's another table that I found on Craigslist after we'd agreed to buy the one, above.

Take a look at this one:

Ain't it a beaut?
I have fallen in love. Uh-oh.

It's big, really big -- four feet wide and almost ten feet long with all its leaves -- and probably too big for our room, or at least that's what I keep telling myself. I may have to go look at it; it's being offered at a really low price and is almost irresistable.

As I told Howard, we will be selling the original table.
We can always sell the one we just bought as well. Right? Right?

Amazingly enough, my husband hasn't smothered me with a pillow while I sleep. Yet.

In fact, he gave me a beautiful potted orchid for Valentine's Day,
along with some chocolates that we won't mention
because ssshhhh we aren't supposed to be having them!

We are having our third snowstorm since February 2nd, today.

Staten Island Chuck, the local groundhog who predicted an early spring, had better stay outta Jersey if he knows what's good for him. We don't want to have to put him in tiny little cement overshoes and send him to the bottom of the Hudson.

Blog parties today are --

Go visit, and have a lovely Tuesday! -- Cass
PS... anyone want to buy a used dining room table, cheap?


  1. Your comment about Statan Island Chuck is so funny you have me with tears in my eyes as I see him with lead shoes being thrown into the river or yet being buried under the stadium in Jersey next to Jimmy Hoffa:) Glad to see you change your mind about tables too. I made husband drive up to the Carolina furniture market one year specifically to buy a DR table. I spent two days looking and did not buy a thing. Husband was so mad at me for not making up my mind that on the drive home he received a speeding ticket:) So don't worry about your husband using the pillow on you because you can always sell this table.

  2. Congrats on 300 followers! You'll be at 400 before ya know it.

    Lovely table(s). One can never have too many, ya know. ;-)

    Have a great week,

  3. Raises my hand - I also have little piles everywhere - mostly of stuff I've found on clearance and haven't dragged up to the attic yet. Great table and congrads on 300 followers

  4. I just love reading your post. Congrats on 300 followers!! Hurray!
    What two beautiful tables, that is going to be tough to pick one...they both are beautiful! Good luck, can't wait to see what you decide!

  5. Hi sweet lady...

    A big ol' hearty Congratulations on your 300 followers!!! We, your followers, love you and your fabulous blog, Darlin'!!!

    Ohhh my...what is a lady to do??? I love your new table and it's lovely pedestal really is a gorgeous table!!! Don't you just hate finding other things that you may like more? Life would be so much simpler without these complications!!! Hehe! Best wishes with your trying to decide, Cass!

    Now...I do belive that your honey is the sweetest! Those pink orchids are gorgeous...and you did say CHOCOLATES? Hehe...I just hollered the word, my friend! I love chocolates...I eat chocolates...and my honey gave me chocolates for Valentine's Day too! And...I DON'T CARE WHO KNOWS!!! Hehe!!!

    Have a fabulous day, Darlin'!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. Oh, your so funny Cass! That last part about the cement shoes had me in stitches! New Jersey does have a bit of a reputation that way. hehe. Congrats on 300 followers!And I am proud to say I was one of your earliest followers! Your table is just gorgeous and the 2nd one is too! Go for the Gusto Girl! Cindy

  7. You are so funny. Love the table, but what a quandry you are in. Yes, you can sell the one you just bought and you may even make a profit. That's a good thing!! Little cement

  8. Cass, I forgot to tell you congrats on the 300 followers. I can't wait till I get 100. The orchid is simply beautiful...Kim

  9. Ummmm, I think that might be my hand up there too. Yikes! And Cass- the table you haven't bought yet? BUY IT! Gorgeous!!
    xoxo Pattie

  10. Your orchids are beautiful! All the tables are lovely and I'm sure you will make the choice that is right for you.
    As for piles of Christmas stuff... nope. BUT, dont feel bad. I have massive piles of tax receipts and paperwork all over the dining room, and it looks dreadful and I really need to get that all boxed up and stored away. (since we are supposed to keep it for 7 years.)

  11. Oh Cass I love that last table the that girl does fit That Old house...Congrats on 300 followers I just got there today also...I can't beleive peeps would even follow me ha ha!!
    How sweet of Hubs to give you candy and flowers way to go girl...Hope you have a GREAT day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  12. I be snagging that last table, Cass, like a bolt of lightening. It is awesome ... the legs, the curves, WOW!

    Congrats on 300th ... I just celebrated mine too ... everyone is hitting the big one! this month.

    Hugs, Marydon

  13. Congrats. on your reader count and your orchid is beautiful. As far as the little pile of Xmas decor - Don't want to talk about it! :)
    Have a great week.

  14. Hi Cass!

    What a choice to make! They are all beautiful! Is it time for an addition to the house? LOL.....running and ducking from Howard!! LOL

    Have a great day!

  15. You are too funny. I truly enjoy reading your posts = )

    Too bad your DR table wasn't available a few months back when we needed one = (

    Hope you are able to sell it soon.


  16. I love the table that you found on Craig's list. You could sell the other tables without much trouble, I feel like. Hope you get things worked out for your dining room. Love & blessings from NC!

  17. Love that table !! I love orchids too. Reminds me of Hawaii!

  18. Hi Cass,
    What a difficult decision you have ahead of you. Can't you keep them both? :)
    I love the one with the curved double legs, so unusual. You will do the right thing, I'm sure! Thanks for visiting and the nice comment about the cottage style. I hope you'll be back for a visit soon! Congrats on 300 followers!
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  19. Hi Cass,

    Well congrats on your 300 followers...I'm glad I'm one of them..have enjoyed your blog so much! Thanks for visiting..I love the tea set I purchased at Goodwill! I love the tables you purchased too! Love the wood tones! Will look beautiful in your home!

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

  20. My vote (does it count?) is for the third table -- that is a beaut! And yes, if you're selling one table, you could sell two (the new one that you don't want) -- don't think that should be much trouble.

    I'd go for the third one -- for some reason -- that looks like That Old House!

  21. Wow! My eye is focusing on those amazing orchids! And, in front of that amazing again!

  22. Great orchids!! We all need added color in the house during these gray winter days.

    Oh, and so glad your husband has not smothered you yet. Whatever would we do without you?

    Congrats on the 300 mark!! Woo Hoo!!

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  23. Lovely new to you table. Great pedestal legs. And a hubby to help out with the hauling and indecision with a flower to boot...priceless!
    Looking forward to seeing the new table all decked out.
    Wednesday Blessings ;-)


Thank you for visiting That Old House; it's always exciting to find new comments -- they are treasured! Because of increasing spam, I have reluctantly eliminated "Anonymous" commenting. Legitimate anonymous commenters, please forgive me! You might try using "Open ID" instead. Blogger's spam software worked for a good long time, but, sadly, no longer.