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Friday, May 7, 2010

Shutters, Dust, and a Possible Bomb!

Exactly one month ago, here, I challenged you to find the thing about That Old House
that was different in these two photographs:

Yup, it was the missing shutter on the right hand front corner of the house.
We'd had a fierce storm, and one of the shutters broke in two and came off its hinges.

For Show And Tell Friday (Thank you, Cindy, of My Romantic Home),
I am showing off my husband's handiwork:

The shutter is back!

Hooray for Howard!
Please admire his newly restored, newly re-attached shutter, but please don't look at the peeling paint.
That Old House is very self-conscious about her wrinkles and age spots.


You may have heard me say before that I believe dust to be a protective coating on fine antiques and treasures.

Well, turns out that the things inside That Old House
aren't the only ones with that protective coating.

I am anxiously watching the iris buds, waiting for them to burst open:

Look closely . . . what do you see? Dust!
Well, OK, maybe pollen, but that just cracks me up.

Even my flowers are dusty.

One more shot from the border:

Does anyone know what this pretty flower is?
It's about 10-inches high, with thin strappy leaves.

This Show And Tell has nothing to do with our house.

Howard took this picture with his phone, late Wednesday night, on the Triboro Bridge
in New York City, as he was sitting in his car in a deadlocked sea of vehicles:

Now, it is not unusual for a bridge in NYC to be jammed with cars, but this was special.

You may have heard about it on the news; the bridge was shut down because of a suspicious truck, left abandoned and leaking gasoline. Howard was on his way to LaGuardia Airport to pick up our daughter Alida, in from California for a visit, and was of course on the bridge at the time of the shutdown.

Let's just say Alida waited a long long time for her Dad to get to the airport that night. But it all turned out just fine, and that abandoned truck was found to be nothing more than . . . an abandoned truck. Thank goodness.

Click and visit for more Show And Tell. Happy Friday! -- Cass

P.S. You may have heard the Bridge, above, called the "RFK Bridge" or "Robert F. Kennedy Bridge" on the news reports.
Bah, humbug. It was, is, and always will be the Triboro Bridge. Always. Got that, you chuckleheaded bureaucrats?


  1. Cass, I had to run and show this to Ray. The last time we were in NY we saw a sign for the RFK Bridge and we both said "Are they KIDDING??!!" The Triboro it will always be!
    Glad Alida is safe at home and tell Howard he did a great job- that old house is grateful, I'm sure. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. You mean dust isn't a protective coating? The Triboro bridge it is...I haven't been back it years but I would have been confused.

    Happy Mother's Day.


  3. I love your house! And your photography, Stunning! You know being a homeowner is a never ending job. I wish my list could get to at least under fifty things...

    Happy Mothers Day!

  4. I guessed the shudder right away...I pride myself on playing these games! Wiah I knew the name of the flowers, I'm still trying to figure out what I have! lol!

    Glad Alida is home safe and sound!


  5. Adorable old house! I thought that the difference was in the season. =]

  6. ... and she looks so much better fully 'dressed'.

    Have a beautiful Mother's Day weekend. Enjoy your daughters visit.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  7. Hi Cass....I think you have nothing to worry about until you show us a picture with dust on Dion...until then your safe...Have a wonderful Mother's Day!! Sue

  8. Yep! I have dealt with lots of that "dust". Sorry H. had to deal with that, but glad he and your daughter were not in harm.
    Have a wonderful "Mother's Day"!

  9. So much going on--
    Have a great visit with your daughter.

    Happy Mother's Day to you.


  10. Cass..
    the flower is wood hyacinth..
    Google image it..
    glad all is well with the house,
    Howard, and the daughters..
    and of course.. Dion!
    have a beautiful time with the girls..
    Happy Mother's Day!
    warmest hugs..

  11. That was a trick. I immediately honed in on the telephone pole, thinking that it had been moved. So I didn't see the shutter! Great that you were able to get it back where it belongs.

  12. Your house looks like a dream come true. It's stunning and the conservatory, Hmmm. . .very nice.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  13. What a beautiful house. A work of love I'm sure... The bee's will have your flowers dusted in no time! Cheers, Susan :)


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