Thursday, December 31, 2009

Curious Cat Visits the Construction Site

Today, a curious cat visited the construction site at the Bunny Bungalow. Tall Husband spotted her from the kitchen window as she inspected each change that had taken place since she last prowled these grounds.

She is, perhaps, wondering why we are building over her huge sand box.

She strikes a dainty pose...

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then takes her leave.

Note: These photos were shot through 90-year-old window glass.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Porta What?

A new photo has been added to the slide show (right) about construction at The Bunny Bungalow...a portable toilet was delivered today. Who could have known that Tall Husband and I would be so happy about such an arrival?!

P.S. I'm a really happy woman today...the post surgical swelling in my left hand has decreased, so I can wear my wedding ring. I'm married again!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Rings and Things

My Wedding Ring
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This is my wedding ring which I cannot wear, as my fingers are swollen blue sausages since the surgery on my left thankful that I did not photograph them for this posting. Tall Husband has been my bather. With bag on my left, bandaged hand, he bathes me in the shower, placing liquid soap in my right hand so I can feel helpful. Never mind that I have spent all my professional life on rehabilitation teams and know all the tricks and skills of doing things one handed; this is more fun and I've surrendered completely to his method. But I do miss wearing my wedding ring. You know the feeling of nakedness you feel without that symbol.

Now this I cannot believe: Tall Husband smashed his left palm with a hammer yesterday...a nasty painful injury...not dead center but on the edge. So now we have to help each other, for between us we have a pair of good hands. He refused my offer of pain medication, perhaps he's worried that they will give him the same nightmares they've given me.

It's off to the surgeon today for a post-op appointment.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from The Bunny Bungalow!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Healing Hands

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I'm using one hand to do this posting, under the influence of some really good painkillers, as I had surgery on my left hand yesterday. When Tall Husband and I arrived home from the hospital last night there was a curious bag sitting at our kitchen door. At first we thought someone had delivered pizza to the wrong house. With the goofiness caused by surgical drugs, I thought UPS was in the pizza know drop it on a doorstep and run! However, inside the bag we found a gift for me and fantastic homemade lasagna for the two of us to heat for dinner. It was from our friends Linda and Cute Husband.

Aww, you guys! Thanks for such sweet thoughtfulness.

Note: Just one photo due to the limited mobility...I'll take a photo of the beautiful scarf that was inside the gift wrap when the hand cooperates.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

White Wednesday around Chappell Hill Texas

What's better than a white country church?

An old, white doorknob on the door to an ancient corn crib.

An antique house, freshly painted white.

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An old buggy anchor on the porch of an old cabin.

White Wednesday is hosted by Faded Charm Cottage, where you'll find links to wonderful white stuff.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Rabbit Hole: A Texas Roadtrip

A small, stone rabbit peers through a rabbit hole in the side of the Parker Corn Crib Cabin in Chappell Hill, Texas.

In Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice follows a white rabbit through the Rabbit Hole into Wonderland, a place inhabited by strange and wonderful sights and characters. Tall Husband and I fell through such a portal this weekend, finding sights and characters every bit as wonderful as Alice's entourage.

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John Beland in Historic Downtown Brenham, Texas.

At lunch at Ernie's American Bistro in Brenham, Texas, we found John Beland, the legendary session guitarist. Tall Husband, who plays classical guitar, immediately informed me that this guitarist is "scary good." After lunch, we sat awhile, listening to John's wonderful stories and more music.

We found a beautiful little shop on Main Street in historic Chappell Hill, Texas. The shop has been thoughtfully restored, retaining its original ladder and board ceiling and walls. The shopkeepers had great stories about the renovation and a family friend who hand weaves all their baskets.

We discovered a wonderful historic church, also on Main Street. The keeper there told us of how people always want the bell to ring at events, however, she says that she refuses to climb up to the 18 foot ceiling, crawl through the small opening and replace the rope. Tall Husband is bothered by anything that doesn't work, so he has come up with solutions, which I suspect he will foist upon the Baptists of Chappell Hill.

Parker Corn Crib Cabin. Please notice that the little two-burner stove is by Wolf...first Class for this little jewel of a cabin!

This little corn crib turned guest cabin has more stories to reveal than most libraries. We met John Zimmerman who told us the story of how he and his crew engineered moving the old fireplace, along with it's chimney, from a nearby town and installed it in the middle of the rebuilt cabin. The owner, Kathy, had found the fireplace and it's chimney standing sans house in the middle of a field.

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A precious little trinket embedded in the chimney.

Though we had visited this cabin before, we had not discovered the old tiny china dolls embedded long ago in the surface of the fireplace by an unknown whimsical soul. This time we found them! Fellow Bloggers, could that magical person be our soul mate?

Have a look at Maryanne's Beadboard UpCountry posting on The Country Homes of Chappell Hill Holiday Home Tour.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Plumbing at the Bungalow

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Tall Husband says that building a structure is like making sausage: The sausage may turn out to be delicious but you don't want to watch it being made. Above is proof: we learned that our 1920 bungalow has it's original underground plumbing...which has to be brought up to code. Codes or not, the old pipes aren't functional. The pipes which are visible were updated, so we did not suspect that they connected to antique pipes underground. Surprise!

We cannot wait until the next surprise.
But there is good news to report: we have a great team of architects, builder and plumbers.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

White Wednesday: A Fine French Hen for Saara

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Whenever we take a roadtrip to see Tall Son and his family, we always stop in historic Brenham, Texas to visit with Maryanne and Robespierre at their French flavored shop, Beadboard UpCountry. On our Thanksgiving trip, we were looking for hostess gifts for our daughter-in-law Saara. Saara (who should write a book...schooled by nuns in a Mexican convent, married a Mexican diplomat who mysteriously died in Denmark) loves chickens. In Beadboard that day, sat this wonderful hand carved wooden hen. So, this fine French hen now dominates Saara's kitchen table.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Sartorialist at Houston Coffee and Cars?

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This chic couple, spotted alongside their Ferrari at Houston Coffee and Cars, look as if they belong on the pages of The Sartorialist Blog. But I got the shot!

Note: Until January 2010 you may see the December gathering at Houston Coffee and Cars in the slide show in the right column.

Friday, December 4, 2009

There's a Cat Tearing up my Back Yard

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As you may know, Tall Husband and I have two homes in Houston and due to pending retirement and the economy, we have been faced with making a choice. It was a long and tough decision process but thanks to the encouragement and advice from so many of you, we have chosen between My Ranchburger and our weekend house, The Bunny Bungalow. The Bungalow will be our full time home. Since it is so tiny, we hired great architects and a builder to design and build a garage/studio out back. We did not want to add on to the bungalow, as we want to keep its original 1920 beautifully simple design.

You can follow our progress and adventures via a slide show right here on this blog, in the right hand column. Meanwhile, we're both

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Light Touch

Click on any photo to enlarge and study how Aaron Rambo and Ruth Davis of Found have added sultry lighting.

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As promised in a previous post, here are some more views of the recent party at Found for the Home, a Houston shop that is chockfull of antiques and repurposed industrial chic. Plus, these wonderful gray suede pumps which Tall Husband spotted...hmm, do you think he has a foot fetish? No, he just knows how I love great shoes.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

White Wednesday: Antique White

All photos taken at Found for the Home in Houston.

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White Wednesday is hosted by Faded Charm Cottage, where you'll find links to wonderful white stuff.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Never Have Lumps of Coal Been So Chic!

Lumps of coal for the naughty among us.

Natural seasonal touches...only Aaron Rambo and Ruth Davis, at Found for the Home, could be so chic with green.

Our kind of tree...understated and alive!

Without striking a match, this is a warm touch.
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Ruth Davis and Aaron Rambo, who hold the keys to Found for the Home, threw open their doors to welcome the season. The fragrance of fresh boxwood, cedar, pine and softly scented candles filled the cool night air. Wherever one looked, there were magical ideas for one's own nest. Everyone loved the amusing jars filled with lumps of coal and tagged Naughty.

Later...right here on this will see more of Found's retro industrial chic plus a pair of shoes to die for.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

White Wednesday: Art Deco White

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is a stunning white art deco classic. It was once the Houston Municipal Airport Terminal.

The museum is being returned to its former elegance. The interior walls have been plastered to perfection and the white paint chosen for the interior and exterior is ethereal.

While I shot the interior, Tall Husband spoke with a young couple at the museum who were making arrangements to have their wedding reception there...I know the wedding guests will feel as if they are on top of the wedding cake!

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White Wednesday is hosted by Faded Charm.

Note: Come back later to see some of the vintage items that give character to this magical museum.