Wednesday, April 22, 2009

38 Piles

2.5 days of work and much of the debris has been reduced to piles of chips. It's now clear in a 40-50 foot buffer in the woods around the house plus the length of the driveway. Lots more work to do, but it feels really good to have so much of the stuff gone.

Above: From the front porch looking west toward the driveway and the highway. (Yes, all those white areas in the distance are piles of chips.) Below: The rear yard.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Carl Newton has a great tractor with a PTO chipper. Takes branches up to 6 inches in diameter. An amazing machine!

We spent a couple of hours on Sunday morning chipping the piles in the front woods. It already looks SO much better. If the weather holds, we're planning two more days of work this week. That should get us through the majority of the debris near the house. Progress.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Sang at church, watched the Master's, enjoyed some Ava Marie chocolate and hard boiled eggs. Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Great Find

Our building has a backyard that isn't really that functional, with the exception of a place to put furniture or large item that need to be thrown out. Over the weekend while coming in through the side entrance I noticed a wire chair in the furniture pile. What caught my eye was the pad on the seat, it looked like the "bikini" pad designed by Eames. Sure enough the tag on the chair indicated that the pad was made by Herman Miller. The interesting element was that the wire chair, although looking like the Eames original had a rolling base. I had never seen that option before.

I contacted the Eames Office (which is actually the Eames museum) to see what model it might be. they mentioned that it was indeed an original Eames, model PKCC-2 (the 2 indicates that the pad is the bikini pad) and made probably around 1959. Quite a find, especially considering the new versions cost in the range of $600-1200. Here is the link from the Eames Office.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


For the non-New Englanders in the crowd, Peepers are Chorus Frogs, a type of Treefrog (not to be confused with Peeps, those marshmallowy Easter treats).

Hearing Peepers croaking away is one of the sure signs of spring. Happily, I heard that sound on Sunday night when I came home from a rehearsal. Daffodils, crocus and tulips are next!