Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bannister Splats Arrived!

 I need to get a new life.  All day long all I could think about was 'will my stair bannister splats from Sue Cook Miniatures arrive from England today?'  Pathetic, right? --but true! 

I literally sprinted home from the train station this afternoon, even in the unseasonable heat. As I neared  the steps to our shaded front porch, the tension was palpable...

Would there be a package waiting?

I suppose, gentle Reader, you're thinking that the title of this post is a dead giveaway.  But the sad truth is   there was no package waiting for me upon my arrival .  The disappointment cut me to the quick.  I felt just like the boyhood Christmas when I had asked for a 'Big Jim' doll --er, Action Figure, and received 'Major Matt Mason,'  instead. Lame.
 When would the package arrive?  What if it got lost in the mail?  Will the Entrance Hall staircase of Merriman Park ever be finished?  These were the questions that haunted me and swirled through my mind as I retired to the backyard patio for the one thing that could assuage my growing anxiety:


No, I wasn't day-drinking alone!  Don't judge me!...our friend Eric was there to console me (and shake up the first round).

The afternoon was far too gorgeous to be spent indoors hunched over my work table, anyway.  Won't be many more --if any-  days like this here in Minnesota, this season.  But the barking of dogs at the picket-gate soon snapped us out of our reverie and a quick look-see at the front door brought --that's right!  My dearly-awaited cast balustrade!

 And work!


Giac said...[Reply]

Hello John,
I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say there is nothing pathetic about waiting for a Sue Cook package witht hat much excitement...I did the same as did many others I'm sure. Im happy they got there safe and sound and I can't wait to see them all put together.
Enjoy the nice weather!

Simon said...[Reply]

Giac's right, and I'm all for anticipation but enough is enough. Now you can get on with the stairs - HOORAY!
(we're in the middle of an unseasonal heatwave here, too. "Day After Tomorrow" stuff!).

Fi.P said...[Reply]

Hi John,
I have just joined your sight and am amazed by the work you are doing on your Doll House. I must say though I did laugh out loud at your Big Jim story and video. I'd love to know if you ever got hold of your Big Jim in the end.........? ; )

Oh, and thank you for your post on the Longfellow House. I took particular note as it has a striking resemblance to the Doll House we're working on. The kit must have been based on it, but I suppose it is a typical style for a Doll House.

Keep up the great work, I will be looking forward to the next post. Fiona

John said...[Reply]

Hi Fiona-- Yes, between me and three brothers, we had quite a few 'Big Jim's' laying around the house! One of my brothers even had the camper!

Thanks for joining my blog. What is the name of your kit house?

Fi.P said...[Reply]

Hi John,
I hope you don't think I'm rude not responding to your question. I did try to send you an email but I'm not so good with the blogging thing and I think its out in cyber space some where.

I wont prattle on about my DH now as I have left enough on Andy's blog. But it is an Australian kit called the Georgian Doll house and its really the only georgian one we could get our hands on at the time.

I thought I would mention that I have had a career in Display also. We call it visual Merchandising here. I worked for a Fashion/Homewears chain and I relate to a lot of your posts.....LOL

John said...[Reply]

No worries, Fiona! I'd like to see your house!

(We call it Visual Merchandising here, too, but I figured unless you're in 'the biz' you wouldn't know what that meant). I like 'Display' better anyway --it's more to the point.