This is the scene I woke to this morning,dear Readers. The first snow! The first snow is rather devious: it always fools you into thinking, "oh, how pretty. Maybe winter isn't so bad, after all..." That's before it piles up in glacier-like proportions. They are predicting a 'colder and snowier winter than usual,' here in
Winter-Schminter! I laugh in the face of sub-zero temperatures! Wind-Chill Factor? Ha! --Oh, I suppose you probably don't even know what the Wind-Chill Factor is, poor, deprived Reader! The Wind-Chill Factor is, I believe, strictly a Minnesota thing (or at least a Mid-Western thing), when the thermometer actually reads thirty degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) but because of the Wind-Chill Factor it feels like fifty below! I know! What fun, right?
But like I said, who even has time to dwell on the weather when the empty, bare-plywood rooms of Merriman Park are staring me in the face?
So I'm plodding along with the Drawing Room... My new fireplace mantle from Braxton Payne Miniatures arrived this week. May I wax poetic for a moment on Braxton Payne? If you're not familiar with him, gentle Reader, you should be! His mantles are the most divoon creations on Earth! Not only are they exquisitely designed, but also expertly wrought with the most superb detail. He even signs and dates his work, which I think is such a nice touch! But don't take my word for it: check out his on-line catalog. You affectionados of eighteenth-century design will undoubtedly find something to delight the eye.
|The arched frame over the mantle will hold a mirror, and mimic the corner niches.|
...Just waiting for my cornice, flooring and ceiling ornamentation to arrive. Hopefully, it will all come before I run out of stuff to work on! If it doesn't arrive before then, I may end up like poor little Edie, the Sheltie:
bored to sobs! I know exactly how she feels --I tell you, it's this weather! Think she needs a walk, or something?