I’m Alive, Really
February 26, 2012 § 6 Comments
Hi all! Just a note and a pic to let you know that I’m still alive and what I’ve been up to. I haven’t written lately because all I’ve been doing is whinging about winter, despite it being one of the mildest and shortest we’ve ever had. Still, it’s not winter if we’re not complaining that it’s not Spring. Hehe.
Anywho, recently Hubby and I have discovered the fun of auctions. Yep, where you stand (or sit if you show up early enough) in a crowded room with a large number and hold it up to buy someone else’s old crap. There’s something very exciting about the whole thing, especially if you’re partial to junk because really, that is the majority of what’s for sale.
For years, I’ve been a casual collector of candle and oil lamps. There’s not one room in my house that doesn’t have some sort of non electrical light source. I think this might have something to do with my love of thunderstorms, particularly when we lose power. It’s pretty much the only time I actually get to use them.
Well, it turns out that auctions are a great source for old kerosene and oil lamps. For me, it’s a virtual treasure trove and in just two auctions I’ve acquired over a half dozen. Unfortunately, most of them have burners that are rusted or broken and all them came needing a good cleaning.
These are a few of my favourites. The amber one I inherited from my grandmother who passed away a couple of years ago, the rest are auction finds. It’s been interesting to research the burners to find replacements and I finally managed to get an order through today. I’m so excited to get the parts, finish cleaning up the lamps and fill them with kerosene.
I may just have to pretend we had a power outage to try them all out. As long as the computers work I don’t think Hubby and Daughter will care much. They’re used to that sort of thing. You should have seen me when I was into making medieval nightgowns and bonnets. Yes, I actually wore (still do on occasion) them around the house.
Is 40 to young to be considered eccentric? Maybe I’m just weird. 😛
Hope all is well with you guys and I’ll be making the rounds soon to catch up on my commenting.