Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Start Of Summer... officially upon us.  Yes I know, the meteorologically stringent among us would correctly argue summer doesn't start until June 21, but at our house...when the pool is open and we have our first fire, it's summer.

And so we did this past weekend...Saturday was in the high 60's / low 70's, but the wind died down enough in the late afternoon that we enjoyed our first session of Martinis and Bikinis...except this year I've traded out the martini for rye whiskey.  Even so, the end result was the same, which modesty and propriety forbid me from mentioning in detail here.

Post escapades, we started a fire in the chiminea and enjoyed a delightful hour of warm relaxation.  Ah, summer...

We met with a builder last week, and we're thinking most seriously at this point about building new next year rather than buying old this year.  Thus, we have switched from "collecting / home improvement" mode into "save as much money as we can" mode.

Even so, if I could find this on ebay or somewhere else, I'd be sorely tempted:

Telstar Predicta Chalet

This is one of the coolest TVs I've ever seen, and they are rare...based on the original 1950's Philco Predicta, they were manufactured by Telstar, a now defunct company that owns the Predicta brand name.  During the 90's and early 2000's they made modern day tube TVs based on the Predicta style.

Their downfall?  The flat screen one makes tube TVs anymore and when their sources dried up they were done.

Now my task is finding one of the above on ebay or wherever.  One did come up earlier this year but I tuned in after the auction ended - no sale - and when I inquired they had already sold it in Chicago on another venue.  Drats!

Today is Mom's day, so of course that means roses and a cake for Karen:

Her kids got her a couple of cards, and we all made a point of Karen relaxing and enjoying her day...visited the Downtown Market and their vintage / antique booths, tried a bloody mary from a bar they had set up there, etc.

Tomorrow is going to be another crazy day in the salt mines so I'm finishing this up and heading for bed soon.

Later, mcm fans...

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