Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter...

...returns...and not very happy about it.  Here's a view out the back :
I'm ready for summer, but first I have to shovel this crap.  Heavy sigh...

Finally found a Kellogg Grab-a-phone and it's currently on its way to Steve Hilsz for repair.  This turned into a bigger project than I thought it would be, but that's life...everything's a project.
Steve's going to repair the wiring and get it set up with a small ringer box so it will work with a land line.  Can't dial out with it obviously - back when it was in use you picked up the phone and asked the operator to connect you to 5074 or whatever 4 digit number you wanted - but it will be able to answer incoming calls. This will complete (for now) my "Talk Through The Decades" display as I'll use this as an example of the early 1900's (pre-1910)...in the teens is my candlestick phone; the 20's is the WE 102B1; the 30's is the Stromberg Carlson Fat Boy; the 40's is the WE 302; the 50's is the WE spacesaver; and the 60's is the Ericofon.

De-Christmasing is almost complete...

...all inside decorations have been taken down and packed away for another year...and this year we've made an effort to separate decorations we'll actually use next year from all the other decorations that have been collected through the years and are really just taking up space.  I think we're finally past the time of life when we decked the halls like Christmas zealots...one year we had 5 trees scattered throughout...at least we're down to two...and if not for the minors among us, we would have had 1 tree...one of my aluminum ones...wouldn't that have been a sacrilege.  The day is coming...

In the meantime we still have the outside lights to contend with, and taking them down will happen this week...I think.  We have gone into the deep freeze, with temps in the single digits and wind chills below zero, so it's possible I'll wait for weather that won't induce frostbite and hypothermia.

So for now they remain, looking very festive in the snow we should have had a week and a half ago:


Lions went down to defeat in Dallas...no surprise there, but they did look like they might pull it off for most of the game, losing in the last 3 minutes, 24-20.  The futility continues.

Later, mcm fans...

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