This is it! A tall upright. All wood. I used a lot of Murphy's Oil Soap and lavender essential oil and cleaner on it. It's a ridiculous story where we got it... from a guy in Northville (a nice suburb up here) who raised guinea pigs and chinchillas as a side job. His house smelled like a cage. He also raised turtles and had a 4' alligator in his basement! Pretty ridiculous, but I totally enjoyed it.
I feel kind of bad for the big strong men we dragged along and my friend Alli, but we got them lots of pizza after. Did you know pianos are really heavy?
We moved it in our friend's truck. So thankful for big, strong friends and a big, strong husband :) We had it strapped down and it didn't move at all once it was in there. Helps to have three engineers strap it down.
Grinnell Brothers were a huge manufacturer back in the day, reaching their peak when this piano was made, in the 50s. Detroit!
The ivories have come off in the places where I'm guessing his kids played/beat it to death. I need to figure that out.
Like I said, lots of lavender oil.
And lots of cleaning. It was in a rather dirty house, so these were from the first swipe.
The bench opens! Of course, right? But it's kind of fun. I'm excited for the day when it's filled with good music. And maybe I'll upholster it into a comfy bench at some point.
Once Miles moved it into the hearth room I covered it with fun crap that I had laying around. I love it. Just temporary but we'll see. Once I put something somewhere it tends to stay there for another couple years.
Plus I got an Asparagus Fern from Lowe's and I was really excited about that. I've wanted one for awhile and they're supposed to like indirect light, which that part of the room has a lot of, so it's perfect.
And now onto the random fun stuff. My wonderful friend had this wingback that she gave me :) Her husband found it on the side of road for dump day and they had it sitting in their basement for forever, and their dog's hair stuck to it horribly because it's velvet. I'm hoping that since it's in a room we don't use a ton and my dogs won't be allowed on it that it will be okay.
And it's got my quilt which I love on it. The quilt has been done for a month and deserves its own post soon.
Also, we're fixing the brick really soon so we can get the fireplace working! So next winter I can play the piano or sit in the wingback with a fire blazing next to me. Sounds pretty perfect to me.
Two pretty, free, new things. I'm happy. And blessed.
I said this was the random section, right? I got this ancient printing press thing at an estate sale, and I love it. For the record, I think estate sales are the absolute best because 1) things are cheap and 2) it tends to be good stuff because the people lived with it for however long and now their relatives just don't care.
Some friends and I threw a baby shower this weekend and I got this pack of tissue puff balls for decoration for it, so it would be fun to find something to do with them. I think they're really cute. I have five, two large and three medium size.
I got a lemon tree :) I've been wanting one for awhile now and finally got one. It's an Improved Meyer Lemon, which are supposed to be excellent in containers and the lemons themselves are supposed to be sweeter than average and delicious. It's three years old, which means that it can start producing lemons now. It's got blooms on it, but I'm not supposed to put it in the sun yet... we'll see. I really hope it grows.
I also got basil and cilantro, two spices I totally love. I also hope they grow :)
I put up these old license plates that I've been collecting over the years, one for the places where we love people. I need an Illinois one and it'll be a lot closer to being complete. Seen any, Jesse? :) I can see them from the front door and from the sink. I like them.
And finally, here's a ridiculous picture of Tucker. He likes attention, and I like to mush his face. Did you know he has a huge underbite? Good dog.