Horsing Around

While cleaning the floors in the living room I noticed the air intake duct was horribly dusty.  I tried vacuuming it but it still looked fuzzy.

The top grate distributes heat from the fireplace, the bottom grate puts fresh air into the heating system.
The top grate distributes heat from the fireplace, the bottom grate puts fresh air into the heating system.

I got a screwdriver, removed it, and scrubbed it in the kitchen sink.  All of the living room woodwork needs to be painted including this grate but I would not paint over the dust in any case.

Years of dust was built up on this old grate.
Years of dust is built up on this old grate.

The inside of the duct was equally clotted with dust but that was removed with a vacuum.

Nested Tile Tables
Nested Tile Tables

I have small nesting tile-topped tables near the front door which at one time looked like this.

A solicitation from an art gallery.
A solicitation from an art gallery.

But recently there came in the mail a photo of an ancient bronze horsehead.

An old silver box with a repousséd horse-drawn carriage.
An old silver box with a repousséd horse-drawn carriage.

So I gathered together some of my horse collection.

I cross-stitched the picture many years ago to hang in my son's nursery.
I cross-stitched the picture many years ago to hang in my son’s nursery.

The little ceramic dapple was a gift from my grandmother when I was a little girl.

A tipsy black metal horse.
A tipsy black metal horse.

The black metal statue must stay on the floor because he’s apt to topple over.

The horses make an interesting collection.
The horses make an interesting collection.

Just a little change of pace.

Do you have an inadvertent collection?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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