Found a New Favorite

When Charlie and I attend a Baltimore Symphony concert at the Meyerhof we always stopped at Dougherty’s before hand to have a bite to eat.

The era of our favorite pub is gone.
The era of our favorite pub is gone.

Alas Dougherty’s has closed for good and we needed a new place to get something to eat.

Up a flight from street level is the café.
Up a flight from street level is the café.

I did a Google search and found “Soup’s On” about 2 blocks from the concert hall. We’ve eaten there twice.

Charlie is ordering at the window. The menu is on a chalkboard.
Charlie is ordering at the window. The menu is on a chalkboard.

The soups and sandwiches are made in the kitchen of this old row house.

The tables are brightly painted with soup recipes.
The tables are brightly painted with soup recipes.

The décor is quirky.

The 2-story windows overlook Preston Street.
The 2-story windows overlook Preston Street.

The cook/waiter is the owner and doesn’t accept tips.

Another tabletop.
Another tabletop.

Most of the soups have unusual combinations of ingredients so it’s difficult to remember exactly what I ordered but Charlie had a delicious bowl of French onion soup.

What’s a favorite dive in your city?

A DIY Idea

I work in a century-old mansion which has a library.

The library is used daily by the family to read, play games, greet guests, and even watch TV.
The library is used daily by the family to read, play games, greet guests, and even watch TV.
Sometimes the curtains are closed to keep out cold drafts and summer heat.
Sometimes the curtains are closed to keep out cold drafts and summer heat.

This is a roomful of heavy, interlined drapes.

New upholstery on the library settee.
New upholstery on the library settee.

When the settee in the library at work was recovered, the curtains were changed to match the upholstery.

The curtains are fully lined and interlined.
The curtains are fully lined and interlined.

When the drapery maker’s son came to hang the new curtains he brought them in on some useful hangers.

The curtains have been changed and a small stool has also been reupholstered in the new fabric.
The curtains have been changed and a small stool has also been reupholstered in the new fabric.

He told me they custom make the hangers by fastening a heavy cardboard tube to two hangers that have been taped together.

Heavy duty hangers for carrying well-pressed fabric like tablecloths.
Heavy duty hangers for carrying well-pressed fabric like tablecloths.

Since I could think of a dozen uses for these special hangers I aksed if he was leaving them. He said sure.

If you need something like this I'm sure you could DIY these hangers with no problem.
If you need something like this I’m sure you could DIY these hangers with no problem.

Now they’re hanging in my conservatory closet very near the tablecloths.  Uh huh.

Have you made something practical and useful?

Senior Deal

We’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon this fall (#21 — 101 in 1001) so we’re starting to research the details of the trip.

There are lots of options out west for fabulous sightseeing.
There are lots of options out west for fabulous sightseeing.

I learned that Grand Canyon is actually a National Park which, like most National Parks, charges a fee.

My lifetime senior pass.
My lifetime senior pass.

The National Park Service offers a Lifetime Senior Pass which allows me and 3 other people or my vehicle and all occupants to enter any U. S. National Park.

Price structure for Fort McHenry National Park.
Price structure for Fort McHenry National Monument.

Price of the pass — $10!

Fort McHenry sits up on a hill overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
Fort McHenry sits up on a hill overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

We visited our closest local National Park — Fort McHenry  — to purchase it.

At the end of the film the screen raised and we could see the Star-Spangled Banner out the window while the National Anthem was sung by a men chorus.
At the end of the film the screen raised and we could see the Star-Spangled Banner out the window while the National Anthem was sung by a men’s chorus.

While we were there we watched an informational video on Fort McHenry’s role in the War of 1812.

Charlie at the far end learned to fold this 17' by 25' flag.
Charlie at the far end learned to fold this 17′ by 25′ flag.

Then Charlie got in on the action of folding one of the large Star-Spangled Banners kept at the Fort. So great to visit a famous place in our own backyard.

Do you have a favorite National Park?

Granite Samples

When we were looking for granite for the kitchen island I picked up a number of samples.

I laid the granite samples on the top of the wannabe kitchen island.
I laid the granite samples on the top of the wannabe kitchen island.

These samples were not expected to be returned.

These granite samples are now just taking up space.
These granite samples are now just taking up space.

I still have them.

The samples are different sizes.
The samples are different sizes.

Can anyone think of a use for these small blocks, approximately 5″ by 5″, of granite?

We ultimately chose River White as our island's granite top.
We ultimately chose River White as our island’s granite top.

Or, if not, how do I get rid of them? Recycle, land fill, what?

Pink and Orange

I went to my favorite rose purveyor to pick up some pink roses like I had at Christmas.

2-1/2 dozen supermarket roses for less than $25.
2-1/2 dozen supermarket roses for less than $25. These pink ones were for Christmas.

My favorite rose purveyor is, by the way, Safeway grocery store.  They sell a dozen roses for $9.99 and a dozen and a half for $12.99.  So for $25 I can get two and a half dozen beautiful, long-lasting (guaranteed for at least 5 days and often last longer) roses.

I love how pink and orange are mixed on one flower.
I love how pink and orange are mixed on one flower.

Since I the pink roses didn’t catch my fancy this time I decided to get orange ones with a hint of pink on the edges to go with the color scheme of the mantel and tea party china.

I used the longer stems in a tall vase in the living room.
I used the longer stems in a tall vase in the living room.

I noticed that the roses which came by the dozen were longer stemmed but I usually clip the stems anyway when arranging according to the size of the vase.

By the fireplace in the living room.
By the fireplace in the living room.
Across the living room on the Victorian washstand.
Across the living room on the Victorian washstand.

I had enough roses for two vases in the living room, a silver teapot full in the dining room, and a copper kettle’s worth in the mudroom.

On the dining room table in a silver teapot along with the creamer, sugar, and dregs bowl.
On the dining room table in a silver teapot along with the creamer, sugar, and slop bowl.

They look nice on their own but I’m going to get a little filler for around the edges of the vase.

Even the mudroom has a little tea paraphernalia.
Even the mudroom has a little tea paraphernalia.

I’ll have to check the backyard.

What’s your go-to flower?

Robe Hook

I was reading Diane’s (In My Own Style) post about her bathroom decor and I decided I must have a robe hook in the master bathroom sooner rather than later.

I need a robe hook on the back of this door to the master bathroom.
I need a robe hook on the back of this door to the master bathroom.

I had intended to use some hooks I already had since they would be mostly unseen on the back of the door.

Hobby Lobby nickel hook on sale for $3.
Hobby Lobby nickel hook on sale for $3.

However when Diane mentioned she bought her substantial robe hooks at Hobby Lobby I decided to see what I could find there.  These hooks are out-of-stock online and in our local store also.

I found thisfish-shaped rack for a few dollars at a discount store . The hooks would work great for a robe.
I found this fish-shaped rack for a few dollars at a discount store . The hooks would work great for a robe.

So I might have to use something I already have on hand like this fish with hooks.

Whose style do you like?

2 Small Mirrors

I stopped by the Model Home Interior Clearance Center because I’m looking for a few items.

This small stool would be perfect.
This small stool would be perfect.

I didn’t find a vanity stool.

I think we need a shower bench for the far end if the master shower for storage.
I think we need a shower bench for the far end in the master shower for storage.

I would also like to have a bench with some storage for the master shower.

Bamboo trimmed 10" by 18" mirror for $18.
Bamboo trimmed 10″ by 18″ mirror for $18.

Finally I need a couple of small mirrors.

I've missed having a mirror in the entrance.
I’ve missed having a mirror in the entrance.

One for the spot in the mudroom where I removed the antique mirror which I plan to use in the master bathroom.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.
The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

I also need a smallish mirror for the conservatory bathroom which I really can’t decide on until we install the backsplash.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.
This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

Until then I did find a reasonably priced ($15) square mirror the frame of which I’ll probably paint.

The back of the mirror is labeled "Made on Earth". Whew!
The back of the mirror is labeled “Made on Earth”. Whew!

I was interested to see that it was not imported from outer space.

I’ll check back from time to time to see what’s new at the Model Home Interior Clearance Center.

What piece are you searching for?