It’s been a crazy crazy week and we are finally back home in Baltimore ready to tackle the holiday season. Cue my Christmas panic of what to get everyone this year. But let’s recap Thanksgiving before I start tackling that.
Thanksgiving this year was absolutely perfect. We spent the entire holiday with my family in Fredericksburg. And after stuffing our faces with all of our holiday food favorites, I managed to snap a picture of the entire family before we all parted ways again until Christmas.
I absolutely love taking pictures, and while my family doesn’t exactly love having pictures of them taken, everyone knows how important it is to capture these precious and rare moments when every single one of us is together.
You might notice a new addition to the family. Mom and Dad rescued a little 7lb Dorkie (Dachshund + Yorkie mix) that they found in the middle of the street on a cold night. No collar, no microchip, and no one responded to their “Found Puppy” ad or reported her missing…. so of course they kept her. And we can hardly blame them. She’s the cutest thing and SO FRIENDLY. Meet Pippi.
As for projects, I finally wrapped up the bench for my sister and brother-in-law. I had to order a new set of legs since the ones I’d ordered previously had a top-plate that was about 1/2″ longer that the depth of the bench. They jutted out just enough to cause maximum leg scrapeage (new word). And let’s be honest, you don’t really want to have to offer up bandages to your dinner guests. So I ordered the smaller legs which incidentally came with support bars that turned out to be an added reassurance that this thing wouldn’t just split in half when someone sits on it.
I’m an idiot and forgot to snap a picture of the finished project. Somehow in the midst of HAND SCREWING steel legs to 100 year old wood (definitely felt like I’d burst a few blood vessels in my forehead by the time that was done) TWICE (because did I mention I’m an idiot?), I didn’t think to pick up my camera and take a single picture. But I have about 200 pictures of my parents’ puppy. Go figure.
Thankfully, my sister snapped a shot when they got it home and into their apartment. Their cat approves.
The color is a little more red than I was going for unfortunately which drives my pseudo-OCD crazy, but hey, I know where they live. I’ll sneak over sometime when they’re not home and just… grey it up a bit with some tinted poly. I’d thought I’d found the perfect shade of wood, but when I got it home and started scrubbing it and sanding it, I realized the grey tinge was just dirt. They may have a reddish bench, but at least it’s clean?