Kinda sad, but it was a lot of headaches. When my grandmother died it was divided between my mother and her three brothers and it lead to all sorts of bad feelings towards each other. Then they drove a new freeway smack through the middle of it and it stopped being a "farm" and was just "land".
Anyhow, glad to be rid of it, and the cash in hand before the tax rate goes up. Now I'll invest it in something terribly droll, and boring, and safe until we know what happens when the nation falls over the "Fiscal Palisades", as I like to call it.
So that is the end.
This is the beginning anew:
My other project was that we got the love seat (actually, it's a real Federal era settee) out of the basement. Now that we have room for it, it was time to remove it from storage and get it up and back to the living.
This poor piece of furniture has been resurrected so many times that I've started calling it "Jesus Christ".
My mother's great great great grandparents brought it with them in wagon when they crossed over the Cumberland Gap and headed to Ohio in 1804. Somehow it made it to our branch, and it was used an abused for generations. At some point, my great grandmother stored it in the old farm house at the farm that my mother grew up in. Then in the 1960s, Mom drove down to Marion, and sick of seeing it and the house it was in crumbling before her eyes, she threw it in the back of the convertible Impala and transported it to Shaker Heights.
My father took it to one of his famous "friends", an upholsterer with a rap sheet, who ripped off the original fabric (mostly threadbare) ruined the finish, stripped the gold leaf from the carved arms and "antiqued" it baby shit brown. And why did people "antique" antique furniture in the 1960s?
When Mom heard about that, she was p-i-s-s-e-d. She drove that Impala down there, put the down the top in the dead of winter, and had them put in the back of car and she drove it home where the frame, complete with the horsehair stuffing, sat for years. My father was mad too. He sold the Impala and bought her a Riviera - a car with a fixed roof that she couldn't haul crap around in.
In the 1980s, she finally had it recovered, and used it for years, and when she and my step father married, the husband and I rented a van and schlepped it back down to Columbus and it lived in our basement because we didn't have any room for it. Then my friend Simina needed furniture for her home, so lent it to her. She and I got in a fight (and we haven't spoken in years) and when I went to reclaim it, she had left her cats use it for a litter box and sharpening station for their claws. So into our basement it went for 10 years until last week when we brought it up.
Here's the before and the after:
I thought the upholstery was cheeky. Not the greatest job, but it works. We'll sit on it for a few days, then I'll pull the staples out, re-stretch it and put on the French gimp. Something nice to draw visitors into the Sun Room.
So its the end of the old and beginning of the old made new again...