The Good: Sami went to the door warehouse on Thursday to inspect the third front door and we did accept it. It does have sunken nail holes but not as bad as the last one and only on the inside which I hope really is the inside this time but it didn’t have any paint blisters or other finish imperfections. I can train myself to overlook the sink holes on the inside and from the outside if we are to be judged by the integrity of our door, it will look like we are first quality people. which is where my interest lies.
The door gets installed Tuesday, along with the window and garage door trims. Which are made of plastic. And I’m worried that they will be brittle from the cold air and crack at the first application of the drill. It’s always something.
The Bad: Oy, the lampshade saga. I have spared you the deliberations I conducted about how to properly adorn my prized Modern Orchid table lamp – cut to the chase: I selected a Fancy Oval Bell Silk Shantung Lamp Shade With Round Cut Corners. This is perfect, don’t you see, because the wide panel on the front of the shade matches the wide panel on the front of the lamp and the round cut corners match the shape of the lamp base. Also the oval shape means that the shade will have a thinner profile in the front and won’t be likely to overlap the boundaries of the small nightstand it will be placed on.
But when the shade got here, it wasn’t oval at all – it was round. I know – right!? The vendor was very good and refunded all of my money and sent a pre-paid packing slip so back it went. I flirted for a while with a round shade that had a scalloped bottom but one fine day I came across a Fancy RECTANGULAR Bell Silk Shantung Lamp Shade With Round Cut Corners. This one was even better because the bottom dimensions were 17″ across the side and 12″ front to back. I searched for the best price and got a really sweet deal at Hayneedle. The last one in stock, apparently.
It was delivered this week and this morning, I started to cut away the protective plastic from the shade and the first panel that was revealed had a big glue blob partly on the panel and partly on the bottom trim. Big as in a 3/4″ drip. I cut away to reveal on more panel and this one had small drips of glue in the middle of the panel. I cannot live with this because it is on the side of the shade that faces the bed and I would see it every morning when I opened my eyes.
I am getting very good at asking for refunds/refusing to pay for bad merchandise so there’s going to be a discussion with Hayneedle on Monday morning.
Now I don’t even know anymore. Maybe I should go with the scallops? I don’t even know anymore.
The Waiting To Be Beautiful: Everything else is waiting to be beautiful. I can hardly wait to bust out my cobbled-together Nativity set. The set was a $10 bargain of main figures only that made by a German toy company and so I was able to supplement animals from their farm series. The one thing I could never find from that company, though, was a suitable representation of the Gloria angel. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Gloria angel has fallen out of contemporary favor and only exists now in very expensive sets or very large sets suitable for church display.
I’ve always avoided the Fontanini Nativities because they are so 1. bombastic and 2. Italian countryside-ish. I’m glad that my life mate has as much passion for a Nativity scene as I do, but since he insists on geographical accuracy, I’ve long ago grown tired of defending the Dickensian Christmas images and got rid of the snow-covered bottlebrush pine trees. I am not about to place myself in a position where I’d have to defend Bethlehem villagers carrying around clusters of grapes, shepherds bonking the sheep or the too-obvious pride that went into sculpting the Roman centurions.
But I admit defeat about Gloria so I turned to eBay to look for a properly scaled Fontanini angel for the small nativity display that is so dear to me. eBay has revealed to me an Italian company that looks like they do Fontanini-ish knock-offs , which means smaller prices and greater availability. And it was from that source that I found a this sweet little 2 1/2″ Gloria.
The size and coloring is perfect and it has a proper hanging hole on the back, which not all of the Fontaninis do. And guess what else I found? Palm trees! That ought to make a certain Mideastern someone happy.