Cast iron awesomeness… a Victorian garden urn.

Update: we restored the urn.

I’ve been incredibly busy with important end-of-summer projects:

  • Vacation.
  • Recovering from vacation.
  • Shoving books into my head as fast as I can.

However, I’m never too busy to look on Craigslist for a new, unwieldy object of desire that I cannot live without.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Eight years after the fact… I finally get to write a wedding blog.

When I was little, we didn’t have a TV.  But sometimes, at my grandparents on Saturday nights, I was allowed to watch PBS.  Which is where I saw The King and I and Kiss Me Kate.  Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter…

And I fully expected that when I grew up, Howard Keel would come for me.

Hotel duPont, Wilmington, Delaware.  Our wedding reception in the gold ballroom. Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Anxiety and dread vs. Ballrooms and river views.

This is what I’ve learned:  Mortgage regulations for muli-family properties have changed drastically since the finance debacle/economic explosion.

Any property over 4 units automatically requires a commercial loan—regardless of whether it’s a commercial property.  So, at 7 units, this house is well into that territory.  And?  Commercial loans require 30% down.

Plus?  Banks in our state now require a property’s rental income to cover its expenses.  Which?  If you saw any of the photos?  You can see that any rent would be minimal.  And that actually we would have to pay someone to live there.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.