I am reaching out with a house update and a need for some help.
First off, things are cranking right along in the basement. All the walls have been framed in, all the plumbing and electrical have been roughed in, the bathroom fixtures have arrived.
Did you know that toilets come in a toilet shaped cardboard box? Neither did I. I'm delighted to add it to the list of new discoveries.
Nearly every day Charming Suitor and I go downstairs to look at the bathtub-to-be. Our current bathtub is more of a bathpuddle. It is a 1978 corner tub, an oval that is about a foot deep and two and a half feet long, so effectively, a really good place to soak your butt, the backs of your thighs, and two inches of lower back. The future tub is 6 feet long by three feet wide by 22 inches deep. A SOAKER. In which you can actually soak all of you. We are counting days.
Now that we can see the skeleton of the walls, it really feels like things are happening. My dad, who has been enjoying our tales of some of the things we have been finding inside the walls as we demo made a great suggestion. We should plant some things in some of the walls so that in another hundred years when another family is making the place their own, they will have a little bit of a record of us.
Not a time capsule, per se, all neat and in a convenient container. Nope, we are talking about flotsam and jetsam, simply put inside the occasional nook or cranny, to get dusty and age worn and maybe tell someone in the future who we were.
Which is a very cool idea. And one that I thought you all would be great to help with!
So...in the spirit of holiday giving, I have prizes! The top five suggestions of cool things that CS and I could plant here and there in hidey holes for future generations will all get a gift copy of my digital cookbook, Big Delicious Life.
And our number one favorite suggestion will also get a signed advanced copy of my new novel Recipe for Disaster. Since the heroine of Recipe for Disaster is living in the half-finished ruin of the house she is renovating, and something she finds in a wall literally changes the course of her life, it seemed appropriate.
So, please make your suggestions in the comments by 11:49PM Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Morning, I will announce the winners like a little giftie in your stockings.
Please note...we are not looking to spend a lot of money, and anything that is technology will be WAY defunct by the time anyone might find it, so please keep your suggestions to things you think would tell someone something about us, or about the time in which we live, and isn't going to cost us a fortune!
Yours in Good Taste,