BREAKING NEWS: “we at ercol are just about to start making the day bed again.” -ercol
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Found it!
I saw this picture ages ago, but it was in a blog feed somewhere organized by color and didn't really go into the details of the picture (either that, or more likely, I didn't pay attention to the details and attribution).

(Sunday lounging by Christianna's Earthly Delights)

Here's another view of it:

I've been looking and looking and looking for the daybed and finally landed back on this page…its an Ercol vintage daybed.

See also:

(Ercol daybed by skinnylaminx)


(Ercol Daybed by Kokor Hekkus)

I'd put white canvas or linen covers on it and then toss a bunch of down filled kilim pillows all over it.
Such as these from Ten Thousand Villages:

Craigslist here I come.

Read about more Ercol studio daybeds:


Intel has decided to sponsor my life list.
I told you your jaw would hit the floor. I’ve known for months, and my brain is still catching up.

[Mighty Girl]

I’ve always had a life list, but Maggie gave me the idea to put it on my site… I can’t wait to see how her adventures play out.
In fact, I was just pondering today one of the items on mine… hiking the Cotswolds Way. I think its only a hundred miles long… might be easier to do than AT in Va if I don’t have 6-8 weeks free.

Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo

Sunday we spent the day at Mikey's having the pre-birthday celebration for Tex (cupcakes and puppy dog noses trying to get in the cupcakes) and was a pretty good day. We got back to the apartment and fed Bunny, who was acting pretty normal, though she started slowing down about an hour later and then her front leg seemed to fill with fluid very quickly.
She wasn't acting right so I carried her on to the bed to pet her.
Her leg was tender, it was swollen so it would be tender, but I couldn't find a break or a cut. But she also wasn't putting much weight on it, so there was something wrong.
She started acting disoriented, but not in pain and it was one of the things animals do before they die… I really couldn't deal with THAT decision right then, so I tried to get her to settle and talked to her to keep her calm.
I thought I was losing her.
I turned up the warming pad in her bed to keep her comfy and just talked to her for about an hour. I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that I was going to lose her at that point.
When she finally  stretched out on the heating pad and sighed a little Bunny sigh, I figured we were out of the woods. Poor little kitty doesn't have very much blood as it is, when she gets cold I supposed it gathers center mass and leaves her brain to its own devices. Also, her leg drained nicely and she rested for a while as long as I stayed there. So I didn't move.
I fell asleep sideways on the bed and woke up about 3 am with my legs killing me (from hanging over the side of the bed) and had to pee like mad. When I got up, she stood up, all perky-like, meowed and hopped off the bed as neat as you please to go to the kitchen for her 3am snack.
I was still worried about her the next morning even though she was moving around well, eating like a little lion and generally acting her normal self. Tex was home all day Monday, so I went to work and left her in his care (he was a wreck at this point). I called the vet and told them about what happened and asked my vet to call me back with a yay/nay on bringing her in for a look-see and also what her test results were from last time.

Eventually, my very tolerant and long suffering veterinarian calls me back and says that her numbers are improving, that we should keep all her medicines at current levels and to keep doing what I am doing. He wasn't as concerned about the fluid build up in her leg as it had already receded. He did agree with my theory about her getting cold and her internal pumps going a little cattywampus.
Then he said he really didn't need to see her for another 6 months.
This kind of floored me because I got the impression from his last visit, because he didn't give out a year’s prescription on the fluids and needles, that he didn't believe she had that long left… and she had lost a little more weight last time, I thought she was starting her final decline.
Such relief that I get to  be around her a lot more.
She's such a sweet little cat. She's smart, she's hilarious, she loves me and frankly after 18 years of having her around, I don't know what I will do without her. I was basically a different person when I got her.
So, I still have my little kitty and I'll do every thing I possibly can for her while she still wants to be here.
Punto; full stop.

Have I talked about her lineage?
I worked at a bookstore in Austin and worked with some seriously awesome people. Melvyn (his nickname, I have a thing for nicknames…you may have noticed) and Amy were roomies before Melvyn became my roomie. Amy had Peanut the cat who was a dark brown calico. She had a litter at one point and one of those kitties went to her brother Marshall in San Antonio. Marshall had a problem with not spaying his cats, so lucky for me, she had kittens; I asked for the runt and got Bunny.
She's part siamese, I believe, and part calico. I always hear that she is the most beautiful cat… and she is :) . She started off with dark ears and tail and the rest of her was white with cream spots. Gorgeous then and gorgeous now that she darkened up over time (that's siamese trait)  to dark brown, caramel and tan (calico markings). Silky fur and blue eyes…not to mention the siamese talkative thing. She's got quite the vocabulary. She even has special meows for different people; ring tones effectively.

I've mentioned before what weird luck I have. In fact, I wouldn't call it luck per se, but more along the lines of balance put upon me.
Something horrible happens and then something offsets it.
Bunny seemed like she was dying, then she was ok and I find out her numbers are actually very good.
or then what happened MON night…
My car's Check Engine light came on and I find out its just a little hose that we replaced summarily with a minimum of jostling… and I don't even have to use up my spare $100 part I keep in the car for the more common failure.

At 150k miles, the beast is a work horse. I love this car.
Its comfy, it gets reasonable gas mileage and its of a vintage that its still repairable by a non-dealer mechanic. (Even more awesome is the fact that Tex's nephew is my pet mechanic and we bribe him with computer parts and keep his machine going). I even have a spare ignition coil to fix it on the spot when I get that particular code showing on the code reader. However, it turned out not to be the case in this one. It was the mass airflow filter that we'd replaced a while back, and I didn't have a spare one of those…but Michael looked at it and said "Hmmm, this hose feels funny."
He replaced it and so far, so good. 

So, Bunny still trotting around nicely, the tension levels (well, Bunny related tensions) in the house have calmed (ants are back…grr. I don't want to move but Tex is insane when the ants show up. We'll see what happens.(read:if he wants to move my apartment full of crap, he'll get off his butt, go find a place and organize the money to do so himself. I'm busy taking care of Bunny and the rest of life right now.)) and I think I found a reasonable option for keeping her warm when the radiator is off. Summer is coming and in NorCal is COLD.
I got one of those pop-up dog crates. I turned it on its side so that one of the vents was under her, the other one, now on top, I covered with a dishtowel to keep the warm air in and then covered the whole thing with a beach towel for insulation.
Her warming pad and current towel I moved in wholesale and set it all on the couch.

She was not amused.

She walked in and stood there with her tail swishing in that I'm-irritated-with-you way and didn't move for a full minute. Then she turned around, walked out and then climbed all over me (I was sitting in the chair where her bed used to be.) and gave me The Look several times.
After about 45 minutes, she got in, turned around and lay down, but still gave me the look telling me that this wasn't over yet. (I called it "The Oven"… obvious joke of "The Bun is in The Oven" followed shortly after.)
I think that it will hold enough heat to keep her a bit more comfy, but I'm sure we'll tweak the setup over time and see if she starts to get used to it.

So, the plan for the next six months it to keep her weight up. We're talking ounces, so a regular scale is useless, she's not featherweight so a kitchen scale is too wimpy, and some of the larger scales seem overkill.
My fabulous find? A travel luggage scale. Works in ounces and is compact. I'll just stuff her in a carrier for a few minutes every few weeks and weigh her; I'm sure she'll love that.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention

I emailed YepRoc to see if I could buy the album in good conscience…

From fredlet:


I am fully and utterly disgusted with the RIAA and have decided recently that I won’t be contributing to their income ever again if I can help it at all.
(Yes, it is very painful as I am a music junkie and used to buy a LOT of music, but also am not a thief as the RIAA automatically assumes I am.)

What I would like to know is: are you in any way connected, contributing to or related to the RIAA?
I would like to buy an album from your label (Liam Finn) but by my own statement I can’t if the RIAA directly or indirectly profits from a sale.

Please let me know!

From YepRoc:

Hey Fredlet,
We are not a member of the RIAA. Here is a link to a full list of RIAA members.
Thanks for supporting Liam Finn and Yep Roc.

11Spot.com/Yep Roc

Liam Finn

(a.k.a music that does not profit the RIAA)
Buy it now.
Why? Cause he is the son of Neil Finn (you can hear it in his voice) and the nephew of Tim Finn (you can see it in his crazy) and the minute I heard the song I knew I had to have the album (actually, the minute I read his name, even before it was confirmed he was that Liam Finn from New Zealand, I knew I would have to have the album.)

Liam Finn

Viva YepRoc Records! | Liam Finn detail page

Finn’s melodies feel as if they were snatched from the ether, faintly familiar like the musical stowaways of a dream. His lyrics sit latent, only making their meaning known when you stop trying to interpret them. His innovative future-vintage approach to his craft and his strict hands-on creative philosophy are two reasons he remains one of the most authentic and talented independent artists on today’s musical landscape. While his groundbreaking one-man live shows and stirringly addictive songwriting have had him on the lips of tastemakers for some time, the release of I’ll Be Lightning is sure to secure his place as one of the brightest and most meaningful creative forces in music today.

Edit: the more I listen to the album (you can stream it from YepRoc’s site) I REALLY hear Tim Finn in his voice. I’m sure its tremendously irritating for people to invoke the Finn legacy, but I’ve been so bonkers over those two for so long and I know their voices and their nuances from 20 years of music (Split Enz, solo works, Crowded House, Finn Brothers, more solo work, more Crowded House), I love the fact that there is MORE.
Too much is not enough.

Edit: It makes me sad to say that Crowded House is on Capitol Records, a member of the RIAA so no more Crowded House for me. Jeebus, that is PAINFUL.
Find other Crowdie-like music that is RIAA safe here.

Mercury Retrograde Tales

Busy last couple of days.

As I was driving out of the parking lot at work, my car decided to let me know it wasn’t happy.
Beastie had been running a mite rough the last day or so and I was wondering if my gas pump had finally decided to die (I changed the gas filter on it a while back – pretty blocked – and my pet mechanic said that generally the gas pump was the next thing to go on a line that had been that blocked since it had to work so hard to pump.) When you drive a stick shift you can REALLY feel any sort of roughness in the engine or idle.
Anyhoo, I just turned around and parked him back at work and called Tex to see if I could lure him over the bay for dinner and a ride home.
Luckily, I could grab my computer and work at home one day while arranging for my pet mechanic to go pay a house call…erm…garage call on Beastie (since public transit options from Oakland to the job is about a 2 hour each way and $10/day endeavor…so much for the planet if they make it this hard to reduce emissions. Don’t even get me started about my 10 year long argument with my Representatives.)

Just in case I looked into buying another car if it was going to be a $4k repair for Beastie. As much as I DON’T want a car payment, spending that on Beast right now might not be the most reasonable option. The current plan is to drive Beast until he explodes in an irretrievable lump of molten Honda and then buy a used CR-V (the current model). I have been dropping the occasional $20 into an envelope for a new car someday and I am also putting any bridge fare that I save when I carpool or work at home ($4/day, baby!>>~$12 a week) for this. I figure it will help a little. But that item isn’t scheduled for another 2 years at least.I don’t want to add another $300 a month (or more) to the budget when I am busy pounding the crap out of my credit cards.
The good news is that I didn’t get myself excited over the new CR-V(~$22k new) or even the Fit(~$15k new) while I was looking around-just the numbers was enough to make my money sphincter get all bunchy.

Long story short; it was the ignition coil (a different position this time) and not a horrid fix. I managed to get a part overnighted to the dealer and picked it up, Tex helped me put it in (hadn’t watched the last time) and have a suitable thank you for my mechanic (gaming keyboard on order now…). Total cost 150 for the part,40 for tools, 40 for the keyboard and 20 for dinner. Not too bad.

I did get a tiny little tool case for the car (I removed most of my trunk of stuff a while ago in the interest of gas mileage, yes, the jumper cables are still in there along with spare blankies, walking shoes (for short notice) and a few jackets.). Its not pink but it satisfies my cute requirement, looks like a scaled down version of the regular tool cases and I put the special tools (long reach ratchet and proper size for the ignition coil screws) for fixing that problem. If something else comes up, and I can fix it, they will go in as well.
I think Tex has it in his head to get me a code reader for my birthday… cool!

I think I can do it next time; not that I want to… I don’t like engine gunk. Ew.
Note to self: get some handy wipes or gloves for the toolkit.

Funny aside:When I ordered the part, the parts guy said “You know how to put in an ignition coil?” “Sure.” “Cool!”

Not really Merc Rx related, but somewhat the “Year of the Cheap Bastard(TM)” related. I know I said I was going to stop buy clothes, but at Target they were clearancing out the hoodie sweaters I fell in love with for $4.74, so I bought 2. I can wear them to work, so I didn’t feel terribly guilty and I just won’t go to Starbuck’s for another 2 times (not that I go that often. the perks of having been a Barista is that I know how to work the latte. You will cry with the goodness.)