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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


My New (Old) Type Cabinet

So, here it is, my very own type cabinet:

One dirty cabinet

(It has all the trays--I had already taken a couple out when I took the picture.) Here's a close-up of the incredible layer of dust:

Before dusting

I wish I'd thought to take a picture of it in situ at the warehouse. Anyhow, I took all the trays out and started cleaning. First I dusted with a swiffer duster, and then scrubbed with Murphy's Oil Soap and water.

In this picture, the top tray is dusted, while the bottom one has been washed.

Scrubbed vs dusted

And then I gave it all a good rubdown with some furniture polish with orange oil. Here the left tray is scrubbed and the right polished:

Scrubbed vs. polished

and here is the cabinet, looking much better:

Cleaned up

The wood on the trays is particularly pretty. Nothing like decades of use to bring a nice smooth patina to a piece of wood....

A polished tray

I let it all soak in for a while, buffed it up some more, and then brought it all in and reassembled it in the office. It looks great!! I can't wait to load it up with paper :-)

In place

In use!

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