Wild Olive

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Photo courtesy of Wild Olive’s website.

I usually do out on the town type posts on Fridays but it occurred to me that people might make their Friday night plans on Thursday. With that in mind, I give you Wild Olive. Located on John’s Island and just down the road from one of my favorites, the Fat Hen, Wild Olive serves up some excellent Italian cuisine.

This spacious restaurant features a good size bar, a communal seating area near the bar, a small room off to the front of the building with a nice view of the outdoors and two other larger seating areas. With warm colors, hanging grapes and comfortable seating options, you will feel right at home.

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Photo courtesy of Wild Olive’s website.

Of course though, I must not forget about the food. Last week when we went we had some warm olives for an appetizer. I do not like olives but I decided to try this novelty and was glad I did. The various olives were tasty and the cloves of garlic they had marinating in oil along with the olives were yummy too.

For dinner I had chicken parmesan, a friend had the fish special and another friend had one of their signature pasta dishes. We all pronounced our food delicious and can’t wait to go back and try something else.

So, if you are looking for a good dinner place this weekend, whether you have been before or not, Wild Olive should be on your list!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Glueing

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One project I have had a bit of stamina to work on lately is this dresser. This is an “after we brought it home” picture but a “before I hosed it down and scrubbed on it in the front yard” picture.

Once I cleaned it up, I brought it in the house to let the moisture and musty smell dissipate.

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Next on the list was glueing the veneer back to the dresser drawers and on the top. I am currently on drawer number three and it is coming along quite nicely.

I bought these Bessey clamps at Lowe’s and they have been wonderful! I originally had only one clamp, the one in the middle and it was slow going. With the new 4-pack of clamps though I have been able to glue more securely and a little quicker too.

The best feature of these clamps is that the plastic feet come off. This makes it easier to get a grip on a drawer like this when you are glueing the sides and the  bottom of the drawer is in the way. Without the orange foot, you can get a better grip. You can see this pretty well in the picture if you look at the clamp all the way on the left.

So, if you need clamps for simple glueing projects, I definitely recommend these Bessey clamps.

Happy Wednesday y’all.

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Sorry I have been missing my posts. I have still been under the weather a little and working on furniture has not been in the cards. Today I had a bit of pep though so I worked on one of the Office Chairs. Now that they both have been painted, distressed, waxed and buffed, I decided to add some foam to one of them.

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It was slow going at first but then I got the feel for it and stapled my way around the chair and cut the excess foam.

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Next will be to cover it with upholstery.

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I am looking forward to doing this. My only concern is in the back of the seat where the ribs of the chair . . .

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bow inwards. It is hard to get the nose of the gun in there to staple stuff down. So, I will be figuring that out next.

Happy Tuesday!

Found Fun

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My step-mom sent me a link to a fun post from Twisted Sifter called “50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things.”

I thought I would share my favorites with you.

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#17. Use post-it notes as a collector when you are drilling.

I wish I had read this several years ago. I can’t count the number of times I have had to haul out the vacuum cleaner after drilling a hole in the wall.

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#29. Turn an old bike into a bathroom counter.

Don’t know what you do when the tires go flat but I sure think the look is cool.

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#47. Transform and old chair into a towel rack and shelf.

I can’t wait to find an old chair and make this!

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And the Honorable Mention goes to #36. Use old picture frame corners like tiles.

I think it is a little busy; however, this person gets some major points for creativity in my book! Plus, that house just looks beautiful.

Hope y’all have had a great Tuesday!

The Knowland Retribution

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51UvBJrnNsL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_I Read another good book this past week – The Knowland Retribution by Richard Greener. If you are missing someone, Walter Sherman, The Locator, can find them! You might have watched the one season of a series called “The Finder” on Fox (created by Hart Hanson, the creator of “Bones”). If you did, then you will be happy to know that the idea for that series came from this book.

I love books that jump back and forth to different points in the story but still manage to weave a cohesive picture in your mind of what is happening. Greener mastered this in The Knowland Retribution. From snippets about some Wall Street investment bankers eager to save a deal to passages with a man who loses it all when his family, while he is away, shares some weekend hamburgers. This book makes stops in New Mexico, The Caribbean, New York, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Massachusetts and keeps you rolling with it the whole way.

Greener wrote another book about The Locator last year called “The Lacey Confession.” Though  my library does not carry it, I will definitely read it. I like Walter Sherman. The character in the book is very different than the character in the T.V. series but I like him anyway and want to see what happens to him next.

Hope y’all have a great Monday.

Shadow of Night

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timthumb.phpLast Monday I told you about A Discovery of Witches and I mentioned the next book, Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. Well, I finished Shadow of Night over the weekend and boy did I have a hard time putting it down last week while I was reading it.

A Discovery of Witches was well written and a good introduction to the trilogy but I enjoyed Shadow of Night even more. I like stories about time travel and love history so I really enjoyed Harkness’ take on Elizabethan London. She brought a lot of description to the daily lives of people during the period and those descriptions set the stage for a fast-paced story as the main characters raced against time, monarchs and pyres.

So, head to your library, your favorite book store or the internet and pick up the first two books in the All Souls Trilogy. Like I said before, you won’t be disappointed!

Chicken Classes

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Image from Chicken Lover Life. Click picture for more information.

A while ago I wrote a post about how “Chickens are all the Rage.” I soon realized I was not the only one who thought having chickens in the back yard was a fun idea. After I wrote that post, a neighbor put in a chicken coop and populated it with about ten chickens. I then noticed a couple of roosters crowing at two different homes in our neighborhood. Backyard chickens have definitely caught on!

So, I was excited to see that the County Park here is offering a couple of classes about chickens.

The first is called Backyard Chickens. It is tomorrow morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The class is “an introduction to backyard chicken basics from rules of engagement and preparing your yard to selecting your birds and keeping them happy.” The fee is $36 or $30 with a CCR Discount.

The second class is on building a chicken coop. This is a

“hands-on workshop on how to build your own backyard chicken coop. Participants will work together to construct a simple chicken coop.” The class meets July 20 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The fee is $42 or $35 with a CCR Discount.

These classes are part of their “Stewardship Series.” They are also offering a class on “Backyard Composting” and “Rainwater Harvesting 101.” Click here and scroll to page 5 to get all the information on this series.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!