Saturday, June 3, 2017

settling into summer






We're settling into our summer routine around here. Durango's arthritis prevents us from venturing too far--short walks in the park, tennis ball games in the yard. None the less, he's happy, enjoying every day, and that's what counts.






I've been restoring my grandparents' shortwave radio. I even came across the original receipt for the radio and an old photo of said radio in my grandparents' living room. (That's my mom in the photo!)

A few facts I learned while researching the radio. It's the Philco 42-380X 1942 model but it came out in June of 1941. There were 103,225 made. It had eight tubes (all still there) and received AM, police, and shortwave. Can you imagine gathering around the radio to listen to the news of WW2?

We're still working on the guts of this beast. When Mr Sage plugged it in all the lights lit up and we could hear faint background noise but then something started smoking like crazy. Turns out it was the transformer. I'm guessing it overheated back in the day and that's what led to the warping of the bakelite faceplate. I did find a guy who makes replacement vintage radio faceplates but we still need to locate another transformer.




Once I had the radio cabinet finished and speaker installed, the project was not complete without Nipper and his gramophone on display. They're little salt and pepper shakers that belonged to my grandmother. Nipper reminds me of Lucky....

And.....AND.....it's not nearly as hot as it was this time last year. That means I'm in a better mood. ;)

How's your summer coming along?





 



16 comments:

  1. I love that you have the receipt! What a great project and it's special being so close to home. I can imagine gathering around the radio, listening intently to world news. How special. Love the salt & pepper shaker! Perfect!
    Durango is as handsome as ever! Happy to hear he is doing well and enjoying himself. I know you treasure each day with him:-)
    Settling in to summer...you make it sound almost fun. I know better! Hear comes the heat! Ugh...
    xxSheree

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    1. The receipt....I was so happy to come across it! Little things like that really give life to story of the radio.
      Oh, and don't let my somewhat optimistic attitude about summer fool you. I'm just more than thankful we haven't had the heat (yet) that we had last year. I know it's coming....but every day under 100 degrees is a good day, right?
      Thanks for your comments about Durango. He's such a good boy and he loves his walks in the park.
      How is your pack doing? Have the foot issues resolved themselves?
      Give them all a hug from the Sage clan!
      xx

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    2. Our little pack is doing as well as a bunch of old dogs can do:-) Lily Belle amazes me with her energy level. She is 8 and I guess that's only middle age for a chihuahua. Hugs all around and they said thank you!
      We are looking forward to one last cool weekend coming up. Next weekend is shooting up to over 100 it looks like! Augh!!!!
      xxYour Fellow Heat Hater!

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    3. You've given Miss Lily Belle a whole new life! No wonder she's so energetic!
      Durango and Pinto had their Adequan shots today. It seems to help him--a little--but the best part is that he gets BACON on shot day!

      Our temps are inching upward too. Still haven't hit 100 and I am sooo thankful for that.
      Stay cool out that way and we'll do the same here!
      xx

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  2. Wow...what a beautiful piece to have! That is a piece to treasure always. I love that you added the salt and pepper shakers to the top....too cute. Sorry poor Durango is suffering. I have noticed the past yr that Dakota's age is starting to show with the gray hair and moving slower up the stairs. I even have a chair pulled closer to the bed for him to jump on so it is easier for him to jump over on the bed.

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    1. I'm really thankful to have family heirlooms like the old Philco radio. It keeps a little of the family history alive.
      Durango says thanks for caring and he hopes Dakota continues to do well chasing squirrels! Sometimes I have to give Durango a boost onto the bed....my husband made a pet step for him but do you think he'll use it? ;)

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  3. How absolutely wonderful!! And I just love that you have a photo of your mom standing next to the radio as well!! Maybe eBay would have the part you're looking for?? I can't tell you how much my Brady looks like your Durango. I tried to take a photo of Brady before but he wouldn't cooperate. I wanted to get him in a position with his head over the edge of the bed like the photo you posted. Brady has longer lab ears but they still look so much alike. He'll be 12 the end of October. It's been much cooler than normal here as well and I'm loving it!! : ) xoxo

    ~ Wendy

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    1. I haven't tried ebay yet. We're reading up on schematics for the radio and looking at collector's blogs for help and parts. It's been quite a little journey getting this old radio back into working order.
      And Durango....he's not known for cooperating with the photo shoots. I usually have to bribe him with goldfish! (Crackers, that is.)
      I'm so glad the weather is a little cooler so far this year. Last year just about put me over the edge....
      xx

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  4. Hello Summer! :) Hope it continues to stay mild for a while… Oh, you are amazing at giving life and love to those family heirlooms. Wonderful ….. xx!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! Seems I can't get enough of working with the antiques. As long as the weather stays mild, I'll be outside restoring away!
      x

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  5. How fantastic! And yes, to listen to the news from the War coming through the speaker, I can picture that. How nostalgic.
    You love old things. You have a knack for finding them and this is so special.
    Yesterday while driving through one of the wild horse ranges, way out in the middle of NOWHERE, lies an old record player, right there in the dirt and sagebrush! You would have loved seeing that.
    Well, throw a tennis ball to Durango for me. He's so loved and that Rez dog deserves to be pampered. I'm glad the days have been mild. When mama's happy, everybody's happy!
    x

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    1. Wow! Don't you just wonder how that record player got there? If only these old things could talk, right?
      Threw a couple of balls to Durango and he caught them for you. We've had pretty reasonable weather for NM lately.....and we have not hit 100 degrees yet! (Knock on wood.) Happy happy!!
      x

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  6. yes....i thought the exact same thing before i read your words :: nipper reminds me of lucky.
    so glad you are tending to durango's needs and limitations. sometimes we have to do that, for our loved ones *and for ourselves.
    lovin' that old radio!! so glad you are giving it new life....!!

    xx

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    1. I'm enjoying tending to my big boy. He is so darn sweet. Plus, it's good medicine for all of us to see him happy.
      Thanks for the radio comment! It's been quite a project. I cannot wait till the day I can sit down and listen to it!
      xx

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  7. Summer here in Nashville is not anything special right now. Rains, storms and heat....Loving your babies. Those faces are so sweet and the one favors my Dakota so much. So sweet. Great shot of the jar of marbles. I have been seeing a lot of those at antique shops in ball jars. Thinking of picking a jar up for my brother, he turns 60 in 2 days...and he played with marbles all the time growing up.

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    1. I love old marbles! Definitely buy some for your brother!
      The heat is supposed to top out today and then cool down to the 90's. Even 90 will be a welcome relief after this week!

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