Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shopping Again

After our binge last year, I've been trying not to spend money on the house this winter. But this month we've been looking around our main floor and we had a few glaringly modern items we really wanted to replace with more traditional style options.

The first to arrive was this Pyle music player. I looked far and wide for a player in wood that could handle iPods; this was the only one I found. It's a little larger than I wanted because it also has a record player (though we don't own a single record), but it was the best value I found.
The iPod plugs in over on the side.
The main drawback of this player over the Apple Hi-Fi system is it doesn't charge the iPod so you can only listen so long, and then you need to go find a place to plug in and charge your iPod. This is what the old system looked like, so I think it's a bit of an improvement.
I also bought this neat phone based on a 1911 design.
But I have now detected a slight oversight in our remodel planning—phone jacks. We use remote phones, so phone jacks just weren't part of the planning. In fact, this house used to have quite a few phone jacks, but they were those big, ugly plastic boxes tacked onto the wall, so all of them, but one in the den, were removed during the remodel. Oops. I think we need to put a phone jack back in just for this phone. Hmm, wouldn't it be fun to put in an old fashioned phone nook . . . like this one. Maybe someday.
I also found a neat wastebasket made from recycled lath boards. Compared to many of the other handmade wastebaskets I've seen, this was a bargain ($10 + shipping). I bought it from a local person, so I've written to see if they've got more. Now I'm trying to decide what to do for a liner; perhaps a washable fabric sleeve that fits inside.


  1. Sadly, I have a modern iHome that isn't compatible with my iPod and won't charge it, either. I don't really understand why that would be the case, but it is. Sad. I feel your pain.

  2. I was very ticked off when the new iPods were not compatible with the old iHomes and that's why we stopped upgrading our iPods. But, alas, they are dying one-by-one and we'll be forced soon to upgrade them all.