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Admiring our cupola

Exterior, Major Projects

Though we’re stubbornly leaving the windows open at night and resisting long sleeves, it’s evident that fall is closer than we think. I could see my breath this morning, and had to wipe the dew from my car windows. The air is crisper; sunsets are earlier. Our (half-unhooked) radiators are blissfully unaware of how soon they’ll be called back into commission!

I love fall in Upstate. It is, without a doubt, my favorite season. Working at a University, I get to watch that first-day-of-school excitement unfold. I miss that feeling, the opportunity for a fresh start and the energy of all the possibilities the year could bring.I need some of that energy if we’re going to get all our fall projects done before the snow flies!!

Teague ticked one off the list last night though; our cupola now has 8 fully-intact window panes. We got our custom panes from Madison Glass, a small little shop right in town that takes very good care of us. They also run a dry-cleaning service out of the shop – which seems an odd pairing. How many people need glass AND well-pressed pants all at once? Gotta love small town life.

The cupola started out boarded up, so it has come a long way. Here is the “before”:


And some “durings” – I’ll call them during’s because next year we plan to paint the house and will restore any rotted woodwork on the cupola at that point.

House 007

House 008

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Derek Canavan had this to say on 09.01.06:

Looks Awesome!

John had this to say on 09.01.06:

The cupola is looking great.

I think the strangest pairing I’ve ever seen in a store was “Hair Cuts and Hand Guns” down in the ghetto (Little Rock, early 1990’s).

A girl I knew in college brought us a photo of an even better one in Wisconsin: “Cheese, Taxidermy, and Bait.”

Mindy had this to say on 09.01.06:

Haha – awesome.

Reminds me of my mother-in-law’s find in Maine, the “Fish’n Optician – Lobster & Eyeglasses”:

Jocelyn had this to say on 09.01.06:


purejuice had this to say on 09.02.06:

i’ve always loved cupolas and i’m glad you’re restoring yours. i’m thrilled, actually — i’m always intrigued and touched by little funky hidey hole places. what’s the view like from up there? can you see the pacific? nantucket sound?

Mindy had this to say on 09.05.06:

purejuice -unfortunately we’re not that close to the coast. I wish! Our cupola just lets us overlook the surrounding neighborhood and spy on our neighbors. I love hidey-hole places too. As a kid I used to love hiding under beds or curling up beneath the christmas tree; feeling all safe and cozy in a tiny space is fun. The cupola will make the perfect reading niche or mini art studio.

One day we hope to install a little spiral staircase or pull-down stairs so that we can get up there easily. Now that we’ve got wiring running up to it, we’re going to put fake candles in the windows. We want to make sure everyone notices it!

Kristin had this to say on 09.07.06:

The cupola looks wonderful, even though it makes me gnash my teeth in envy. I, too, am a hidey hole lover. :)

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