Hope all is well for you today. I am feeling pretty excited... My aunt, Teresa (my dad's sister), asked me a while ago if I wanted this daybed/trundle bed that had belonged to my great aunt, Marcella (she was my dad's mother's sister).
I have always loved this daybed, and Aunt Marcella had told me I could have it someday. When she died, Teresa wanted it, so I didn't say anything. I thought that she, being Marcella's niece, should have it. But I did mention if she ever got rid of it, I would be interested in it.
Well, she's ready to get rid of it. I would really love to have it. I want to recover the cushion and make new pillows. I am thinking the cushion would look so pretty wrapped in a quilt. I want to put this in the den/study. Then, we'd have extra sleeping space when we have guests. I could see my brother or sister visiting and staying in the guest room. Their kids could sleep on this trundle bed (there is another mattress, I believe, that pulls out--or at least there used to be) in the study across the hall. I just need to measure in the study to see if it will fit okay.
I find it funny that I want this piece of furniture after I just got done complaining that we have too much stuff! Perhaps this is why we have too much stuff! My parents will probably sigh and roll their eyes at me. (They are always telling me we have too much stuff.) As we move furniture into this house, there are certain pieces that are staying in the garage, and we'll have another garage sale before summer's end. As college students are coming into town, I think I should be able to get rid of some furniture. :-)
There is an interesting story about this daybed. It has been in our family for a long time, and Aunt Marcella told me that it came over on the boat from Germany with some of our distant relatives. At one time, it was stored in a barn that had a dirt floor and the bottom part of the legs rotted a bit. Someone just chopped off the legs a little to get rid of the rotted part.
Thank you so much to Aunt Teresa and Uncle Bill for thinking of me with this daybed. I am very excited about it. I love family heirlooms, and this will go nicely with some of our other furniture. I'll keep you posted on it. I think Papa Pea may want to refinish it (and it may need refinishing...). I foresee a trip to Iowa to pick up this daybed in my near future...
Until next time,