Moving Emporium, Latvian House, Veterans Photos, Glowbowl, Romantic Dinner
I knew I’d be close to the end of January for writing my blog, but I actually missed the deadline tonight. I came home and needed to crash before I finishing writing. I’d like to say it’s been a quiet time of adjusting for the family since we lost my dad, but we have hardly had time to think. My brother and I spent hours after work today clearing out the folks garage. We wanted to take advantage of the last ‘warm’ day. This week in addition we shuffled 3 patio sets and 2 lawn mowers and several banquet tables between four locations. We have been sorting through the parents old house, mostly throwing away a lot of paperwork. And I mean A LOT OF PAPERWORK. Pop saved everything. The tax papers went back to the early sixties. He even saved the instruction books…sheesh. But we also found some treasures; like the original documents from when his family applied for sponsorship to the US. The forms are the size of index cards with a mini negative of each of their chest x-rays stapled to the front. Also found my Latvian grandfathers diploma from 1926 and several photos and articles I had not seen before. That was exciting. And then there were all of our childhood school report cards, and old art projects. Neat to see again.
Next weekend we will be hosting a Moving Sale / Memorial Emporium. Stop by 6720 W Bluemound Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53213 on Feb 9-11 from 9-4pm to find your treasures. There are enough tools to open a hardware store. It’s a handyman’s paradise. I can’t believe it all came out of Pop’s 6’ x 9’ workshop. It was always crowded back there…but, seriously, it looked like the proverbial clown car with 1000’s of items pouring out of it. Gary, my fabulous brother in law, and nephew Luke are responsible for organizing all of it. There are tables full of hammers and wrenches, saws, sanders, a pipe threader, jars and jars and jars of nails and screws, and other stuff we are not so sure of. My dad worked with his father, who ran an automotive station on Vliet St - the very same one that my mom had a flat tire in front of when they met. He also did carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work. So the tools piled up. Then there are the left behind craft items and sewing stuff from my mom. And her beautiful oil paintings! We’ll sell some of them, too. There are really nifty vintage cameras that would make great displays for a collector. We also have antique tables, assorted kitchen gadgets and glassware, Kirby vacuums, yard furniture, a mower, blower, edger, and garden tools, etc. And an entire electronics graveyard, including an 8-Track tape player and stacks of old records. Not sure who would want the stereos. Let me know if you have any ideas. They might be fun to smash.
A few weeks ago the Latvian House of Milwaukee officially closed. It was built in the sixties and was the host of many concerts, dinners and other events over the years and many happy childhood memories for me. They held a farewell dinner and auction of Latvian art, jewelry, weaving and pottery. I scored some amazing finds! The building was sold in a land contract, so they will be able to continue to rent the facility as needed for large events. On Friday I'm setting up the Veterans photography from the workshop I did last fall. It will be on display at the War Memorial from Feb 5-23, with a noon reception on Feb 15. Hope you can come out and support the guys - it was a fun exhibit to put together. The faux finish job I did for my friends Carla and Tom Shircel came with the best bonus gifts ever! Carla not only paid me, but gave me one of her hand made soaps in the shape of angel wings, an engraved prayer rock, a large blue bottle of Hawaiian vodka and a GLOW BOWL! Yes, my stylish motion detector toilet now radiates groovy colors in the dark when you walk by. We are cool.
If you love amazing food and romance (and who doesn’t?) consider “El Corazon de Espana” with Chef Ana. It will consist of 8 expertly prepared courses and pairings to ‘fan the flames of love’. She says so, and I believe it to be true. There will be live Latin Jazz by our old friends VIVO. The location is the surprising Relics Vintage Warehouse in Walkers Point. I’ll be there as event photographer. I promise to make you look good. And speaking of looking good, my wonderful handsome hubby Tom Burgermeister has been so supportive while I have been losing my mind this past month. Thanks, honey! I love you.
Hope to see many of you at the House Sale!
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Pottery from the Latvian House
Abstract won at auction by Latvian artist Aina Kinens
Other cool art in the auction
Immigrant papers with chest x-ray
My dad as a child refugee
Veterans photo exhibit flyer
Faux painting by Carla and Tom