Wow! I just looked and noticed my last post was three-months ago! It is probably no coincidence that the school year started then, lol! One of my goals for this year is to write a blog post once a month, and hopefully, twice a month. You know me and my goal setting!
Someone asked me where I most enjoyed writing. While I love being outside journaling, the nitty-gritty writing gets done at my grandmother's desk. According to my late uncle, this desk was purchased in the early 20th century from the May D & F store in Denver, Colorado. The D & F stands for Daniels and Fisher.
David May founded the May Company in Leadville, Colorado in 1877. He moved the business to Denver in 1888. Prior to that, the Daniels & Fisher Company store had been founded in Denver in 1864. The two businesses merged in 1957, and became May D & F. I am not sure which company actually sold the desk to my grandparents.
I did a bit of research and found out this style of desk is called a "bureau." I also saw some current values on these desks. I think my grandparents would be astounded, as I know they lived modestly their entire lives.
As you can see, the front of the desk folds down to provide an ample writing surface. It creaks a bit when I am writing, but it is quite sound and solid. There is also a very spacious drawer that is hidden by the fold-down front in the photo. The drawer still has its original (probably brass) round drawer pulls, and a row of (probably brass) beading on the bottom of the curved drawer front.
The best part of this desk, however, are the many cubby holes to stash stuff in. As you can see, I love pens of all colors and varieties. I still do much of my writing by hand, hence there are pencils and erasers, note cards and sticky notes too, along with a variety of other "stuff."
I know my grandmother would be astounded to know a machine often sits on the desk, a machine that allows me to communicate instantly with people around the world, and allows me to look up almost anything I want to know more about. Face it, she was amazed when she saw me playing with a Spirograph toy when I was a child. She could not believe the designs I made. I think a computer and a cell phone would have been beyond her belief.
My desk sits in a corner of my sun room. I am surrounded by plants. I can look out in the summer and see the bees buzzing in my flowers, gathering their valuable pollen from day lilies, Oregon Trail roses, pansies, petunias, bee balm and garlic. The occasional hummingbird flits in for a taste of the hollyhocks. In the winter, the bunnies come visit. If I am still, they remain for a long time. Today I am listening to wind roar. It is the end of January, cold and snowy in Wyoming. It is a good day to be inside, with sun shining through the windows, belying the harsh weather outside.
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Jennie Lawrence is the author of Soap Suds Row - The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 -1876. She also writes a regular column for African Violet Magazine, and has done freelance work. She has started to dabble in children's literature as well.