Non-Consumer Photo Essay — Back in Portland

by Katy on October 20, 2013 · 14 comments

Last week’s trip to New York City has become a sweet but disjointed memory. Highlights included the Wolk-Stanley Party. (The Wolk-Stanley Party was actually just my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah after party, but since my same-named sister made the restaurant reservation, these hilarious signs led the way. I couldn’t resist the photo op.)

Wolk-Stanley party

The visit was crammed with Bar Mitzvah preparations mixed with touristy activities such as walking over to The Cloisters to gaze upon the Unicorn in Captivity tapestries. My father was entranced. My son? Less so.

Unicorn in Captivity

But life at home has returned to its regular routine.

Reading library books while waiting for my sons’ soccer games to begin:

David Sedaris, soccer dad

Taking advantage of the last few sunny days to crank as much laundry through the clothesline before the deluge of the inevitable rains:

$1 vintage tablecloth

Appreciating the freshly completed cushions that my mother made for my thrifted Old Hickory chair. (Old Hickory has been creating hand crafted furniture for over 100 years, and their pieces furnish The Crater Lake Inn and Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Inn.)

"Old Hickory" chair

Thrifting for cool finds, such as this midcentury $3.99 Thomas Flammfest casserole dish. I love, love, love the bold tulip graphic on the lid, and will eventually sell it on eBay. Although for now, I’m happy to just gaze upon it.

Planning an afternoon of applesauce making, as my husband brought home this 40-pound box of apples. Marked at $15, the 37.5¢-per-pound price pleases me to no end.

Hood River apples

And back to my routine, which is a pretty great place to be.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen October 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Oooh, nice deal on the apples!!!


Katy October 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I work tomorrow, but I’ll be borrowing the apple sauce grinder thingy from my father after that!



rosarugosa October 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Did you and your sister marry brothers? Or not change your last names when you married?


Katy October 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Marry brothers?! Ack, no!

No. Wolk-Stanley is both of our maiden names, and both of it kept it.



Violet Q October 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Such a pretty washline full of vintage beauties.


Katy October 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I know, right? I bought the vintage tablecloth for $1 just the other day.



rosarugosa October 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

That’s very cool Katy. I kept my last name too, but my sister did not. It surprises me that more women don’t keep their last names.


Renee October 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

I kept my last name for a year after I got married (at the age of 28). But I got sick of people not seeing my husband and I as a team when we met (possibly just my perception of it, but that counts for something). And I was thinking to our future and the very long hyphenated name our kids would have.
But the real reason I changed my name was that when our first anniversary rolled around I really couldn’t think of a gift, so I changed my name. 8.5 years later there are still days I wish I hadn’t, but most days it doesn’t even cross my mind.


Lynda October 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

And my congratulations on those cushion covers. Your Mum is to be congratulated on her prowess with the piping 🙂 You have to know what you’re doing to pipe with a bright colour on a dark background.


kris October 21, 2013 at 3:19 am

Love the vintage tablecloth!

Funny about last names…My maiden name is certainly a very easy target for being picked on, I couldn’t WAIT until I got married so I can change it. But now (that I’m way older, lol), I can appreciate it in a way I never could. I’ve been married forever so my married name is just who I am now but I kinda wish I would have hypened (is that a word? lol) my maiden w/my married back in the day.


Betsey October 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

You still can. I did.


Lisa October 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

Your Mom did a great job on the cushion cover. Top notch! And congrats on the box of apples. If you peel them before making them into applesauce, the peels, seeds, and cores could be used to make your own apple cider vinegar…just sayin’!


carol October 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Katy..I am so jealous. Ilove David Sedaris and the waiting list is a mile long at the library.


Katy October 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I waited ages for this to come in at the library! 😀



Bette Holterman January 27, 2014 at 1:56 am

Cooked with Thomas Flammfest pans for over 40 years. The ones
with the orange/blue tulips. I broke the last one last year and would
love to have the pans again. I bought one with a brown lid. I would love to buy your pan, but would considder selling it and the other problem is that I live in Holland.


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