Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays 2012!

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We had our first trace of snow several days ago. This is my view looking north out the window above part of my typing desk. The other window, above my typing platform, faces west looking out over the meadow.

My brass quintet, called the Sierra Brass, performed on 3 Wednesday nights for Victorian Christmas in Nevada City earlier this month.
The view from my western window this morning. Fog obscuring the mountains!
Christmas BUSH: 2012!
My special shiny little Royal "O" portable. She can be temperamental, skipping spaces and running letters together merrily, but she was on "Good Behavior" for this post. With one minor exception.
In spite of my best efforts, I could not get the video to load at the bottom of this post. I'm sure you figured it out and saw it on the top!




Saturday, November 10, 2012

Olympia SM3 issues & First Snow of Autumn 2012

I just noticed that my previous (and only other) post about my Olympia SM3 last year was also in conjunction with the first snow of the 2011-12 season. What is it about this time of year?
A bath in the meadow, anyone? I think not.
The pines in the distance are pretty with a light dusting of snow.
A close up of a clump of weeds growing near the Sky Deck.
The Sky Deck on the western side of the building.
...and this morning,  a view looking out the Sky Deck door. Cat Rupert's first (of many!) trips outdoors.
The "rocker arm" or whatever it's called, middle left, is currently not engaged with the teeth underneath the right ribbon spool, allowing it to move freely to the left.
When these teeth are engaged, the spool reverses and moves towards the right. This is happening prematurely, and we're trying to determine the cause. It doesn't happen when the ribbon spools are removed.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

A Storm is Coming

I looked out the window directly ahead of me and saw storm clouds coming, so I decided to dash off a quick blog post on my Remington Model Seventeen (1941).
Storm clouds moving in: 7 a.m.
Close up taken a moment later at 7:01 a.m.
James just added a lamp in the corner that makes this writing space even more inviting.
Progression of clouds: 7:15 a.m.
Even more clouds, 7:30 a.m.
Time to rip this out and put it in the scanner to post!
8:30 a.m. -- HERE IT COMES!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Smith-Corona Coronet Automatic electric typewriter

The last typewriter that I found at this thrift store, only a few days ago, (waiting patiently to be documented) was listed under "Bric a Brac" on its price tag.
Have any of you seen colored Ko-Rec-Type strips before? Now I need to do some research and see if I can find any!
This manual includes instructions for changeable type, and more souped-up electric models with power- and half-space keys. Apparently the "Coronet" model as this one is more basic.


The rubber strip holding the power cord together is surprisingly intact; I've found that they're almost always split or missing.
NaNo Day #1 on Nov. 1st. My trashy/junky-but-serviceable Remington Quiet-Riter Eleven just happened to be sitting on my typing platform at the time, so it was pressed into service that day.
NaNo Day #2. James had installed the new desk on the right. I pulled out my Smith-Corona Silent Super for the next several days of transcribing.
And now...I have pulled my Royal Model 10 (which Richard Polt helped me clarify was actually made in 1930 instead of 1911 as I'd previously thought) out from the Airstream travel trailer, where it's resided these past few months for a nice change of pace. It's a wonderful typer!
Some folks think this classic SCM design is plain and even ugly, but I've always liked it.
Oh my goodness! An extra little piece of history, always welcomed.


I love these extra clues! I wonder if Mauna got this typewriter in the late '70s, when she may have gotten those Ko-Rec-Type samples?
As it turns out, the touch selector does not work. But I know where it is!

I am blessed with a new typewriter AND a new writing desk!
I just took the typewriter outside to the patio to see if it matches the other blues, and it really doesn't. James & I are vacillating back and forth about re-painting it. What do YOU think?