and his lovely wife Lula Mae (Adams) McCandless.
Lula is the one on the right. Her twin sister, Lois Irene, on the left, froze to death in a tent during a blizzard after their house burned to the ground one winter. Life on the prairie was hard....
Which probably made a bed like this one quite a luxury. It must have been something very special when they first got it. Then it was relegated to the barn, where it gathered dust for at least as long as I've been alive.
A LOT of dust...enough that even after a 5 hour trip in the back of a pickup, a heavy coating of dirt still remained.
But you can tell the beauty underneath that dirt.
So I began cleaning...
And now it's back to its former glory, for guests to enjoy when they stay over at my humble little abode.
The quilt was hand-made by my grandma 22 years ago. The colors are very difficult to match so I rarely display it, but I think this time I'm up for the challenge--just something about family makes it all go together. I still have a lot of decorating to do, but it's already hopefully feeling like home.