Saturday, September 12, 2015

Old House

Hello, Dear Ones. We were riding around the other Saturday and saw an open house sign. You didn't have to say another word!
 What do you think? Woo hoo!!
 It was old and by the looks of it, neglected.
 Our daughter and grandchildren were with us and Carter, above, couldn't wait to explore! This house was built in the 1920s and had so much charm but it was sad. It needed lots of love. Look at the big stones and the shutters on each side of the front door.
The old porch light.
The shutters looked like they were 'working' shutters and the little acorn cut out was great since there were so many big oak trees out front.
 This was one of the double doors that closed off the dining room. By this snap it looks like the house was in good shape but believe me, it wasn't. There were huge holes in the ceilings, paint was peeling off the walls and you wouldn't believe the bathrooms. The faucets on one of the tub had pliers attached so you could turn on the water! The kitchen was tiny and didn't even look like it belonged to the house.
 Bad snap here, but the windows were so charming - look at the leaded glass. They all opened out. There was a screened in porch behind the living room, seven bedrooms and a little place on the third floor with tiny little windows looking out over the back yard. After we toured the house we walked out the back yard.
 This is the back side of the house. The screened in porch is on the left. The door that is open goes into the kitchen. Those four little windows at the roof line is the little area I told you about.
 There was a two car detached garage with flowers that had seen better days. Then I turned around and this is what I saw...
 The backyard looks out over this beautiful lake. See all of the lily pads? There was a little rock wall about two feet high, breaking apart and in bad shape. But this view.
Needless to say we had a great time touring this old house. Now we pretended we had all the money in the world and decided how we would fix her up. We moved in, tore down walls, redid the kitchen and added vintage appliances that worked, planted fresh flowers and I decided, since this old house was on an acre and a half, that I would have a circle driveway built in the front of the house and put a big tall fountain in the middle surrounded with flowers. We'd redo the garage and have a walkway that led to the kitchen. We'd have to rebuild the rockwall over looking the lake, it was like the one above you see. We didn't know how we'd keep the grandbabies from climbing all over it and falling down the drop off! Chicken wire I guess! :) This was a lot of fun and sharing with my little ones even made it more special. Carter would point to areas and start telling me all about it. Then, little Campie, would do the same thing, jabber jabber jabber. He was so proud of himself. 

So, do you like to tour open houses? You can always go into the newly built ones that look so perfect but there is something about these grand old ones that makes your heart putter. I just hope someone with lots of money in their pocket buys her and puts the time into making her 'grand' again.

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Our House

 I'll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase
That you bought today

Staring at the fire
For hours and hours
While I listen to you
Play your love songs
All night long for me
Only for me

Come to me now
And rest your head for just five minutes
Everything is good
Such a cosy room
The windows are illuminated
By the sunshine through them
Fiery gems for you
Only for you

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you
And our la,la,la, la,la, la, la, la, la, la, la.....

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you
And Our

I'll light the fire
And you place the flowers in the vase
That you bought today 
~ sung by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young