Instagram niches can be misleading microcosms where most of us have relatively similar ways of looking at the world. I come on here and am instantly validated in certain old house decisions I’m passionately tackling. This isn’t how the real world works. In fact, I’ve had my share of weird looks, comments, and questions that highlight both the onlooker’s naivety and my insistence on going against the grain. Walk a few blocks over to a neighborhood that’s on the National Historic Registry, and I would be praised for my efforts. But here I get things like “you’re putting siding over that right?” or “what was wrong with the aluminum?” or the best, “what happened???” I gracefully explain myself and realize my convictions are not just because I want to go against the grain (though my teenage self might disagree). I wholeheartedly believe in them. After a lengthy discussion with my mail woman the other day about my plans, to which she looked increasingly perplexed, my worker bee comes up and is like “see, that’s what I like about you. You don’t care what other people think, and you have so much vision in what you do. Most people wouldn’t do this, but it’s awesome that you are.” He’s right that I have vision, but of course I care to a degree. I’m not trying to be a rebel without a cause. I’m hoping when all is said and done, that mail lady is going to walk by and be like, “wow. I get it.” And if she doesn’t do that, well, hell. At least most of you will 😂 🥰
In honor of tonight being the last episode of Game of Thrones, Squire’s Castle. A 19-century shell of the castle it once was. We stopped by on our way to Lake Erie to pretend to be Cersei for a bit. 🏰🔥
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Прочитала интересную мысль, хочу поделиться с вами: "Мотивация - это то, что помогает начать. Привычка - это то, что помогает продолжать". Согласны?
За что люблю Москву, так это за то, что каждый уголок ее имеет свою историю.
Вот так, прогуливаясь от одной станции метро до другой, натыкаешься на старинный дом. И вроде таких немало в Москве, но от этого я почему-то долго не могла уйти - он прямо дышит стариной.
Погуглив, узнала, что это одно из старейших деревянных зданий Москвы (кстати, давно не видевшее реставрации). Построивший его в 1818г. небогатый коллежский советник вряд ли мог предположить такую судьбу для своего достаточно скромного дома, который теперь охраняется государством))
Фотографий с этого города у меня столько что могу делать фотовыставку.
Город Мдина - старая столица Мальты. Сейчас город призрак, где живут люди но нету предприятий.
Весь город - музей. ⠀
Да и тут было снято много кадров южных городов Игры Престолов☺️
Having completely redone two old houses, I think our kids have not only witnessed but participated in an abnormal amount of work.
Yesterday #josiahpapaya asked me, “Do you think everyone spends as much time working on their house as we do?!” 😂
No, son. No I don’t. 😂
But I went on to tell him that while having a big, old house has meant a lot of work- their character is undeniably better for it. Hard work just makes better people. .
My big #reedlings have helped put on a roof, helped rip 120 yr old cheesecloth off of walls, helped sand floors, helped move stacks of wood, helped paint boards, helped pull weeds, helped fix leaks, helped replace rotting wood. This whole project has been a family project.
And I watched yesterday as we spent *hopefully* our very last Saturday before the “designated summer break from working on the house,” with amazement. .
Our 4 oldest kids spent the entire day moving wood and tin, scraping boards with me, replacing boards with dad, and planting flowers; and with honest-to-goodness, real joy. I was downright proud. .
We want our kids to know that “in all labor there is profit” and as much work as our old houses have been, I believe we are all the better for it.
I’ll paint a couple of sections of porch, and by the end of this week- summer break begins for us ALL. 😱🤗🤟Let the swimming and playing commence! 🙌
A century's difference from when our home was first a small railroad hotel, & how it looks today. For those of you new to my account, we moved into this home last year. We tackled major renovations before moving in, and it is a long process that we will continue to work on. .
I am not sure what year this pic was taken, sometime between when it was built in 1895 and the year 1917, when it was bought by a new family. It never seemed to have owners for too long, & the last owners both died before we were blessed enough to acquire this property. .
When I say this was my dream house. I mean, I watched it sit empty for over a year. I passed it everyday I drove the kids to school. I went to an auction at the courthouse- something I never thought I would do, with my newborn and my toddler in tow. I lost the auction & dreaded passing by every day for 6 months, until it was put back on the market. But I just knew it was gonna be mine, even if my husband thought I was crazy. Even though we had no money. I had to find a way... .
Many months later, we put in our first offer. Then the realtor called to tell us Family Dollar wanted to buy it. And when I passed by that Friday, there were a bunch of trucks & people surveying the land due to it's location off the 2 lane "hwy" out here in the country. I panicked, like really panicked & put in our counter-offer. That weekend was the longest weekend of my life! I felt like I was holding my breath until they called late Tuesday afternoon to let me know the bank accepted our offer♥️♥️♥️ .
Later after we moved in, both Family Dollar AND Dollar General sent offers triple the amount we payed to buy the house from us. I prayed about it, & in the end, no money they could have offered would have been worth my dream house. #oldhouselife
Late Victorian, four-bay bracketed shotgun in the Faubourg Bloomingdale section of Uptown New Orleans. (Considering the door colors, could the owners be LSU fans?) Subdivided in 1836, Faubourg Bloomingdale is the smallest of the uptown faubourgs, comprising the upriver-most one-third of the ten arpent plantation of Jean Baptiste Francois LeBreton. It basically includes only State Street and the houses on both sides of State Street. Its narrow width is evident at Laurel Street, which was widened during the planning to accommodate a marketplace. Today that widened portion of Laurel is known as Gilmore Park and its length spans the width of Bloomingdale. #neworleans#architecture#faubourg#bloomingdale