Posts tagged ‘support’

09/07/2011

A Shout Out

We still have a lot of the renovation left to complete, but I wanted to go ahead and give a small shout out to my contractor and his crew, and everyone involved. They have all been great. Nice, professional, and most importantly, they do beautiful work. They even think of things that made the house more beautiful that I didn’t ask them to do, or bring me ideas that just make the whole thing so much better. Ultimately, they get me, they get the house, and what I’m trying to do with it. Even better, they have the technical skill and knowledge to get the house there! I don’t know if they are ok with me posting their names online, but thanks to M., A., J., & D. for working so hard on the house and really making it beautiful. I can’t thank you guys enough, and I have to thank my uncle, M. as well, for hooking the whole thing up!

I don’t really have pictures, but my uncle and M, the contractor make beautiful kitchen cabinets and do great tile work, too. Here is their youtube video with some of their previous work:

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05/21/2011

Rumor Has It

If you happen to live in a small town, then you are probably used to the camaraderie and the sense of community. Since the purchase of the house, many of our neighbors have come by to introduce themselves, and been pleasant and well, neighborly. They seem so interested in the renovation!  This was most evident last week when the house was being treated for termites. While I was waiting for them to finish, I chatted about the house with two neighbors, and gave house tours to four more! I am glad the community is so interested in the progress on the house.

Vintage Circus Poster, from google images

One of the ladies that stopped by was married to a distant descendent of the family. She told me a really interesting story about the last Trimble that lived in the house. Now, we know that he had a half-wolf/half-dog in the house, as well as a second really large dog. From his possessions and notes about the dogs, it was pretty obvious he was very proud of them. According to this source, both of these dogs were quite well-behaved, because the this man was a former animal trainer in the circus! Now, here’s the fly in this ointment. We have heard this guy was a violinist-pianist-alcoholic-mentally ill-artist-painter-writer. Was he really all these things and an animal trainer, too? I’m all for being a complex person with varied interests, but how many professions can one person have? Who was he really? It makes me wonder if he was all these things, or if he was just a mysterious figure in the community that people heard gossip about. I mean, growing up, to me he was “the guy with the wolves”.

I think part of the search for a description for him is because we purchased the house with all of this man’s earthly belongings still in it. It leaves me with a touch of sympathy and sadness, I suppose. I went through his things, I feel like I should know him on some level. On a deeper level, it makes me question all sorts of things. What does ones life amount to in the end? How would this community remember me?  Would I be that grad student-psychologist-renovator-decorator that likes loud punk rock and has an affinity for the color teal? What sort of rumors and gossip would be added to my story? I guess time will tell. As for the former owner, I may never know the truth. At least in his belongings, I found some printouts from a circus messageboard and some information on old circuses, so there is at least some evidence to support that rumor.

02/19/2011

Bark at the Moon: A Wolf Playlist

In celebration for getting the electricity turned on, so that I can actually listen to music as I clean, here is a wolf playlist of some of my favorites for you all to enjoy:

All these link to youtube videos, if you want to listen!

Wolf notepad that was in the house

1. Howl – Florence and the Machine – listen

2. The Lion and the Wolf – Thrice – listen

3. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran – listen

4. All Babes are Wolves – Spinnerette – listen

5. Wolfsblood – The Misfits – listen

6. Wolves at my Door – Converge – listen

7. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys – listen

8. Werecat – Tiger Army – listen

9. Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne – listen

10. I was a Teenage Werewolf – The Cramps – listen

11. Falling in Love with the Wolfboy – The Magnetic Fields – listen

12. Werewolf – Cat Power – listen

13. Home – Leona Naess – listen

 

Thanks to my friends and my sister for helping find the songs. If you know any other good ones, please post them!

02/14/2011

On Support…and thanks!

Painted Brick Design in the Root Cellar

I’ve been talking to contractors this week about things like foundations, roof supports, lots of structural things. If the house isn’t properly supported, it will collapse. If you take down these porch posts to build a wall instead, you have to first build a temporary wall to support the roof, so it doesn’t collapse. I mean, common sense right?

Well the last few days, I’ve exactly how important those foundations and supporting walls can be. When we first purchased the house, there was some negativity. Lots of people said that it was too dirty,  too big of a job, and that we should just tear it down and put in something new like a modular home. Truthfully, it probably would be easier to do that. This house is going to take a lot of work, and a lot of time. I could get something new, and a modular home would be ready to move in quickly. Yet, for me, it would lack the soul. You see the thing about old houses is the character. Many people say that, and you think about the moldings and woodwork. I see it not only as that, but for the human element. Someone went to a lot of effort to create those old moldings. They laid the brick by hand, planed the wood, and created something, yes, charming. Part of the idea of character comes from the idea that someone, somewhere cared enough to do that work. This home was a place for them to live their lives, to see their children grow up. It was very much a labor of love, and a gesture of support to their family.

I didn’t think anyone would be that interested when we bought the house. Sure, it has a story, but its old and weird, too. I didn’t plan to blog about it, I didn’t really plan to talk about all this that much at all. From the very beginning, when I started telling my friends and family, they offered so much encouragement. They have helped me clean up, asked about my plans, told me to blog about it, and then offered supported for that. It is often a daunting prospect to redo this house. Its exciting and scary for me. I’ve never owned a house before, especially not one from the 1890’s with a close-to-leaking roof, cracked plaster, and no insulation. Yet, like me the house has a strong foundation and lots of support because someone cared. So what I’m trying to say in a really long-winded way is, thanks. Thanks for being supportive, and interested, and encouraging. You guys make me love my house even more, and I genuinely appreciate it.

Just as an example of how awesome these people really are, check out my friend Meghan’s blog ,  Sings the Magpie. She is awesome and hilarious and you should all read it!

Brick Found in the House, Stamped with the name of a company and "Trimble O".