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Saturday, July 17, 2010

A New Way to Walk into Our House Coming Soon!

I absolutely love Miranda Lambert's latest song "House that Built Me" It is just so beautifully written, and although I do not see myself as broken, the lines
"Up those stairs in that little back bedroom,
Is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar,
I bet you didn't know under that live oak,
My favorite dog is buried in the yard."
bring a tear to my eye every time.

Tall Guy loves the song too, but I don't think he truly understands it because we live in the house that built him, from day one to day whatever 45 years, six months and four days equals out to be (I'm an ENGLISH teacher not math!). Not only has he lived here all his life, but his parents have lived in this house and both sets of grandparents at one time (but not the same time) set up house here too. Lots of Tall Guy history lives between these walls. And now a few walls are about to change.

Someone scratched the above initials and year in our closet. So we know the house was built at least by 1920.

This aerial shot was taken in the mid 1960's from the south looking north.
This areal shot was taken from the north looking south in the late 1970's or right around 1980.
This shot is the most current, around 2001

This was the back of the the house in February. The door up the steps has always been the way I come in. The door off the cement opens into the basement and is the one Tall Guy and his family have used "for ever." It is no longer there. YIKES!
We dug down the the bottom of the west wall of our basement to seal it with a foam sealant. Lots of dirt and rocks moved for this part of the fun. The remaining shrubs are gone too.

This is where the cement slab was on the back side of the house. It is now up about 3 feet and has the radiant heating units set up so the floor will be nice and toasty.
This is the ATTACHED garage ( I have had one just 2 out of my 48 years on this earth and am greatly looking forward to this new luxury!)

I peeked out the old entrance Thursday morning to see what was going on. The cement truck was here early, and the guys were doing their thing.

Even Tall Guy had to get in there and help! I made like I was going to walk out, and I thought the guys were going to have a heart attack. Silly men!

This was yesterday's cement project after our total of TWO inches of rain the night before. See the tracks in my yard or the place I used to call a yard. Don't see Sadie? Well she is in the cattle trailer so she won't walk over the floor until it's dry! She was none too happy about the situation, but she is out and about now.
Dang! These next few pics are out of order, but I am not sure how to move them so just bare with me. This truck with a boom, of over 105 feet showed up to pour the footers because we has just had FOUR inches of rain.

Pumpkin is supervising from the inside looking out.
Off of my kitchen and new sliding glass door, they start to pour the footers.

Barring any nasty weather, we might start to see wood by the end of next week! That, of course is also our fair week, so there is never a dull moment at our house. The tie in to walking? Well now everyone has to walk to the front of the house and come in through the very little used front door. It is an old habit that the older ones are finding hard to break. Stay tune for more updates as we start to fill in the walls of the house that will build Tink and Bear.


  1. How exciting. I can't wait to see the finished product.

    I love that song too. Although, we don't live in the house that raised my husband he has lived in very few houses besides that one.

  2. Isn't it funny how it is so hard to break habits like that!

    Can't wait to see what it looks like in the end.

  3. So great to live in a house with such memories and tradition. My grandmother lives in the farm house she was born in, and is very proud of that fact.

  4. You lucky gal! I would be so excited for an attached garage!



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