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Our Olde House

Miss Sherry and I live in a circa 1863 house in Olde Towne, Clinton. Our house has had at least two major extensions and several interior rearrangements during the past 159 years. As we are taking our turn at caring for this part of Clinton’s history, we have learned to accept that there are no simple fixes to anything that needs attention or updating, and that whoever last fixed what we are fixing again did their best with what they had at the time; judge not, lest ye be judged.

 

Our Olde House – September 2022

This past month, I convinced myself that I should not paint outside due to the excessive heat and incessant rain, but I thought that I could easily replace the mini blinds on a bedroom window.  After all, this is a very simple task so what could possibly go wrong in a 150 year old house? …

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Our Olde House – August 2022

Since I rebuilt my crawl space wall, I was confident that I had in fact plugged the ‘last’ hole that was allowing small rodents to get under the house.  But the next time I was checking the camera under the house there was a rat; so much for my Karma-killed Happy Dance.  I found my…

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Our Olde House: July 2022

I finished my new fence and started thinking again about going back under the house to finally fix the sagging floor; in the meantime, I caught and relocated two more little possums from under the house. I was unable to raise the floor significantly using the lift points I identified before, but I thought that…

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Our Olde House – June 2022

Miss Sherry and I decided to take a little trip for a few days since our travel plans for the past two years have been canceled by others.  We finally left after arranging for our flocks and herds to be cared for while we were gone.  Upon our return, I was a little anxious about…

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Our Olde House: May 2022

We have definitely left Spring behind with temperatures now approaching 90F, but before we start Summer we still have a few weeks of Ant season.  I saw the first two ants of the year in the kitchen a couple of weeks ago, which immediately triggered my ‘set off an ant bomb under the house’ response,…

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Our Olde House: April 19, 2022

Apparently, we are running a retirement home for red wasps because they are everywhere, one flying every ten feet or so, and of course the usual squadron guarding the front of the house.  I made two more futile attempts this past month to climb up the ladder to paint the front peak of the house…

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Our Olde House: March 14, 2022

We had a large dead limb way up in a pin oak that was stubbornly hanging on to the tree.  I knew the limb was large because it was fifty feet up in the tree and it still looked large.  It was extended almost but not quite over the apartment, but I was pretty confident…

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Our Olde House: February 15, 2022

Winter in Mississippi is not a pretty picture, at least not to me.  Since moving here eleven years ago I have become incredibly intolerant to cold, or even cool temperatures.  I do own a Mississippi winter coat, which would be classified as a very light jacket anywhere that actually has a winter.  And I am…

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Our Olde House: January 17, 2022

I noticed that our porta-cache’ was leaning a bit several years ago, but it did not seem to be a critical issue at the time. Although the reason for the lean was obvious, the best way to rectify the situation was not readily apparent to me. Sure, a notch seemed to be the answer but…

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Our Olde House: December 21, 2021

Last month I began again on my never-ending quest to paint Our Olde House; my plan was to finish painting the ceiling of our carport and the front peak of the house before it got too cold to paint this year.  I have been tisking about how to do this for many months since both…

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