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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: January 2023

Before I moved to Mississippi, I have to admit that I did not read the “Why Y’all Should Move to Mississippi” brochure cover to cover; however I am pretty sure that there was not any mention or oh-by-the-way warning that it could be 12 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas Day.  Miss Sherry and I were very…

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Our Olde House : December 2022

Winter in Mississippi is a time of reflection for me, mostly because it is too cold and dark to go outside, and when I look out my window I see my reflection.  Returning the clocks to Standard Time is unsettling for everyone, especially me.  I know that the clocks are reset only one hour, but…

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Our Olde House – November 2022

It seems that only Columbo is left under the house; apparently the possum is now too big to squeeze through whatever hole the rat uses.  Columbo has been standing up on his hind legs looking around, maybe on the lookout for a snake or possum, and I swear he is staring at my camera.  Everyone…

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Our Olde House – October 2022

When I was up early one morning taking my usual short walk, I looked at the camera under the house and there was a rat in the electronic trap; that makes six rats total.  I got up the next morning and gleefully went under the house to remove the moribund rodent, but when I looked…

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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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