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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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Our Olde House: November 6, 2021

Mississippi has a lot of trees. I love trees. Miss Sherry has a few oak trees and probably the largest black walnut tree in Mississippi in her yard. A very large pin oak on the property line was dropping some pretty big limbs a couple of years ago for no apparent reason. The tree is…

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Our Olde House: October 12, 2021

Oh rats, actually rat.  A few weeks ago I saw another rat under the house.   This may sound like a big “so what” but when you have Civil War insulation, a rat under the house will soon be a big problem; all rats have friends. I have spent literally several years, though it seems longer,…

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Our Olde House: September 14, 2021

“Mississippi has a lot of bugs.”  Before I lived in the South I had heard this expression, but I really had no idea what a “lot” of bugs actually meant.  This is not a complaint or criticism, just simply a statement of fact that is lost on those who do not live in the South. …

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Our Olde House: August 9, 2021

Miss Sherry had a 30’ x 20’ backyard wooden deck built about fifteen years ago; it was professionally done, a very nice two-level design with two diagonal steps down into the yard in front of the side gate.  About five years ago the wooden deck started to sag next to the house in a couple…

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