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A Craig’s list with a sad story

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

I continue to post stale entries from my stash. I hope he found a buyer.

salvage materials from cabin (Morrilton, AR)
Reply to: xxxxx
Date: 2008-07-23, 11:09AM CDT

A wind storm blew down an enormous oak on my brand new cabin on June 1st.

the before & after pics can be seen at the above links. Make an offer for the cabin AS IS — or whatever portions you are interested in… BTW, the land is also for sale… it is 2 acres square. I will take $25K for the land & the cabin as is… or make an offer on the cabin or land.

I have an out of state number as I have moved to TX. you can call me at:


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Tree-Lined Streets

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I loved the tree-lined streets of our neighborhood. Even though we had to cut down five trees over the summer, I loved the settled feeling that you get from tree-lined streets. Except that our streets have considerably fewer trees now. Yes, we got hit by the ice storm the end of January. (Also got hit by lethargy, so I drafted this, but didn’t post, but since then, we almost lost our computer so I shall stop aiming for perfection and see if I can just post.) We spent Monday night-Friday morning at my folks’ place on the Hill because 45+ trees fell on their driveway. We had planned to take advantage of their their in-line generator and work on windows, but it refused to engage, so we were very glad for their wood-burning fireplace. Wednesday, Don and I hiked down and hitched a ride to town with neighbors. We then backpacked supplies back to the house. Thursday afternoon, a four-man crew spent six hours clearing the driveway, and our apartment got power back that evening. We didn’t go back to the apartment until daylight Friday — and, two months later, the driveway is still pretty alarming at night. The Hill got power back Sunday. We got cable, phone, and internet sometime the next week. (One of those package deals.)Before:april-2007-driveway.jpgDuring:backpacking-up-driveway.JPGUs:ice-palace.JPG don-in-ice-palace.JPGOur apartment escaped unscathed. Our house lost the electric mast, and four more trees. The redbud in the front yard, a massive pecan by the driveway (which fell into the dumpster), and a couple of little trees in the side yards. The debris was piled up chest high.FEMA estimated six months to remove it all, although the contracted removers have already made two passes through the city, and are starting their third (and final) pass. The chipped trees from Fayetteville (about 150,000 cubic yards) are sufficient to mulch 800 acres 5 inches deep, so disposal is going to be a problem. I wish we were further along with the house so I could mulch my gardens with free mulch.

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Out of money, so maybe we’ll post more often…

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Who am I kidding? We’ve been out of money the better part of a month, and I haven’t posted. Maybe just posting tonight will get me started again.

Tonight, Don is on his way home from returning his mom to Chicago after we borrowed her for a couple of weeks, and the Little One drew her own bath and is splashing around so I’m writing. (He was there on Election Night, but didn’t go to the City.) We took her to see various sights, from War Eagle and Applegate craft fairs (where the Little One bought more than we did) to Terra Studios to the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market to Little Rock (zoo, art museum, Flying Fish, the Arkansas River from both North Little Rock and Little Rock sides, a couple of estate sales,* and the Riverfront Park). I don’t think she’s going to move here, but we had a good time and good weather.


Although we may expand on our past house doings later, in sum, we have:

  • a new foundation,
  • a new roof (with reflective sheathing),
  • new exterior walls on the back third of the house,
  • most of the framing done (including a lot of new old walls due to the extent of the fire),
  • missing windows on the front of the house,
  • no plumbing (unless you count the Potty House** out front),
  • a storm shelter,
  • one set of outlets,
  • lots of extension cords,
  • a new electric service,
  • three fewer trees, or maybe four,
  • fewer Japanese honeysuckles (invasive creatures),
  • new kitchen subfloor,
  • a design for the front yard (middle only; I can’t cope with planning the woodland sides of the front yard)
  • lots of estimates for everything that’s left.

We’ve been working with two banks to see about getting a construction loan. (Yes, we waited until the market tanked to run out of money.) The most recent issue has been that we started work without them. I think they wanted to get their construction loan recorded ahead of any sub-contractors, but then the loan would have been bigger since they want it to be finished in 9-12 months, no matter how much work lies ahead. I think one of the banks has found a title company willing to insure over the subs, so we’ll probably be back in the money one way or another. Once we have the money, we’ll do plumbing. Otherwise, Don can always rebuild windows.

*I bought some more half-size cupcake pans so I can make a full recipe of yellow cake cupcakes*** in the tiny pans so I don’t have to eat a full cupcake when I want to sample other desserts, too. Also, a big white round casserole (like my ramekins, only big) and a liquid tablespoon measuring cup, and an Ozark Do-Nothing for the Little One. I didn’t buy two club chairs that I quite liked. We took the Honda to Little Rock, and they couldn’t possibly have fit, and Don and his mom were leaving the next day for Chicago, so those will be the chairs that got away.

** The Potty House is serviced weekly, and the service apparently includes setting it upright when it gets tipped over as an early Halloween trick.

*** Here’s what the cupcakes looked like in mid-October. Our neighbor burned a bunch of our brush, we grilled hotdogs and marshmallows, and I brought cupcakes for Don’s birthday. I made another batch for my office’s birthday later in the month, and I made some for the Little One’s birthday party. I’m looking forward to having enough little pans.


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Another Tenant?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

The Little One found this guy hanging out about three feet off the ground, in a large bush (or small tree thing), in front of the dining room window.

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Not being a native southerner (this is Don again), I mildly freaked out (the Little One just thought it was cool). I held it together enough to get the photos, then headed home to ask the native southerner I’m married to exactly what I had taken a picture of… apparently not poisonous, and I am apparently a snake weenie (which I already knew, and I freely admit). I haven’t seen it again.

Incidentally, that bush/tree thing is coming down! (ETA by Lisa: It’s a bush honeysuckle, an enthusiastic invasive.)

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2008 Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour of Historic Homes (Little Rock AR)

Friday, May 9th, 2008

We are so lucky.  Not only do we have the Washington Elementary House Walk on Saturday, but a historic homes tour in the Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock on Sunday, May 11.  And (grand)parents who are willing to keep the Little One for us!

A wide range of architectural styles will be represented including Prairie, Craftsman, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival. 

Y’all come! 

Per the brochure: This year’s tour homes include: the Charles E. Taylor House at 2312 Broadway; the Ault House at 2017 Arch; the Hill Cottage at 1913 Louisiana; the Young House at 2021 Arch; and Curran Hall at 615 East Capitol. Also featured will be a “not yet historic” urban style house (617 Cumberland) which was completed in 2006 and designed to be compatible with the surrounding historic district.  (The flyer also mentions several realtor open houses in the area.)

Sunday, May 11, 2008
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
Tickets $15
Purchase tickets in advance by phone (with Visa or Mastercard) at 501-371-0075 (Quapaw Quarter Association).  Purchase tickets on the day of the tour at Historic Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Street, and at the Young House (Robinwood, 2021 S. Arch St.) 

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Delta Ramble

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Don and I went on the AHPA Delta Ramble the end of March, and then I spent a while thinking I couldn’t upload photos so an entry about the trip was just frustrating. Now that we’re about to do two (!) house walks this weekend, I wanted to get this entry out of inventory.

Neither of us had been to the Delta in years. In 1993, I stopped in Cotton Plant, AR and did some antiquing, while on my way from Raleigh to Chicago via Magnolia, AR, but hadn’t been back, except to drive I-40 to Memphis after my grandmother’s memorial service. (Considerably cheaper to fly Chicago to Memphis than Little Rock that trip.) Don has been to Memphis (to see Graceland), but never been on the Arkansas side of the Delta.

The stretch of I-40 between Memphis and Little Rock is supposed to have the highest ratio of trucks to cars in the country, and you could feel it. The interstate felt like a washboarded gravel road. The water was (and is) still high in the White and the Mississippi. Nobody knows when it will recede.

Despite the rain, we had a great time, visiting the train depot in Brinkley (now the Central Delta Depot Museum and one of the last examples of a “union” station” in Arkansas), eating barbecue from Shadden’s Grocery* in Marvel, touring Helena, and seeing a great Italianate, Palmer’s Folly, out in the wilds near Blackton.

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We went to the Louisiana Purchase State Park and squished our way across 950 feet of board walk through a swamp to see a granite stone marking the site where the 5th Principle Meridian and a baseline intersected. This point was the basis for the surveys of Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and part of South Dakota. The actual site was ignored or lost from 1815 until the 1920s when two witness trees were found, which pointed the way to this swamp.


In Helena, we visited the Delta Cultural Center, the Moore-Hornor House, the cemetery, and shopped and toured Cherry Street (more architectural salvage — arts & crafts sconces for outside). We had a great dinner in the Pillow-Thompson House.

My camera seems to have focused on floors and finishes. I was especially excited to discover circle tiles. (Not hex, although the grout makes them look like hex.) I saw some in the Washington County [AR] courthouse, and have never seen them anywhere else. Until now. Aren’t they great? Anybody know where I can get some?




(OK, those last two are square tiles, but I like them, too.)

* Shadden’s was reviewed by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette** last spring, as part of a barbecue road trip through the Arkansas Delta. Don and I thought then it would be neat to go out that way, but we hadn’t yet. Apparently, Shadden’s is famous even farther afield since an Austin columnist knows its barbecue. And John T. Edge does, too. The internet is an interesting place, where you learn about the Southern Foodways Alliance in Oxford, MS just by following links from one place to another. (The SFA is hosting a field trip to Chicago to showcase Southern Food “up south.” Ever hear of a mother-in-law sandwich? Me, neither. And I lived in Chicago thirteen years. It seems to be a tamale in a hot dog bun, and part of Southern Food up south.)

**The Dem Gaz story doesn’t seem to be online, but this is a related piece. Note that there is a recipe for Shadden’s sauce. It reminds me that I still need to do another entry about The Band. Maybe I’ll save that for another day.

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Washington Elementary House Walk May 10

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Washington Elementary PTA is hosting a Tour of Homes.
Event Date: Saturday, May 10
Event Time: Noon to 5pm

Homes featured on the tour:

  • Bryan & Laureen Benafield, 217 E Sutton
  • Bill & Carol Eaton, 412 E Lafayette
  • Dale & Marilyn Green, 1035 N Park
  • JF & Cindy Meullenet, 303 E Sutton
  • Steven & Melissa Rogers, 40 W Prospect
  • Tom & Tammy Smith, 847 N Park
  • Rolf & Ceri Wilkin, 318 W Ila*

Refreshments at French Metro Antiques, 200 W Dickson.

Admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Tickets available at:

  • French Metro Antiques, 200 W Dickson;
  • Downtown Bank of Fayetteville, 1 S. Block on the Square;
  • The Gift House, 525 N Mission Blvd.

*Don and I are hosting the Wilkin house on Ila from 11:45 – 2:30, so come on by and say hi. (Or don’t say “hi” if you’re shy, but come by and spy on us if you want.) The money goes to a really great cause: Preventing us from having to sell cookie dough.

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Happy 120th* Birthday, Lucy Leigh!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Miss Lucy Leigh Brown and her sister Katherine lived with a Presbyterian minister Charles D. Bates and his family in our house in the 1920s, and owned it (while two couples rented from them) per the 1930 census, as I have explained earlier. Miss Brown taught violin. Eventually, the house was sold to others, and Miss Brown moved to University Avenue. I learned Miss Brown died in February 1969 from the Social Security Death Index and looked up her obituary at the Fayetteville Public Library Saturday.

Miss Lucy Leigh Brown, 80, 112 S. University Av., died today in a local hospital. Born April 29, 1888 in Marshall, Mo., the daughter of Henry J. and Ella Carthrae Brown, she was a music teacher.

Survivors are one brother, Sidney E. Brown of Fayette, Miss.; one niece Mrs. Truly Mounce [sic, should be Truly Mount] of Danville, Ky. and two grandnieces.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Nelson’s Funeral Chapel with burial at Son’s Chapel Cemetery.**

Obituary from Northwest Arkansas Times, Feb. 12, 1969 (page 2).


* Or maybe it’s Lucy Leigh’s 119th birthday? Social Security Death Index has her birth date as April 29, 1889.

**Son’s Chapel Cemetery, off Hwy 45, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Washington County. I checked its inventory at the library, and didn’t find Miss Brown so I suppose she doesn’t have a headstone. Decoration is (or was) the 4th Sunday in May at 1:30 p.m. Some time during the 1930s, land was given on which to build the current Son’s Chapel Memorial Church. (The land was originally owned by two men named Son.) 

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Fayetteville is not a large town

Monday, April 28th, 2008

We met with our architects a week ago, and are now contemplating their plans while they propose ways to fit our furniture into the space. They asked for an inventory of our furniture and salvage, which I obsessively turned into a photo album with pictures and dimensions of everything we could find. (Keep in mind we have two storage units, so not everything is accessible. Like our upright freezer.  I no longer know which side it opens from, let alone its dimensions.) The photo album includes a picture of our house on the cover.

Tne next day, one of their clients came in to discuss a house they are building, and our album was still on the table. Client knew the house. In fact, the client owned the house for fifteen plus years. (Maybe twenty-five?) He sold it last summer to our neighbors, who sold it to us. Our architects say he’s nice as can be to work with, and that he’d enjoy telling us what he knows of the history.  Between him and son of the previous, previous owner, we would have quite a few years of house history if we can get over our innate shyness.

(That reminds me: I still have a post in my head on more connections to The Band, and a Delta Ramble post.  Lots of posts in my head never make it to paper, umm, bits and bytes.)

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Eastern Arkansas Ramble through the Delta

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Don and I have been talking for a couple of months about going to Helena-West Helena, to see what a Mississippi River town looks like. Now, we can!

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas is rambling to the Dynamic Delta March 29th, and Don and I are going. Brinkley, Blackton, Marvel and Helena are on the tour. It starts way too early Saturday morning (8 a.m. in Little Rock – 3 hours from home), but, at least for the Christmas ramble, there was orange juice (and mimosas!) and doughnuts on the tour bus, along with something to eat everywhere we stopped. Plus old houses! And people who like them! Can’t miss with that combination. At least for me.

Y’all come on if you want to join us — there’s still room on the bus, and the HPAA people are friendly.

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