Sign of our house’s history


This sign was behind the lath and plaster in the living room in Apartment 2. As Don pulled it out, he thought it was going to be a license plate, but, instead, it is a tangible sign of our house’s history.  (Pun intended.)

The current tenants are renting unfurnished apartments, but sometime* at least one of the apartments was furnished. Unless the sign was behind the wall because it was such a bad idea.

Demolition continues apace.  All the lath and plaster is out of the back room in Apartment 2.  Most has been removed from the living room (Apt. 2), but that demolition is complicated by all the salvage on the floor.  Some of the ceiling tiles are out of the dining room  (Apartment 1).  We have peeked under the really dirty carpet in Apartment 1.  Looks like the flooring in there matches the foyer, except (as I mentioned yesterday) it was installed at right angles to the foyer flooring.  We don’t know yet what the flooring will be in the former porch at the front of the house. 

In most excellent news, the smelly sofa bed has made its way into the dumpster.  (Say, did anyone click through my links yesterday?  I was expecting at least one comment about the picture of the former tenant’s detritus.)  It was up in the 50s or 60s yesterday, so the house got aired out.  And the gas to the stoves in the vacant apartments has been shut off.  Somehow or other, the house is smelling better.

In other news, I have been tweaking my masthead. 

Actually, my brother has been tweaking it.  Bill is very talented and helpful.  Besides being my IT go-to guy, roller coaster expert, former valet parker, and co-author of the TortsProf blog, he knows everything about children’s rock.  He and my niece host Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, and he is a stringer for Parenting magazine on children’s rock.  And, apparently, he writes a column for Little Rock (Arkansas) Family and Minnesota Parenting.  He is the cool one in the family.  I think using this sign in the masthead helps us transition to the blog’s current focus on our Fayetteville house.  I’ll have to update my signage, too.  Thanks, Bill.

*When did they make For Rent signs out of metal rather than cardboard? I would hazard a guess that we can eliminate during World War II.

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4 Responses to “Sign of our house’s history”

  1. Amalie says:

    Jeez Louise, I just clicked through your links from yesterday, and that was quite a specimen. I really love the crap that gets left behind when people move. You wonder how it ended up in their possession in the first place…I’ve also ended up with some not half bad furniture that way…

    I meant to post the other day, but I think opening up the porches is an excellent idea– it was on the “must have” list when we were house hunting. Porch life is, to me, such a huge part of living in a neighborhood, especially front porch life. There’s no telling what kind of wood is on the floor in there, or what shape it’s in. The early century farm-style house we lived in when I was little always had painted porch floors.

  2. Lisa says:

    The specimen, on the back, is signed Margaret. Can you imagine how that would have happened? And why isn’t there a pair?

  3. Bill says:

    To be fair, the threshold for “cool” is fairly low in our family, no?

  4. Hi, I am a friend of Herman the third. We lived in California and he was like a brother to me. We lost contact and I am really interested in contacting. I know his sister’s name was Cindy Ash. I don’t know what it is now. But his dad owned the Ribhouse. I traveled to Ark. with Dubber one summer. Please help me find my little brother.

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