H is for House

House that Yarn Built.

I thought this was over and felt badly that I forgot to contribute, but Ruth reminded me in this post. Allison at Simply Socks is matching donations up to $1000, so if you are like me and wanted to do this but forgot, have at it! Make it Right is where you donate (the big ‘donate now’ button), and after a bit you’re given the opportunity to indicate it is the House that Yarn Built (I’m telling you because I spent a few minutes puzzling about where to actually donate).

I’ve been back to take some pictures of the two houses I grew up in,
kindergarten to 5th grade, Tewksbury MA, the right corner window was my room

5th grade to leaving for college, Wilmington MA, the left corner window was my room.

Both pictures were taken on drive-bys. Driving done by my brother. And though he’d humor me enough to take me to these places, he wouldn’t actually stop.

I never lived here, but this is the family farmstead in Bristol ME. Built by an ancestor in the mid 1700′s, and somebody in my biological father’s family still owns it. They come up for the summers. I’ve visited, and it’s pretty interesting inside, a real old-fashioned center chimney cape with fireplaces in the four rooms. And an attic FULL of old stuff, including an old loom mostly held together with pegs and a few square nails and it still has fabric on it. I told the men (who would be my father’s cousins, so my cousins once removed) who own it, they should consider giving a bunch of that stuff to a historical society. I was only in the attic for a few minutes, but it would surely be a place to spend some time. And all of the old portraits? I look like these people. People I don’t know in the least. It was interesting. And a bit creepy. My favorite part of visiting these folks is talking with Dulce Maria, wife to one of my cousins. She’s from Guadelajara. She welcomes my bad Spanish! And like her name, she is very sweet (but not in a saccharine way).

Our house last May.
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why yes that is some fortification in hand

It will look like this again soon. We’ve called our woodman.

I’m grateful for my houses. For my shelter. And that I don’t by necessity have to live in a place like this,
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If you are too, go Make it Right.

10 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    April 24, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

    Wow, how cool that house is still in your family!

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    Carole said,

    April 24, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

    I loved seeing all your houses! I’m sure our wood will be coming one of these days, too. We burn about 4 cord each year. How about you?

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    mia said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 6:08 am

    HEy, that’s EXACTLY what I do when it’s wood stackin’ time *grin*

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    Allison said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 9:47 am

    I know what you mean- I’m very grateful that I haven’t been directly affected by the hurricane. Thanks so much for donating!

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    Emily said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 10:00 am

    I love occassionally driving by houses that I grew up in.

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    mollybee said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

    Great post! I must admit I don’t miss the days when the woodman used to come to our house. We’d bet a log truck chock-a-block loaded with full length trees. Dad would split them with the chainsaw and then put them on the log splitter and we would load them on the pickup. After the truck was full, we’d back it up to the house and chuck the splits into the cellar through a window. Then we’d go down cellar and pile it. OMG! YUCK! I tore the tendons off both wrists by the time I moved away! :-)

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    Patricia said,

    April 26, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

    Hey, Lisa. Thanks for Make It Right link – it touches family and other connections. Steph, Megan and Alyson are all headed to NOLA on Wednesday for a week – first time for each of them since Katrina. I’ve made another contribution – thanks again for the reminder.
    sounds like you’re feeling better? Hope so!

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    olga said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 11:16 am

    Love the old pic of your old ‘cribs’ I have an old one of the first house I lived in when I was born in Mass. My mom got a letter from a old friend who still lives on that street and she said that house sold for over 300,000 a few years ago, I think my dad bought it for 15,000 or less.

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    Gramily said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

    Nice work with Make it Right. I hadn’t heard of it before. Also nice work with your personal history. Cool idea to take photos of your former residences, and combine with the wood and tent. It puts a lot of perspective up front.

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    Rosanne said,

    April 29, 2008 @ 11:36 am

    What an interesting old house at the farmstead. I assume it was added on to as the family increased since it was built back in a time when families tended to stay together. What a nice sense of family history it must give you.

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