Sunday, August 17, 2008

found

found

there is an old brick firepit in my backyard.

it is too close to where the chicken coop is being built to even think about using it for its original purpose, so i have decided to make it my compost pit. when i started to dig it out, i would find bits and pieces of the former owners here. loads of glass shards went to the trash, but i am collecting the other finds.

back in june, when i started working on the house prior to moving in, i had hauled a trashcan full of weeds and vines to the curb. an older gentleman pulled up asking to see the interior of the house. i was born at night, but not last night and hesitated. he then proceeded to tell me that he had grown up in the house and was curious to how it still looked inside. i asked him if he knew my grandparents and it turned out that his stepfather and my grandfather were close friends. red also said that he wouldn't be surprised if my grandfather didn't help his stepfather build my barnesque garage.

once i knew that he wasn't a stonefaced axekiller, i invited him in to see the house. he showed me where a long hall had been and how the living room had been two rooms originally. doorways & closets had changed, too. i love the newly realized history of this place and hope to keep unearthing more of it.

11 comments:

devotedsatellite said...

what a wonderful story and collection you put together! how nice to be able to interweave the bits and pieces of your home's past with its present.

i've often wondered what it would be like to visit a home i lived in as a child... how kind of you to let him reminisce. i miss your daily posts!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Those are some seriously cool finds. It's like being an archaeologist.

And what a great story about the older man.

machinarex said...

Now *tha* is a seriously cool collection of goodies!

nikkipolani said...

Wait... chicken coop? You're going to have chickens?!

Ginni Dee said...

I can't wait for you to get chickens!! Then my chickens will have internet buds too!

I think you should make a really cool stepping stone or three out of those treasures...especially the pieces of pottery/china. Get thee some sacrete and either make a form out of wood, or use an old cake pan lined with a couple layers of saran, mush up some sacrete, pour it in, poke your treasures in it and let it dry for a couple days. Take it out of the mold and you'll have very cool, historical stepping stones that will last forever.

The history of that house must have just pulled you in. I love that.

Good to see you again, Dawn!

XOXOXOX

Cheryl said...

Your found photo is fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Garber & Glassman from the SWTSU Archeaology field school would love to see what you have found! Better than them throwing old stuff in for my class to escavate and telling after a summer of digging that it was all just an exercise! It sounds like great fun! Love, JFAP

Sis said...

I wish I could dig in your sandbox with you...what cool stuff!

I sure am glad to see you again...
XOXOXOXO

A bird in the hand said...

Were you guided to this house, or what!! Love the photo; it would make such a great poster... xoxo

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

Dawnariffic sweetpea! I love those scissors and the little pieceofwheel....makes me wonder what it was a part of. So glad you're getting settled into your newold place my friend! xoxo

fiwa said...

the synchronicity of it all gives me chill bumps.

dadgummit... I'm so jealous of you ladies with your chickens. I want some!