Five Haunting Abandoned Houses

Five Haunting Abandoned Houses

While driving through a sparsely populated area of southwestern Nebraska I encountered a depressing amount of Victorian-era houses (which had once been grand for their locale) in advanced stages of deterioration.  Despite their weathered facades, these houses were...
The Sudden Loss of Character

The Sudden Loss of Character

I drove by a house today which is undergoing an unfortunate and all-too-common procedure: it is losing its architectural integrity and will be gaining lots of vinyl and other synthetic products.  I caught the house mid-way though the process… replacement windows...
Auction Action – Part 2

Auction Action – Part 2

Today it was time once again for the Lions Clubs’ annual consignment auction… an event generally I think of as marking the near arrival of Spring.  It was breezy outside, but at least it wasn’t snowing as it had last year.  As there wasn’t...
Fun With Nit-picking

Fun With Nit-picking

I love looking at houses on Zillow.com – you never know what will turn up.  I used to look only at old houses there (those built in the early twentieth century or earlier).  But lately I find myself drawn to the clumsy and distorted newer houses which are...
A Century-Old Tiny House

A Century-Old Tiny House

Long before it became fashionable and trendy, living on a small scale was quite common.  In most towns and cities, the earliest houses were built on a modest and utilitarian scale.  Many such structures, particularly those of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,...