Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
And have to tell about something neat that happened today
I got home this morning after dropping the kids off at VBS and a silver SUV type vehicle follows me into my driveway. A lady in her sixties or so steps out and asks if I owned the house. I told her yes. Her mother was in the car with her and she grew up here. She turned 90 in December. She moved here in 1926. How cool is that?! I let them come in and see the house. The mother was happy with the way we have it decorated and told me I got her approval. lol I found out all kinds of neat stuff about the house. The HUGE walnut tree in our backyard was planted around 1935 by the mother. She brought it home from school and it looked like a stick. She stuck it down in her dad's compost heap and now we have a walnut tree. The backyard was a garden on one side and a fruit tree garden on the other side. And since it was during the depression they always had a table and chairs set up on the back porch for anyone that came by wanting food. Her mother was told to never give them money but to share any food they had. Her father was a higher up on the coal mines that this area was created by. So when he went to buy a house he looked at the mining maps and picked this house because it sits on a pillar so one of the more stable houses in the area. That makes me feel good. There is a beautiful butler's pantry in our kitchen. We always thought it was original to the house. Nope. Mom and the children were going to Decatur to see family in 1930 and dad told mom that he didn't have time to build her the pantry. So she was surprised when she came home and he had built it. I heard about how her and her brother would play and some of the games they played. It was an all around cool experience. : ) I'm glad I could let her relive a bit of her childhood.