in the old house.
On a farm multiple buildings always means something needs repairing, sorting, or improving. This house was where my sister was born and where two siblings were born that we never knew.
Thanks to varmints and dogs chasing said varmints there is some disarray inside this small three room house where three generations have stayed at different times.
The death of Mom, the watching of Dad until his death, the ice storms, the tornado, and health and life in general has kept me from doing a proper job keeping the outbuildings in order.
One year the chickens laid eggs in the attic. The dogs have continued to search and seize any trespassers that entered the old home.
After the tornado the loose tin caused some water damage. The roof was repaired but water has caused a floor joist to fall. Know this is a box construction house. No two by's. No four by's but a simple floor joist system and roof rafters with board and batting connecting the two. Paper and cloth was used for insulation if you can even call it that.
Primarily used for storage I have my work cut out for me. I am slowly sorting things that have ruined from over sixty years of storage, saving what I can and repairing as I go.
One room is on a slant so I slide in, grab a box and run uphill to get it to level floor and repeat and repeat. I sort and stack in a solid room.
I sort, reduce, protect and stack. I would carry a sack to my throw a way pile while keeping the "good" stuff. When I needed air I would carry a box of bottles from my other project and place it in the lean-to kitchen. A thousand steps, a million steps....maybe more. Until the muscle cramps and promise of rain stopped me.
An old wringer washer
a wood cook stove
A complete school desk from a one room school house
I've written how two small houses were pulled up the creek by horses and a sled joined by a common roof. A lean-to kitchen was added. This was in the early thirties so there is no way to tell how old the house or houses really are.
I remember being warm in winter with no insulation. I remember the smell and taste of Mom's biscuits. I remember Dad setting us out during the first snowy morning to run around the house to keep our feet warm all winter. .I remember hauling water from the same spring we use today. I remember the weight of all the quilts in winter and the cool breezes of summer. I remember the love.
In this house with each box and bag, I remember. Yes, I remember. This is the reason I work in this old house...to save those memories and perhaps, just maybe, make more.
Just in case you were worried, I have not lost my marbles. In fact I may possibly have five or six generations of marbles, so I'm in good shape.