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Now we know …


why they didn’t dig a full basement under this house when it was built in about 1961. Look at the layer of rock underneath the red clay – they broke rock off and on for 2 days. It was a good thing the white pipe (connected to a downspout) was there when it rained yesterday afternoon, as it carried the water out so it wasn’t pouring down right next to the wall.

Lots of rock!

Lots of rock!

It’s been a good, strong house, and you can’t get lumber of the quality they used any more, but it’s definitely got some strange construction details. One of Himself’s very early projects was to go up in the attic and turn all the insulation batts over – they’d been put in wrong side up. Another detail we’ve just discovered is that there isn’t a conventional foundation, so the concrete guys are going to have to do some seat-of-the-pants engineering to make sure that what’s here stays put until they get the new walls poured.



Maggie does cute so well.

The first Trekking sock is done, and I’m past the gusset on sock #2, so I’ll have another pair of socks in time for cooler weather πŸ™‚

Trekking Sock

Trekking Sock

The bittersweet that grew up the electric pole is turning color, another sign that fall is here.

Bittersweet vine

Bittersweet vine

Bittersweet Berries


Author: joyknits

Knitter, designer, tech editor, spinner sharing a home in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband (53 years and counting), 1 dog, 2 cats, and way too much stash!

3 thoughts on “Now we know …

  1. Pretty bittersweet photos.

    Unconventional foundation….interesting. πŸ˜€ I used to think there was a science to house building but I now believe it is an art. Your construction is moving right along.

  2. We do not have bittersweet, but I love it so much. I find there are very few houses outside of subdivision houses now that have anything like conventional construction, but they have lasted forever. Yes, I believe Maggie has cute down to an art, but Amber is still the forecat. And, I love your sock. It’s so pretty and will look great with jeans!

  3. Ah, the joys of home ownership are many, are they not? And sometimes so surprising.
    ; )

    Yay for seat-of-the-pants engineers!!

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