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Update on the House and Some Pictures

Well, the house I grew up in is officially no more. I was there when my dad made attempt one at taking the house down and the thing didn't budge. They built to last back in 1914. One wall beam was made out of 4 2x4's put together and that was an outside wall. They ended up having to take it out a room at a time pretty much.

They left the floor area that covers the basement. Ultimately, he'll build something that connects to that basement and they can use it as a storm shelter since they are in a tornado prone area.

The new house has been delivered. They haven't officially moved in since there were a few issues in moving (ceiling crack, doors messed up, etc.) that the company is working on fixing. Plus, they have to find themselves a bed. They have a kitchen table my found for $100 at a Salvation Army store. It comes with two extra leaves to expand out and four chairs. They have beds for the guest rooms. I gave them a small three drawer dresser I'm not using. They have an entertainment center for one of the bedrooms. And a couch will be delivered on Wednesday. So furniture is coming slowly, but surly.

They still need the check from the insurance on the contents of the house. But they know they are getting the full amount, so that is good. Just have to wait for the paperwork to finalize and the check to mail out.

I'm a bit turned around over there now. Things aren't where they were. It's kind of disorienting. And there's a pecan tree that I remember when it was planted that is taller than I think it should be. It makes me feel old.

Below are some pictures of the new place, as well as some pictures saved from the house.

My parents in front of their new home.

Front view of the new house from across the road.

View of the front of the new house. Some tree branches were sacrificed, as well as two of my mom's lilac bushes.

View from the guest bedroom down the hallway to the living room, etc.

Larger of the two guest rooms.

Smaller of the two guest rooms. This one will be my niece's room for when she visits grandma and grandpa, hence the pink.

The guest bathroom.

Living room, beyond which you can see the dining area and kitchen.

Dining area and the new-used table my mom got for $100.

Counter and kitchen sink area.

Dish washer and a pantry area.

Stove and microwave area. My mom won't know what to do with the counter space and cabinets.

Fridge (with ice maker and water) and more cabinets.

The master bedroom.

The master bedroom and looking into the master bath.

The master bath with a whirlpool tub.

The master bath shower with seats.

The master bath dual sinks and the closet off to the side.

The first houseplant. My mom got a new bamboo plant to replace the one she lost in the fire. I found it's remnants buried on the kitchen floor while sifting through things. All that was left was the roots. :-(

This picture was taken of the house in 1920 about 6 years after it was built. There are three people in the picture... My great (however many times) grandmother. My great-great-uncle Robbie and great-great-aunt Pauline. I need to find some good pictures of the house as it was when I lived in it.

I'm so glad I found this picture. I've always called it my Child of the 80s picture. I'm wearing a Star Wars shirt. I have a Strawberry Shortcake belt on and my brother and sister are playing Atari in the background. (PS: The Atari survived the fire and I have it at my place working... Yay!)

Me back in the day. I had my favorite things: my rocking chair, my blanket and my striped footed pajamas. I was at peace. I have no idea how I slept in that chair, but I did all the time. There's several pictures of me asleep in it. I have a drawing I did of this picture in color pencil and watercolor that survived the fire and I'll have to post sometime.

This is a letter I wrote to Santa in the mid-80s. I actually got several of the things I asked for. Let me know if you want a full translation.

Another 'favorite' picture. This is me in 1988 shooting a 30 caliber Browning machine gun with my dad. :-)

This is a picture of Callie and Abu from several years back. Callie is the one that survived and Abu was my cat that did not survive. They were brother and sister from the same litter.


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Oct. 25th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Kayla thanks so much for showing us your folks and their new place. It looks great! I'm sure everything is disorienting and I'm so sorry for the ultimate loss of the house and Abu and the other cats.

And many of the memories, like the plant.

You continue to be in our thoughts! Many hugs!
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
What really threw me off was that my dad relocated the gas tank across the driveway and I was looking out a window from the new place was completely turned around until my mom told me that. Then it all came together. It will take some getting used to.

And thank again for all the hugs...! :-)
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that its coming back together for your family, though it will still be unnerving for a while.

And my, don't you just look so adorable in those first two childhood pictures!
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
Their new home is gorgeous - and you can tell your mom I am officially envious of her kitchen :D :D

I can't imagine the loss for your family, Kayla, and I'm really really glad things are moving forward for them.
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update and the pics - the new house looks lovely!

BTW, you were quite the adorable child.
Oct. 25th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Where are the neighbors, nearby? Is there a community?
Is there a church your folks go to?
Yes, you look like quite the little heartbreaker in
those early days. Did you
have friends living near by? Where did you go to school.?
If you think my questions are crazy, I'm a NYC girl and I
don't think I've ever been in a house with two guestbedrooms in my life
Maybe once. In Budapest. lol
Regards to the folks. .Selma
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
The new home is very nice, and I hope your folks are happy there - thanks for keeping us posted.

Heehee, and I loved your kid pics :D
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for keeping us updated on how things are going. Glad the insurance is paying them in full for the loss.
The new place looks ginormous, and I'm so jealous of the master bathroom with its whirlpool tub.

Hope your kitty Callie is OK and getting over the loss of her sibling. Sometimes we forget animals feel these things deeply too.

Hugs to you all, and hope you're parents will be settled in with the essentials come Christmas.
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to learn about the new place. I'll have to make sure that Elizabeth sees some of these pictures-for all I know, she may have a handful of photos, too.
Oct. 25th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh - the new place looks wonderful! I love the cabinets and the appliances and the countertops... (thinks about mine and cusses.) Looks like some good came out of the bad.
Pets for the cat who survived - hope she still has at least 7 or so lives left. And sorrows for the ones who didn't, but I'm sure they are there in your hearts.

(I live in a manufactured home too, an 'L' shaped one.)
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Very nice house. You have some great memories and mementos from the old place too. :)
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
The new home looks great! Sooo jealous of the kitchen appliances!!! LOL!

I bet it's disorienting at first, and it'll be a good long while until the loss and the hurt is gone, but it's reassuring to know that the insurance will pay for everything, and that your parents have a new place to live.

And yay! Invaluable photos! You were ridiculously cute as a kid! *hugs you* And the Atari survived, how cool is that?! :D
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