March,18….. an old brick house…

This little old house was built in 1965 , it only has three little bedrooms ,one bath, kitchen and a living room. For many years an elderly lady lived in it. Miss Dot was looked out for by all her neighbors from her car to her groceries. We all enjoyed her stories and spunky ways,neighbors got to know each other better for meeting up together at Miss Dot’s .. but Miss Dot made some unwise choices in life causing some family issues . When Miss Dot passed away ,the family then came and totally destroyed the inside of the house looking for who knows what as Miss Dot was as poor as a church mouse.

The house has sat there in this state for several years… as it is just across the road ,we so hated to see this little house growing up in weeds. We offered to buy the place from the owners but there was an issue with title paper work as it had been part of an estate belonging to an aunt. To make a long story short ,the owners came to us saying that the title was clear ,do we still wish to buy! You know it!!! The perfect place for our daughter who wants to go out on her own.

Sooooo… here is what LouAnn and I have been doing… from this to….

Kitchen needs much cleaning ,painting and new cabinets….but trash is out.

Living room…. from this to ….

To this…

Still have two more rooms of trash to go…

And many hrs of cleaning, painting and other repairs,but the little house will be loved again!

It will be good to see lights in the windows at night , instead of weeds growing up .

I did fine Miss Dots old autograph book, the first entry was made in 1948 of Sept.,13 . Here’s how it reads

My last name is Altman

Fort Pierce is my station

I go to school to cut the fool and that’s my education.

Phone no… 977-R4

A few more..

When you get married and have twins don’t come to me for safety pins

When you get married and all out of shape,remember that corsets only cost $1.98

When night draws the curtain and pins them with a star,remember me where ever you are.

When you get old and cannot see,put on your spects and think of me.

There were a lot of roses are red…

And last …police,police,watch your duty for here comes Dorothy the AMERICAN BEAUTY.. ha,ha!๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great week!


Author: Deb

I'm a wife, Mom mom, and a quilter. I also enjoy nature , history and flowers.

19 thoughts on “March,18….. an old brick house…”

  1. How wonderful that you’re breathing new life into that little house! Love those autographs!!
    I hope you post after photos when all is done. Everyone in your neighbourhood must be thrilled to see that the little house is being looked after again.

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    1. As I was reading the autographs,I wondered what would be written in one today…if they are still to be found. I will keep yโ€™all posted.


  2. What a job! I like this kind of cleaning, though, where you can *really* see where you’ve been! I always sort of think of houses as having feelings and I bet this little house is feeling hope and excitement for the first time in years!

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    1. I think too them have feeling! I can just feel itโ€™s deep sigh of contentment as the dirt is being remove. There is real satisfaction in heavy cleaning thatโ€™s for sure.


  3. It’s wonderful that you were able to buy the house, and give it a new life. I loved the autograph book entries. I think that my favorite was: When you get married and all out of shape,remember that corsets only cost $1.98. Those few words give insight into how much has changed over the years.

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    1. I liked that autograph myself,but I wonder if they would have worn corsets in the 1940โ€™s … I thought it would have been more of a girdle like garment.. google here I come.๐Ÿ˜

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  4. How wonderful to save and re-new life into the old building. My father many years ago use to buy old buildings and renovate them, he was always bringing home little treasures that he found during the first big clear out ready to start work. I need to ask what is dawn dish soap and pine sol, I use clear vinegar for cleaning, but I have never heard of the others. I will be lovely to see the little house finished, I’m sure your daughter will love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It is a hand washing dish soap that I mix with vinegar ,it is a good cleaner for our water water that leaves chalk on whatever water is used,toilets sinks ,showers… you know. PineSol is a surface cleaner ,and adds a lovely smell to the house. It is good to see the little place being shined up again,itโ€™s amazing how fast a place can grow up in weeds!

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      1. Thank you for that, I love to know what things are in other countries. Although I use vinegar I have never used it with anything, I will give it a go. Yes if something is not looked after it soon goes down hill, so it’s lovely that soon it will shine all over ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. I use half vinegar and half dish soap if thereโ€™s a lot of hard scum in bathrooms,the soap holds the vinegar to the scum and you can let in soak a bit before scrubbing with a brush.


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