Monday, May 30, 2016

Mish Mash of Stuff.....

Oh boy, not really sure where to start! There is nothing really "new" happening at the moment, my partner opted to switch jobs as the one he got wasn't giving him the hours he was promised and now he is pretty much starting back from scratch at the place he was at in Arizona. He is finally getting hours and we may actually have extra money to put into things....Right now, its been pretty much "yard" stuff and "attempting" to get active in town. 

In the last post, I talked about, homes being demolished here and attempting to save them from the bulldozer and I suppose maybe I have this odd goal of starting a preservation society for the town of Salisbury. Here are some local homes that I found for sale, yes needing work but they are qualified for "Antique" status...


All three of these homes, are on the market for 10,000$!! I noticed a sign, stuck in front of one of the homes, the one with the car in front, was used as a nursery and the rear has what is left of the green houses. The other two, I heard have been "stripped" clean but at the price you are paying, one can either make a good home out of all three and have a large property or put 10-20k into each and rent them for 500-600$ a month and call them investment properties. I wish I had the funds to do it...



This one, just got a fresh new forsale sign on it. From what I have heard, the home still contains all the chair rails, tongue groove pine and/or shiplap in. It was supposedly just plastic'd over and then drywalled over that to try and insulate. The last owner, didn't keep the power on and didn't realize there was a subpump in the cellar...More then likely there will be issues from that....You can message me, and I can provide phone numbers!


Its mulberry season here, just started a few days ago and I have a white mulberry tree on the property...


I couldn't figure out what to do with the tree......It is really to tall to easily pick the berries and so I was thinking of topping it every year....but to day, I found out, I can bend the branches way down....IDEA!! I am going to tie blocks on the branches and train the tree into a bush forum, it will have all its branches bent down towards the ground...It will train it into a cool shape, that will create a fort under it and make berry picking easy....PLUSSSS...it would destroy the house...


Under the tree, is a Peony that has been there probably since the 40's it is called "Bowl of Beauty". Peony season is wrapping up here and this was the first one that opened. I caught a mud dubber in the act of checking it out. I will have to dig up the clump, this fall/winter/spring and move them into a sunnier location as the trees are just blocking to much sun..


Pretty big clump!




We went for a walk to the library, which turned into us walking down a gravel road and then to the local city cemetery. It is an interesting place, in a very gorgeous view and for me....the peonies were something amazing! Tons of really old varieties, that have been growing undisturbed for decades! I very selectively grabbed a few and brought them back and my thought was to get them Id'ed and be able to locate plants to add on this property. I wish I could get clippings from them, but they can only be divided by roots and I don't want to attempt to dig up them from the graves. The Iris's though, I did get cuttings as they are simple to get plants from just pull a flag. The two pictured are Edina and Flavescens both from the 19th century! I also got another orange and yellow iris but I didn't want to pick the only two flowers on the clump.


We started our "test" veggie garden, my partner got me a tomato and strawberry plants....so I had to start something...then I bought some seeds...I made a trellis for the green beans out of sticks and this has brought up a lot of love. One person wanted to know what type of tree we were planting and a others have been saying what a neat idea...Man I am a pioneer around these parts! Just give us more time, and see what we do!! Also got another planter made out of rubble, and I am attempting to get the mirrored one up and the area cleaned up....but the weather has been all strange and then stricken with a cold....I haven't gotten back to it...


An Ameryllis bloomed today, well two for a total of four blooms. I was kinda shocked to see them bloom....I planted a lot of seeds, in just random places and so I will also get some summer flowers....Some day, will have a whole yard of blossoms like this!




Sunday, May 22, 2016

I'm WIREDDDDDDD!!!!

Well not technically from coffee...but I am wired to the internet!! Whooooo!!! Things work so fast, I am scared of this! We got the 25mbps package, which is expensive near 80$! but man its so fast. I am shocked really, that we can get in this small town of Salisbury Missouri speed packages up to 300mbps! That is crazy, we are supposedly so rural, that this isn't suppose to happen. Even on Page, Arizona...The tourist mecca of Arizona supposedly, we could only get...if lucky 3mbps at roughly the same price and I believe...That we have a ton more opportunities then there...


Well lets talk about Salisbury, well lets talk Missouri in general....All I have to say, is you folks are missing an amazing part of America....For living that is!!

I can't understand why more east cost folks, don't discover Missouri....I am death struck on why so many people are rushing to buy cheap homes in Detroit, Ohio, North Caroline and even New York...I mean yes I found this place by total chance, and a property that was originally listed for 55k. Searching revealed only expensive properties, 95k, 180k, 40k...crazy prices....But when I looked on Google Earth...I seen so many vacant homes and the first trip up here....showed me total ghost towns...but why?

Well as I become a local, I find out things and not for the good! I learn that a lot of these small homes are only valued at 4k, 5k and these are inhabited. How can that be? Well taxes are super cheap in this town, lets say two...two bedroom houses the property tax is 500$ a year!!

Ah taxes! Well it seems like, in these small town America communities. The folks are old, so old....most have turned to dust! literally! and their homes just sit...no one to maintain them. Taxes become due and no one pays them. The city, forecloses on the properties and unlike large cities, there is no auction on city hall steps. Instead, the city simply pays to have the homes demo'd and then maintain the lots. What??? Do you know how many people would die for a cheap home?? 

So all you Detroit freaks or people addicted to Nicole Curtis aka Rehab Addict...There are other places in America, turning into Detroit, communities turning into lots...and many many many lots..

I sit right here, with a view of 6!! empty and abandoned homes...



This one's come down in the next few days, and I have been preaching to the new buyer to NOT demo it and the reasons why. He thinks that these older homes are a blight to the community and as long as they are standing no one will buy around here and build anew. But that isn't the case, if you look around town...or frankly right across the street...you see many many empty lots...

The fact is, that the town doesn't warrant the building of new homes, there just isn't any resale value for anything....because why? There is no shortage of homes or land...why? Because the older generation is turning to dust and there isn't anyone younger to repopulate this town....Why?? Because no one knows how cheap homes can be had here...



Look at this poor beauty, just gone...the porch is slowly collapsing and look at that unique redbud tree?

 

Just browse the town with Google Earth, there are so many of these just abandoned homes....I heard last year, this town tore down 70 homes and they are awaiting a grant to tear down 70 more. A few towns over, they are demo'ing over 60 homes! I am told, you drive threw town and just look for the huge red X's on the buildings...WOW really??? Why not offer them for sale???

My understanding, is pretty much...you just find a home you like....go to city hall, ask who owns it....get a phone number, tell em you want to buy it...if not already owned by the city....and say hey, I have XXX in cash right now....

So this is Salisbury! A town, slowly being demo'd into a field not of dreams....I told the guy on the corner, the more of these homes that are demo'd....The more of the community that will be lost...As no one is building a new home on all these empty lots....I say soon, we will be the only ones on this whole block....surround by just over grown lots...

You may there we are in the boonies, no local towns? No jobs? Ah that is a misconception....The large town is 24 miles away...the next bigger town 20 miles away from that...there are towns to the right, to the left and everywhere in between....There are factories...Kansas City is a two hour drive...you may think OMG?? That is long....umm no!! I would spend three hours in traffic to get to San Francisco which was 25 miles from my home!! Plus there was toll! There is no toll here, no traffic....just country...You may be shocked because so n so will only pay you 10$ an hour....Really?? You just bought your home for 4000$, your taxes are maybe 10% of that....Water, Sewer, trash collection and electricity only cost us 80$ a month! Food?? You can grow every imaginable vegetables, fruit and poultry right in your own front yard...,Yeah you also get a yard!! In California, I was paying 1200$ a month for a two bedroom house in the ghetto...Where the city would tell me, where I need to put my trash cans!!

So you see, even if you take a huge pay cute, you don't need to worry because you just cut your cost of living down 90%....You don't have to give up the internet, you don't have to be out of the big cities and you don't have violence! The closets thing I have had, to crime...Is a drunk guy wondering over, wanting to talk for a few hours....I'll take that over a drive by any day!!

My god people, MIGRATEEEEEE 

We went for a walk, to the local cemetery to visit with the dead, just look how beautiful....Green grass, Blue Sky, Trees! OMG we even have fireflies...Do you know how amazing it is to watch the fireflies dance at dusk?


As usual, you can find more about me on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/stlukeamechurchsalisbury/

Since I have the internet, and I am wired!!! I will be able to hopefully get more neat stuff posted....but oh boy how I wish people would join me, in my little commune named Salisbury Missouri....Imagine the world, enough of us could make if we all just flocked together!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bottle Diggin!!!

Well I get board, on the same project and well my mind wanders....and....well on a century plus old property there are a lot of things to do! There is a pile of bricks on the slop behind the parsonage and technically it isn't out property but....I am told the church used the neighbors property and since her ex-husband refuses to walk the weed eater to the slop....I decided I would really like to have the bricks....And walking that way, I stumbled onto old timbers in the soil....Curiosity got to me....


Here, is a map snipit from an early 1900's plat map, you can see the tiny square in the left hand plot. This is one of the outhouses I am sure and with a public structure, there would have been many many more. I found the bricks and timbers in the bottom right corner of that same plot.


Under that one timber, I opted to dig....just for a bit....and the first find was a 1950's coca cola bottle and that started it! I began to dig more and focusing on digging to the slop edge where all the bricks were...


I noticed, that in my pit....Nothing seemed to go down farther then the level of the neighbors rear yard. It seemed odd, it also seemed odd that it was spread out everywhere....So I just figured I will do a zig zig pattern and this area will be ready for a garden....Less yard to mow, and more flowers n edibles are always a good thing..


My discovers, resulted in all sorts of broken bottles, jars, crocs and even a high heel! But most of the pieces weren't around the others??


Occasional, I would find a few whole ones and some really old, like the ink well in the photo and the medicine bottles. There was even a piece of an old bitters bottle. 

It is really an odd mix of stuff and adds to another mystery....Where is the outhouse?? and where did all this come from?? Why is it all mixed together??? Probing the ground, shows there is coal, old garbage and just about everything else you can imagine all over the yard and just a few scratches down from the surface. It makes attempting to dig for bottles, or anything else near impossible. What I am concluding, is that at some point and maybe in the 50's? The are was filled to bring up the height...It appears maybe the slope was closer to the street and that it was an attempt at leveling out the plots?? It is a big mystery, and who knows what else I may find. So far its been raining to close together to make it easy to dig, but I do plan on working on this area more and see what more I can unearth....

I am still waiting on high speed internet to be installed, but as soon as I do I will be able to more easily do posts. I do encourage anyone following to like/friends/follow me on facebook! I usually do right at the moment quick posts on there, of things I discover!!

 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ms Tooley's Kitchen......

Well I will start off with, a quest for a refrigerator and what it brought me....

 

So I was on the quest for a lawn mower originally and I was talking with a councilman who said he had one and would bring it by. When he brought it by, I told him that I am looking for a refrigerator and he said I have one if you don't mind third hand. I went with him, over to his house and he showed it to me. I was expecting some avocado green number or modern equivalent but what he showed me was a Philco! He inherited the home from Ms Virlea Tooley Hayes.


Here is the Notation, from when she joined the church, it appears these ledgers may come in handy! Sadly she passed this fall. But her kitchen appliances will live on! 

 

Here I am shoeing the refrigerator and washing machine, back in service! I ended up getting all 1950's Philco Refrigerator, Maytag Wringer Washer, RCA Whirlpool Freezer 11, a enamel "cracked ice" kitchen table and one small metal cabinet. The rest of the cabinets, that matched the small one, a cabinet and the 50's step stool was also there but sadly after sitting for so many years on concrete the bottoms were long ago rusted away.

Unfortunately, the appliances, also have some serious rust but that doesn't keep me from using them! I would love to restore them and put in my kitchen but I haven't yet decided if they are feasible or able to. The refrigerator needs shelves, inner door inner, seal, bottom metal and I have no idea if I could even find replacements. The washer does appear to be complete and solid enough for a restore...That is just a really greasy mess but all the seals are still being sold today. I even have the small apartment size stove on order!

While retrieving the freezer, I seen more vintage stuff that peaked my interests and this chair! He said he hauled away 42 tons of stuff, from the garage but opted to keep the chair....oh I wish I was here for that!...I told him, keep me in mind before he tosses anything else out that is vintage or old...because I love vintage! I used Howard's Feed n Wax with steel wool, to bring a shine back to it. I think its from the early part of 20th century...I am sitting in it now...


Also this week, I discover my third snake! This one I surprised, as much as he did me but I just hung up some clothes and had the vintage bamboo laundry basket in my hands....I scoped him in, and took him down to the creek....

 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

There goes another.....



Well I have a ton of stuff I need to post, but now we are see good weather and I will probably disappear till the next storm :p We are getting internet, and that is another story...But today I post, because the town is losing another older home. I am told this one is gothic revival, well what is left of it, and it is the cutest little two story house. Of course it has all the issues, inherited with the property I bought but I won't be able to save this one.......

Today I was informed, that it has been sold for the sure intent of demolishing it and "trying" to sell the lot. We'll good luck on that! we have a ton of "lots" forsale in town and I just meet a person with one. He was asking us, if we were interested in the lot as he was sick of mowing it and he too demo'd a house that sat on it. 

It really is sad! I was trying to preach to him, that if people we're aware that homes could be bought here for 4k, that people would buy and that the only reason they don't know about them; is that they aren't advertised. The issues are that these homes are worth so little, that there is never an MLS Listing nor is there ads placed on craigslist or ebay. They are simply demolished and lost. 

I was stating that if people were aware that homes can be bought in small town america for so little and a person doesn't have to give up safety, the internet nor -30 inn the winter...They would move here, but no one is aware and thus no one moves out here. They all hear about 1$ homes in Detroit and they becomes the next big boom. The same thing happened to me, I never knew that real estate was so cheap out here, I had no idea a habitable home can be bought for 8k and rent is around 400$ a house. I mean shesh...Why does one need to make 30$ an hour when rent and real estate is so low....Working at the local gas n go, would bring in enough to buy food with...

He then went on to attack the parsonage again and the church. Telling me that the whole parsonage needs to be lifted, a new foundation poured and that it isn't feasible. Yeah to you it isn't, to me it is and sorry mate but there are others that feel the same. Just because your view is one, doesn't mean its the view of all and there are folks restoring worse.

He was talking about, how these vacant/abandon homes are blight in this part of town and it is keeping people from moving over here. Well you need to get use to the facts, we are on the "other side of the tracks" here and this was one of two known African American subdivision and sadly there are only 25 left but the old timers have left the impression that this is the "Ghetto" and that will stick. 

One neighbor asked him, what is he going to do with the property and he stated that he will mow it. Ha that is great, bulldoze a house that could still be restored, sold, rented or lived in....To hope the lot will sell and someone will build a home there. Well I think that is the dream of every other "lot" owner or folks who demo'd a house too...

I then told him, we would love to scavenge the home and would love to take the windows/trim. He was just bragging about how he will be taking it down, bring in a dumpster, starting on the siding, the roof, and then inside...Tossing it all in the dumpster...So I naturally asked if I could save what I could to reuse here...

Well....

He tells the neighbor, I know of someone who I can sell all the lumber too...HUH?? You just stated you were tossing it all in the dumpster. Well I hate to not be able to save what I can, but I am not paying for rotted wood...Just because I want to save, and hope I can reuse the stuff. It is things that I don't need and I can't resale.....Just wanting to save it from the landfill....

Well I imagine shortly, I will be watching a home, being hauled away...via the dumpster...I will post more photos of course....

Friday, April 15, 2016

Restoration Pioneers!!


Well I am being called a Hustler and a Pioneer....I will call them good things! When we moved in, we found out, that down the street was a city councilman, him and the women who he was living with both attended this church. She Ms Virlea Tooley Hayes was the last Church secretary per say, and had a great love of this church. Yesterday he stopped by, I told him I need a Lawn Mower and today he delivered a lawn mower. He then started to tell me, about yesterday being his last day at City Hall and how we were the talk of that night....Oh that is never good! but he says it was all good things and he was telling them all the plans I have for the future of the property. Well isn't that awesome! Now I just need others to move on down here, the sadly tore down another 1800's era home! I was sadden! I was just saying that I really wish I had the windows! 


Let's talk Bathrooms, as this is really what I did last and I wasn't planning on gutting the whole bathroom butttt....things change....

 

I found out, that we have "Pitch Pipe" or "Orangeburg" as our sewer line out to the street on the house which is HORRIBLE! After checking with the city, I found out the line is buried between 8-15ft under the ground but only 2ft behind the house. So my band aid fix will be to dig back to a un ovaled joint and patch in PVC. I found out this was also the huge pipe, under the house running to the sink, that I thought was lead....I also found out, that the cast iron for the water pipes is all but rusted out and this means we need to trench from the back of the church to the house and lay down a new one inch PEX line...OH FUN!! 


Demo'ing out the bathroom, as there was now no point in keeping it together as all the plumbing now has to be redone, revealed the past and more Congnlium! This time, it unveiled something call "congowall" I have never seen this before! Also we have a nifty mid century congnlium rug...Sadly neither was worth saving, but I am thinking of now tiling the bathroom with the red color ties faked in the Congowall! I like the bright red!


First thing, I hit, as soon as the shovel went into the ground was this! And I like it! It is a clue now, as to what type of Stove's the home/parsonage once had. Now to figure out what model "Cole's" stove this came from??


Another fin find of the week, I had a lady on facebook send me a message and told me she has something to tell me about my home. I was really interested! Afterwards, she sent me this neat bit of information and it turns out...it makes sense! It turns out the home/parsonage was painted "Haint Blue" Which was a color brought over with slaves way back when and it was a tradition in Africa to ward off evil spirits! The specific color of the home is called Haint Blue La Maison Dark.


This makes sense, if when the parsonage was built in 1890, they knew there was grave yard under it and this would explain why the whole house is painted this color. They didn't want the bad juju or spirits to float up from the ground into the home. A visit the the historical society in town, lead to the conclusion the "Black" area of the city cemetery doesn't date back far enough to the church and so it is still a possibility there are graves on the property....


And I leave you with more, vintage Wallpaper prints from the kitchen....There is also a good sample of the amount of paper, I am dealing with on the walls and as I said on facebook. I apologize to the citizens of Salisbury for littering the town with Vintage Wallpaper scraps :p