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Old 05-04-2010, 10:35 AM   #41
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After seeing all your houses Iīm a bit embarrased at showing mine. But this isnīt a contest, is it? I like the new trend of posts are going a lot Itīs a pic of what you call the backyard. The front part is uglier, and I have my pride, so youīll have to go without seeing it
I thought I saw some rock wall and header above the doorway behind you and your son! Huge fan of natural stone use in homes - recently looked at this house near Loma Linda California - unfortunately, very poorly done homeowner work and it gave evidence of wanting to come down it's hill! Also like that you use the wood in it's natural state, unpainted.
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Here's mine from Google streetview, and a view from the back deck from my facebook page. The house is a little on the dumpy side, but it keeps the hot and cold out, and we don't get rained on, and we love the views and neighborhood. Very conveniently located and cheap to boot. Oh yeah, we own the house on the left in the first photo.
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Here's mine from Google streetview, and a view from the back deck from my facebook page. The house is a little on the dumpy side, but it keeps the hot and cold out, and we don't get rained on, and we love the views and neighborhood. Very conveniently located and cheap to boot.
Is that a lake you're on?
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Is that a lake you're on?
Yes, it is. Lake Fuego.
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Yes, it is. Lake Fuego.
Very nice! And it's a genuine lake, unlike "Lake W2R" that occurs in my back yard after heavy rains.
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I have one of those little ponds with a plastic liner and fountain in my back yard. It's about 5 feet by 2 feet. Here's a picture of it. We call it Lake Purron.
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Very nice! And it's a genuine lake, unlike "Lake W2R" that occurs in my back yard after heavy rains.
We live in the city, so it is a small lake, but we really like the scenery, autumn tree colors, the wildlife, and the sunsets.
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DW's "dream house":



Back view. I need to water that grass!


My dream house.
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Anyone ever use an out house? This one looks exactly like the one my great grandmother had.....



I have to tell ya, I got splinters in my tookus....
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Back view. I need to water that grass!


My dream house.
Quite the Mcmansion you got............
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Anyone ever use an out house? This one looks exactly like the one my great grandmother had.....



I have to tell ya, I got splinters in my tookus....
Growing up my folks wanted to raise us in the country - that meant a number of increasingly large bits of acreage for the cattle and not a lot of consideration for the house. Can remember at least four places that had outhouses - even though the homes had indoor plumbing. Where others had mortgage burnings, we had the ceremonial outhouse burning once we were all moved in and everything was working. During the couple years the family lived in a barn while building a house they actually built an outhouse and had an outdoor solar shower and hauled water from the springhouse. Missed most of that by being in the Navy. To tough for my delicate sensibilities.
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Growing up my folks wanted to raise us in the country - that meant a number of increasingly large bits of acreage for the cattle and not a lot of consideration for the house. Can remember at least four places that had outhouses - even though the homes had indoor plumbing. Where others had mortgage burnings, we had the ceremonial outhouse burning once we were all moved in and everything was working. During the couple years the family lived in a barn while building a house they actually built an outhouse and had an outdoor solar shower and hauled water from the springhouse. Missed most of that by being in the Navy. To tough for my delicate sensibilities.
Heh...me too.

My mom and dad never had indoor plumbing when they were growing up. They lived in a rural area; hoed and chopped cotton, tended to the garden and took care of the animals. When they married and had me, we always lived in a house with indoor plumbing and electricity. The houses were old, rundown and drafty, but I never felt sad or afraid because they were there.

The biggest complaint I have now about my house is the color of a couple of walls....

I need to remind myself more often how truly fortunate I am.
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I have to tell ya, I got splinters in my tookus....
I did... When I was a kid my parents decided to renovate an old country house that didn't have bathrooms. We used to spend our week-ends and summers there and for several years, until the renovation was finally completed, we had to use the old outhouse. We also had to heat some water on the stove to take our showers outside... Thank goodness for indoor plumbing.
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Being a city dweller all my life, I would just not go to such weekend "retreat", if I had a choice.

Thank goodness for RVs.
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Looking over all these beautiful homes makes me wonder of some in our company don't have a lot of their net worth in real estate. True, in some parts of the country nice large homes are reasonably priced, but as we have seen of late having a nice place to live that isn't more than we need can be freeing. [I know, says I with the view avatar!]
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Being a city dweller all my life, I would just not go to such weekend "retreat", if I had a choice.

Thank goodness for RVs.
Oh we had a RV too... It was a pop-up camper though. Still no bathroom...

Of course, now the old country house has all the comforts of modern life, including satellite TV, telephone, high speed internet, a massage therapy tub (and 3 bathrooms, yeah!), and for my step mom's enjoyment a dishwasher! It may not seem like much, but my dad considered many of these "luxuries" non-grata for many years... Given the house's secluded location in the mountains, my dad wanted it to be a haven and he felt that modern conveniences would get in the way.



The house is still a work in progress though (it has been for 36 years). The driveway should have been paved by now.
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Anyone ever use an out house? This one looks exactly like the one my great grandmother had.....



I have to tell ya, I got splinters in my tookus....
Yes, I have used an outhouse and I guarantee one does not waste time in there at 30 below zero.
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