|Hubby standing next to 'fireplace', spring 1969|
quarry tile floors in the sunken great room and dining room. The sunken tub in the master bath was surrounded by a brand new invention, poured marble.
|Made the curtains, painted the fireplace.|
On the exterior not much needed to be be done except landscaping. We bought a garden tractor with implements. A vegetable garden was started along with hundreds of feet of flowerbeds. We arranged a small retaining walls of rock we brought back from Missouri. This was done in the early 1970's long before there were Lowe's or Home Depot. Wolfe Nursery supplied the ableia, boxwood, pyracantha, weeping willow, crepe myrtle and oak trees. Seeds for the garden and flower beds came from the local farm store of Crump's. WalMart was not yet in North Texas.
All supplies and shopping were done on Saturdays because nothing was open on Sundays.
|Photo of our first home taken in late March, 2014.|
Times changed and fear of layoffs kept my husband a little on edge. We decided to relocate to Missouri and go in business with his folks. It was a TV and radio repair business. WalMart arrived about the same time we did so the little town of 5000 did not need 3 TV repair shops or 7 places to but TV. But that is a story for another day.
After all the successes we had enhancing the new home in Texas we decided to buy an older home, a fixer upper. I wanted the 2 story but we finally decided our furniture would not fit. We did find a place we could add on to and update. We started the addition before we ever even completely moved from Texas in the fall of 1975. Wall paper was stripped. Woodwork was stripped. Walls and ceilings were textured and painted. Rooms received repeated face lifts. New areas of accent wall paper were added. All new kitchen cabinets installed in the new addition. Cabinets stained and finished. That was the first year those things were done.
|House fixed up, not so much the owners! Inside our second home.|
|Back garden, 2013|
|Entry to back garden, 2013|
|Last picture made of the house in Springfield, Mo, 10/31/2013|
I have no desire to live in another fixer upper or home we are responsible for maintenance. But Husband did install a new kitchen faucet today cause I did not like the one provided in the apartment. Hard to break old habits!
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