Weekend Discoveries

by Josh on May 6, 2008 · 8 comments

in antiques,Journal

Every old house owner gets surprised now and then. Sometimes the surprises are bad, like when you discover a broken drain pipe. And sometimes the surprises are good, like when you find buried treasure in your yard. If you’re lucky, the good surprises outnumber the bad.

I can’t claim to be keeping strict accounting of my old house surprises, but after a weekend that included four good discoveries, it sure feels like the good side is ahead in the ledger. Specifically, my weekend discoveries included something old, something red, something ugly, and something unbearably cute.

Something Old

Old Humidifier I spent some time moving insulation around in the attic crawlspace this weekend removing the last of the old wiring for the bedroom renovation project. In the process, I found this old radiator humidifier buried under some cellulose insulation about eight feet into the crawlspace. If there hadn’t been a couple random pieces of wood resting on the insulation at this point, too, I never would have found it. As you can see, this humidifier has ridges on one side that allow it to hang closely against the side of the radiator. The hanging hooks are missing and I haven’t tested it with water yet, but I expect I’ll be able to clean it up and use the humidifier next winter.

Something Red

Old Shingle Box Okay, this isn’t exactly red itself, but the old shingle box I also found in the attic crawlspace shows without a doubt that my roof used to be red for some time in the past. In case the photo doesn’t show it well enough to read, the words “red blend” are stamped on the left side of the cardboard. The other printing says “Certain-teed Tu Line.” I am trying to find some pictures or information to tell me what these shingles looked like, though I assume they were much like the three-tab asphalt shingles on the roof today.

Something Ugly

Old Wallpaper From North Bedroom Here is some more old, possibly original wallpaper. This would have been in the north upstairs bedroom, which is now the master bedroom. I removed this piece of old drywall when I cut the opening for a new outlet box in the shared wall between the master bedroom and the work-in-progress nursery bedroom. The paper is well-preserved because it was covered by wood paneling for many years and later covered with a second layer of drywall when the paneling was removed.

Something Unbearably Cute

Turn back now if you have a weak heart, Dear Reader, because the cuteness that follows is so unbearably adorable that you may collapse at your keyboard, overwhelmed by a torrent of warm fuzzy feelings and the irrepressible urge to grin.

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Seriously. This is really cute.
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Still there? Okay, you brave soul. Feast your eyes upon the Bungalow ’23 Bunny Burrow!

Bunny Burrow

I accidentally discovered these adorable little garden wreckers after yanking out a dead miniature pine tree in the side yard landscaping on Sunday. It is hard to see from the picture, but there are three bunnies in there and they are not quite six inches long each. I was worried that the mother rabbit might abandon them, so I put the dead tree back in the hole and tried to make it look as undisturbed as possible. After going out with a friend Sunday night, I arrived home to see the mother rabbit on the sidewalk below the burrow clearly in the process of moving her bunnies to a new location. On Monday morning the burrow was empty.

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Jennifer May 6, 2008 at 3:50 pm

🙂 Adorable.

All I have is scrawny baby birds… nothing cute like a mammal. 🙂

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Ethan@OneProjectCloser May 7, 2008 at 12:39 pm

I have to admit it… the bunnies are cute.

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Josh May 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

I just talked to a neighbor down the street who found bunnies in her yard, too. Against the advice of her gardener friends, who told her to kill the bunnies quickly, she not only spared their lives, she named them and invited some little kids over to play with the bunnies. My garden trembles at all the new mouths to feed.

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jenni May 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm

I can stomp a baby plant eating grasshopper in a second, but there is no way I could kill a baby bunny. Good for her. I bet the kids had such fun.

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Stephanie May 7, 2008 at 9:15 pm

I want bunnies in my yard now too – too cute!

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Sandy May 8, 2008 at 5:58 pm

The bunnies are SO sweet! Great finds, too, especially the humidifier.

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Allen May 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I installed roofing for a number of years in the mid-to-late seventies. During that time 3-tab shingles came completely wrapped in a heavy brown paper. On the other hand, what we called T-Loc shingles (a brand name I believe) were partially wrapped in a piece of corrogated cardboard that was held on by a couple of galvanized wires that wrapped around the wrapper and the shingles inside. T-Locs were roughly “T” shaped with locking tabs in 4 places. Once installed the roof looked like it was made up of many interlocking “T”s. Although not very common, I believe that they are still made. I believe red shingles (as well as blue) were some of the colors that were available during the 40s. Hope this helps.

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Josh May 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm

That’s some interesting stuff, Allen. Thanks! I had never heard of T-loc shingles, but now that you’ve described them, I’ll have to keep my eyes open to see if I can spot any around town.

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