Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 9, 2017

Sometimes oddballs are odder than others. I think these are them.

Rusty tractor wheel
Barbershop wall sign
Cameras and other stuff
The Victorian painted lady downtown


Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

24 thoughts on “AND YET MORE ODDBALLS”

  1. My Fave is the Painted Lady, nice work Spike. I could live in a house like that – Specially if it had a 2nd floor balcony with valley views round the back! πŸ™‚


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    1. We ALL think we could live in a house like that. I know several people (three, I think) who “took one on” and went into it with the hope of fixing it up. One eventually gave up. Too much house. MUCH too much house.

      Another finished it, THEN he went broke.

      The third … I think she got about half way through and gave up.

      Thing is, they are wonderful houses. Big, airy, high ceilings, hand carvings and beautiful wood interior work. Along with that, roofs that are a nightmare to repair. Wiring gone to rot. Seriously hard to heat for all the aforementioned reasons including their sheer size and lack of insulation.These are huge houses. Gigantic, made for really big families with multi-generations living in them.

      Most of us get to a point when we recognize we don’t need a 3-story house with 8 bedroom, but would be just fine with a single story house with one and a half baths. And closets.

      In my middle years, I yearned for BIG and OPEN with those great windows. Oh, those WINDOWS! for a short time, I owned a piece of one of those house — a 1 bedroom flat on the first floor of the big house that was originally a triple-decker, but by the time I bought my little piece of it, was six apartments. It was small by square footage, but it was elegant. 12-foot ceilings and the floors were elm. It cost me almost a thousand dollars just to have curtains made for all the windows — and these were not fancy, just big enough to cover my 7-foot tall windows. It was on the first floor so you really needed the curtains and shades. I lived there less than a year and then, Garry and I got married. It only had one little bathroom and no room for another. Garry and I can share many things, but NOT a single bathroom. NO closets. I mean zero. Apparently people didn’t own stuff, or more to the point, everything was on display. Victorian houses were incredibly cluttered. You had to be a ballet dancer to not knock over the pottery.

      We tried to buy the other (empty) apartment across the hall, but the condo association got flustered and we gave up and moved elsewhere. I rented it out for a couple of years, then gave in and went bankrupt. No one wanted the apartment, so they left it to me. I gave it to my son who lived in it with his wife and kid and finally, he passed it too an ailing friend who has completely redone it. It’s gorgeous, just the way i’d have done it if I’d had the money. and that was about 1/6 of a full Victorian. Many of them have been, as that was, broken into pieces for condos.

      They are houses to dream on and if you are really RICH, to live in. For the rest of us, they are places to look at, admire, take pictures. But for living, they are THE highest maintenance houses ever.


      1. You can’t really judge a book by it’s cover i guess. πŸ˜‰

        I’m sure that is the way it would be with that house and i’m not all that sure i could actually live in a place where it snows after so long without it, particularly as i ain’t as young as i used to be. But it is a beautiful house to look at and dream.

        (Aussies would build it with a brick structure and wood for decoration (or painted aluminium) and double insulation!! )

        (And probably in a bushfire zone!) :-(.



            1. Mainly these are so big. They are also all wood with a LOT of decoration. Old pipes, old electricity, old heating units. Everything costs more because nothing is a standard size. And inside? They are so lovely. But if you don’t have really big family, or you aren’t breaking the building into apartments … who really NEEDS that much space? Who can take care of all that room? I’m having trouble taking care of this house and we are maybe 1/4 the size of one of those giants. But they are truly the best houses I can imagine for a huge multi-generational family. Just — not US.

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                1. I loved my teepee. If it had had WiFi and internal plumbing, i’d still be in it! I’m pretty sure if you put it on top of a hill, you’ll get a view. You just need to find the right hill. I know a great company that will send you a teepee. All you’d need to figure out is what to do about the poles. They aren’t even terribly expensive if you don’t buy a really huge one.

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