The meadow rue came from Dorothy in Baton Rouge. The wild Louisiana iris came from a ditch in that state, along with some inadvertent alligator weed. I imagine the purchaser of our house is still struggling with that invasive. I … Continue reading
In Houston we have a complex relationship with our home boundaries. We are not quite tropical enough to lose the walls, replacing them with grills covered with greenery, or porches and courtyards that are as much a part of inside … Continue reading
I hope they thread their lives well with our neighbors, and enjoy these happy walls, doors,windows, fans . Philip’s toddler autograph. Heights in the study. The fish tank will have to go. Look at the lovely paint job Danny did! This healthy grass has not been mowed in 6 months. Philip tried to turn off his light by throwing a shoe at the switch, many years ago. This is where the leaves belong, in our compost heap. No cover to these lights in the kitchen. Isn’t a gate at the top of the stairs a good idea? Continue reading
There always seems to be a good crop of children, from the sulky teenagers overdoing it with the water cannons to the excited youngsters happy to play all up and down the street, to the tiny tots enjoying the food bonanza. … We pointed out that we could close the street 4 houses in, and that would be sufficient for both activities, but he wouldn’t hear of it. Continue reading
I’m not sure why a house wired for electricity originally also had gaslights, but this one did, at least in the basement. … This drain for the sunporch is no longer needed, but does no harm, like a pseudogene. This downspout was sealed halfway up. This garage drain won’t drain, fall apart when lifted. Under this nice tile floor is a cement base that is slowly sinking into its wood supports. How did this deck get so shifted off its stone support?
When they come and paint over the green and the blue, When they fix the garage buttons we push, then dash out under the closing door, When they take away our garden and fill in our pond, When they nail down the squeaky boards, and cover them with tepid carpet, When they take down our Siena flags that cover our windows, When they put St. … From the home of my dreams we walk, half a mile to Bellaire, half a mile to Beechnut, Another half to Bissonnet, or to Braeswood and the bayou, A bit of green on this flat, over-built piece of land between the tracks and the freeway.
Louis has these big, boxy houses on small lots. They often have very cute insides. The bathrooms are often quite basic, but that is ok with me. Closets are a huge problem. … I’m excited about having a basement, but it has to be radon free. Old, leaky windows waste energy. This one is huge, but stunning looking, also not for sale. The best space of all – top floor Wilson, with turret offices for grad students!