My Childhood Home

Growing up in a 250 year old house and watching my parents restore and refinish it, gave me the interest in and belief that I could take on such projects myself. My Mom asked for a radial arm saw for Christmas one year and my Dad gave it to her… nuff said…

Watercolor of my childhood home by Stuart

We moved in when I started first grade. The house had originally been a three bedroom summer home, with plaster and lathe walls, no central heating, one bathroom (on the second floor), and a dirt floor basement. My parents loved all the charm the house had to offer, but did make a few upgrades. Living in the Northeast, heating was a must. They also added a bathroom for the primary bedroom and a half bath on the first floor under the stairs.

Photo of Kendra and Cully taken in 1964

I’m still waiting for my radial arm saw to be delivered 😄, but in the meantime I am working with what I’ve got… a circular saw, a cordless drill, some hand tools, a lot of elbow grease, and a willingness to learn as I go. The number of projects I have planned out in my mind is exciting (or terrifying if your name is John.) Happily we have fully functional heat and two full baths, so we do have that going for us.

Assorted Implements of Destruction, aka tools

As I mentioned, I have many projects, and many miles to go before I sleep. I have to admit that I am not approaching them with any grand plan… I will pretty much address the thing that feels the most pressing, and try very hard to finish it before starting the next one… who am I kidding??? Your head would probably explode if you knew everything I have going on right now! 🤣🤣🤣

As always, thoughts and prayers are appreciated… and suggestions too.

💜Kendra

2 thoughts on “My Childhood Home”

  1. You were in 5th grade when mom got that saw. I remember it vividly because I was in 1st and no one (especially the boys) believed that my mom got a radial arm saw (or any kind of saw, for that matter) for Christmas.

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