The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Free Love Hardware

First, I’d like to thank the lovely folks over at Nightmare on Elm Street for their generous donation of hardware to us and the Devil Queen. We greatly appreciate it, and I encourage everyone to send some good karma their way. They’re genuinely good people.

I had great time on St. Patrick’s Day. It made me realize that I really need to get out more. It’s hard to beat free Guinness, a good steak, and the company & conversation of several beautiful, intelligent, young women (In case I’m giving the wrong impression, this does include my wife; I’m not that kind of a man). The joys of scraping paint pale in comparison.

No exciting house news from the weekend. No new leads on our tool thieves, no exciting finds at pawn shops, and a pretty quiet weekend overall. The most exciting bit was the surprise my wife gave me. I now have a new framing hammer and a new sander. The hammer is perfect. It has the right heft and it feels good in my hand. I’m always astounded by me wife’s ability to pick the perfect gift. It’s the hammer I would have picked for myself if I’d have been there.

Jack and Fidge were over for dinner Sunday night, and Jack was looking at the tools. Holding the hammer he asked, “Nice framing hammer. Do you have a finishing hammer?”

“No, just a drywall hammer. I’ve never finished anything,” I said. It was meant as a joke, but the sad part is that it’s true. A double entendre, no?

The sander is exceptionally cool. It is a three-in-one (or is it four-in-one?) sander. It has a basic sander (kind of like a palm sander, a vibrating pad), a random orbit sanding attachment, and a small “rabbit” attachment for getting into tight corners. I haven’t tried it out yet, but it looks promising. If we get up off our lazy asses this weekend, we might have a chance to try it out.

Over this last weekend, we hammered out the Big Four projects we want Kenny to finish before we’re too broke to keep him: 1) built-in cabinets in the living room, 2) a small, built-in breakfast nook in the kitchen, 3) a front step, and 4) crown molding in the main hall. After that, we’re on our own once again unless we win the lottery.


Blogger amanda said...

Aw, thanks! We're happy to help!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Marg. said...

You know, that's exactly the sander I was fondling yesterday at the store. Good choice.

And my mom LOVES your hammer joke ;)

1:29 PM  
Blogger MandaLiet said...

I got that for christmas. it's pretty nice for small areas and finisheing to a nice smooth surface. Not a strong sander, but more of a detail sander. I haven't tried the rotating attachment yet, that might have a bit more of a kick to it.

1:57 PM  

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