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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Friday, September 15, 2006

Almost High Tech

The Devil Queen is on the cusp of going high-tech. I picked this little monster, an Apple Airport Extreme Base Station, up at CompUSA yesterday.

Unfortunately, we are still stuck in the Purgatory of dial-up internet. Cable is not an option yet, and I don’t have a grand to blow on having satellite internet access installed. Until something changes, this is as good as it gets. I have to keep reminding myself that it is (almost?) better than nothing.

We’re going to have a second go at the paint scraping death-match. I’m psyched for it but Ms. Scarlet isn’t too enthused. I guess we’ll see how it goes.

We’re hoping to scrape at least one window frame this weekend so we can reinstall the old storm windows which have screens. Currently, not one window in the Queen has a screen on it. Since the temperatures have dropped into the 70’s and low 80’s during the day and low 60’s at night, we no longer need to run the AC. However, since bugs are still a massive problem, we can’t open the windows.

Here is our low tech solution.
I’ve temporarily wired (a wire tied off between two screw-eyes, on the door and one on the jamb) the back screen door shut. This serves two purposes. First, it keeps the door snug in the jamb. There is no where for bugs to crawl in around it. It also protects us from maurading wild animals and ax murderers. Right.

The two small holes in the screen were patched with some old screen I salvaged and viola. The floor-fan does a great job of cooling the house down, but opening the windows would be nice.

Have a good weekend and wish us luck. If I survive the death-match, I'll let you know how it goes.

8 Comments:

Blogger Allison said...

At home depot, you can buy these little screen things that expand to fit the width of your window - so you can open the window, insert the screen, then close the window sash down on top of it. We've got TONS and dont' know what we'd do without them. Heres a picture.

11:36 AM  
Blogger John said...

Those are freaking awesome. We'll have to get some since that will be a lot easier than finishing the paint job in the next couple of weeks. Thanks!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous aaron said...

Wow, I can't get over the fact that you maintain your blog with a dial-up connection. Hats off to you!

8:40 PM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks Aaron, but I have to admit that I cheat some. Whenever I can (particularly when I have a lot of pictures) I'll use my in-laws computer since the have satellite internet.

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