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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Monday, September 25, 2006

I Shall Taunt You A Second Time!

Once again, we didn’t make it to the Queen’s exterior. Here is what she’s taunting us with day after accursed day.

Note the cracked and disintegrating board in the lower left corner (I know, it’s hard to see). I don’t know how this board escaped getting replaced when we had the siding repaired/installed. It is yet another annoying, time consuming project for me to complete before we can actually paint the Queen. On the upside, we have a nice sized stack of new, custom milled siding saved up for occasions like this.

And, in regard to the speculation as to what our “good news” is, here are some small tasty bits. First, my wife received a promotion and pay raise at work. For those of you not familiar with old house economics, this means:

[(Current Income + additional income) x A (where A= old home, A has a constant value of zero)] – B (B is current debt from all sources) = Net Worth.

That’s right, new sources of money have the same probability of escaping an old house as light does escaping from a black hole. On the positive side, spending cash is better than charging shit to your credit card, so is that our silver lining for today?

The official paperwork hasn’t been finished regarding the promotion, but it should go through in the next couple of weeks. I was reluctant to say anything until it was a done-deal because Fate is a cruel mistress; she giveth and she taketh away.

On a much smaller note, I recently sold a small watercolor painting. The actual dollar amount was small (1 small watercolor = 1 gallon of paint after paying the gallery its commission), but it was a nice ego stroking none the less.

There are still a few more “good” things in the works, so more on that later if/when they come to pass.


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