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 11, 2006

Vengeance Upon the Laptop

The Great Paint Striping Contest did not come to pass this weekend. My wife’s laptop died Saturday morning, and it took all the “homework” she brought home from the office with it. In case you’re wondering, it is a bad sign when your computer gives you this message: “Press the “H” key to search for the hard drive.”

The (sorry, piece of shit HP) laptop in question joined the growing list of electronic appliances forcibly ejected from our home. It languished in the woods until I felt more responsible and adult like; then I retrieved it so it could be disposed of properly (i.e. “recycled” and sent to China to pollute their environment).

Once Ms. Scarlet recovered from her melt-down, she spent the rest of Saturday at the office rewriting the entire story.

Sunday, we went to Little Rock in search of a replacement and found one.

By the time we made it back to the Devil Queen, we only had enough time to complete some minor interior projects (priming, puttying nail holes, and applying polyurethane).

We intend to revisit our paint stripping death-match next weekend.

For those of you worried about our son, don’t worry. He is exiled to his grandparents anytime solvents or strong chemicals are used or we’re paint scraping. He’s happy and healthy, and we’d like to keep him that way.

Ms. Scarlet ran off with my camera today, so no pictures.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kristin said...

Ohhhhhhhh, that SUCKS! What else can I say?

11:55 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Clearly, the Devil Queen is using her vast powers of evil to disrupt your lives. (She must not want to be stripped). I think we all know who won the bet. Have you considered making a voodoo doll house?
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12:13 PM  
Blogger John said...

A voodoo doll of the Devil Queen? The thought hadn't occured to me. It's an excellent idea. I think I know what I'll be doing tonight...

6:10 AM  

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