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, December 12, 2006

Day 147 and Counting

Julian Electric came and went yesterday. For $137.00 (parts, labor, tax), they fixed all of our out standing electrical problems: shorted outlets, missing outlets, non-functioning outlets, etc. I'm happy with it, and, aside from me locking myself out of the house (that is what you get when you leave the hired help your only key, oops), there was no drama involved.

And, even though I was sucked into the black hole of Lowe's (why would I be there?), I still made home with enough time to get locked out and to finish priming the bathroom (small print: except for a small strip around the shower which I'll need to touch up tonight). Still, I think it's close enough to count. So, the plan for tonight is putty the nail holes in the ceiling and caulking the bathroom walls (1 tube of caulk?). Gripping isn't it.

Anyhow, the struggle continues, blah, blah, blah.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

$147? WOW! Why is it that electrical work can be so reasonable to fix a whole host of problems, yet plumbing will cost an arm, leg, and firstborn child just to get a problem looked at?

1:42 PM  
Blogger My Marrakech said...

Sounds like that was money very well spent.

And please, get a spare key, okay?

2:42 PM  
Blogger John said...

Nadja & Sean,

Fortunately (?), we did all of our plumbing ourselves, so I don't have any first-hand experience with that particular kind of hell. However, I HATE plumbing and would seriously consider hiring it out in the future (when I'm rich and famous).

Maryam,

Oh, I have a spare key. It's just that it was at my in-laws. It's safer with them, believe me.

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