The Devil Queen
How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.
- Name: John
- Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Would You Do It Again For A Dollar?
So, what do you think I told them?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Feeding the Whirlwind - Wicked Fugling Freak Bestiary and More
First of all, I am still selling Home Improvement Monkey Tees shirts ($20.00 each). Tell me what size you'd like and it's yours. If you want a shirt in something besides gray or white, let me know. Blue? Green? Magenta? If I can find it, it's yours. Next week I should be rolling out the 3.0 Home Improvement Monkeys. Evil never looked better.
Second, I'm selling some of what I call "Devil Queen Art." Over the years, any number of illustrations have appeared here. If you want them, you've got them. If you want an ode of doom and destruction emblazoned upon the reverse in blood, you'll have to pay extra. Most of these are in pen & ink and watercolor. Some are more modest. If you need more details, please let me know.
Third, if you would like to commission a house portrait, I have room in my schedule for some. There would be about six week turn around for oil on canvas measuring between 18" x 24" to 24" x 30." If you are interested, please let me know.
Email me here if you are interested in any thing here. Thanks!
Finances In Pictures
First, our finances before the Devil Queen:
While not exactly a lush jungle of vegetation, there are signs of life in the landscape. In the year leading up to the Devil Queen, I'd started a new, better-paying job, we'd refinanced our starter house, and were on our way to paying off all our debits. We'd invested in some land and started a retirement fund. Things were looking good.
And, here is how our finances are now:
Here is a figure to consider. Admittedly, this is an approximation, but over the years we've spent an average of $3,750 a month on this house. And, we weren't working on it for the entire time we've had it. We burned through over $30,000 just getting it moved and set up on the mountain. I can't remember the exact time scale, but there was a $20,000 week in there somewhere.
Anyhow, a more detailed explanation of our decision soon will follow if you have the stomach for it.
Really though, what the fuck were we thinking?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This summer my Dad’s family may be making a pilgrimage back to our ancestral homeland, Chicago. If this comes to pass, I will be in Chicago sometime in late July or early August. If any of you Housebloggers would be interested in having dinner or a drink, let me know. After years of watching you from afar, I’d love to meet you all.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A Long Time Coming . . .
Easter came and went without too much fanfare. Cold rain, power outages, all the teenage cousins being herded through an inter-dimensional portal to China by a five year old, and coffee with a parole officer. Really, it was a pretty tame affair.
Anyhow, I finally got around to taking a picture of the new front door. While a full twenty some percent of you think that I will be burning in hell, it really doesn't look as bad as I imagined it. The fact that it opens and closes with ease is a bit seductive too.
And, for the astute few of you out there who are wondering what in the hell is hanging from the doorknob, that would be our real estate agent's lock box.
That is right. If you want an old Victorian possessed and brimming with a full century of evil, this house is for you. Also, we're already done all the hard work. Finish the paint job, refinish a few floors, and mow the lawn and that is it. Enjoy old evil with all the modern amenities.
For those you who are wonder how or why we could put the Devil Queen up for sale, that is another story which I'll tell soon. However, until that time, here is a little bit for you to think about: $4.00 a gallon gasoline.