Good thing we bought our house before I entered my spider phase

I would have had a whole different set of criteria when I was on the real estate market.

No, really. Right now I’d consider a ramshackle old barn that was falling apart out back a major selling point.


  1. Stuart Smith says

    Surely ramshackle structures are far easier to build than sturdy, well constructed ones. I mean, I’m no master engineer, and I would certainly never presume to build a barn normally, but if someone told me they needed a ramshackle barn, that would be my moment to shine!

  2. whheydt says

    During WW2, my father was an instructor at the Turbo-Electric School (run by the Maritime Service to re-train ship’s engineers on the new power systems that were being installed) near Philadelphia. The “house” (converted from another use) my parents were living in only had a wood-burning stove for heat.

    my father got permission from a neighboring farmer, who was slowly tearing down an old barn, to get wood from the structure to burn for heat.

    What he was burning were 20′ Oak 12×12 timbers…. (Note that I will agree that now that wood would be considered far to valuable to burn, but that wasn’t the case in 1943.)