Monday, May 12, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday #3

It's that time again. For those of you who wonder why Rubbish Tuesday is posting on Monday, I've decided to leave the link open for 3 days so everyone who wants can participate.

The idea is to post a photograph of anything old and/or deteriorating, i.e. house, barn, outbuilding, something rusty, antiques, interesting junk, or something in pristine condition, but just plain old.

 I saw this old house during last weekend's ramble through the country. It is old, abandoned—one of those houses that makes you want to know its story. As I drove by, I thought the house looked familiar, but couldn't figure out why. About a quarter mile farther down the road, on the opposite side, I recognized the yard where my Aunt Edna's house used to be. Aunt Edna was my dad's sister. Then I remembered.

We affectionately called the resident of this house, Old Man Pruitt. He was a very nice man and he may not have been as old as I thought he was when I was 10, but he looked older than Methuselah to me. My aunt was a widow and Mr. Pruitt was a widower. The neighbors met, fell in love, and married.

The one thing I remember most was their wedding reception which was held at their house. The couple planned to leave the next day for a honeymoon and my cousin had some mischief planned. She found Aunt Edna's packed suitcase, pulled out her shoes, and filled them with the contents of an entire box of salt. I was blameless although I did watch her do it and thought it was a nifty idea.
Saturday I took Fergus for a walk around Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site. As we were walking past the recently planted garden, I saw this old broomcorn knife stuck in a post. Odd, but old.



26 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Neat memories today! And excellent pictures too.

EG CameraGirl said...

Fun story about the salt in the shoes. I'm thinking it must have made an awful mess, though. :)

TexWisGirl said...

sweet old place - and especially since you ended up knowing the previous occupant. the knife is neat! the salt in the luggage? oh, dear...

Amy Burzese said...

Love the old homeplace and a great story to go with it. Thanks for hosting!

Dicky Bird said...

I like the old rickety house and the story. Was your aunt mad?

Sharon Wagner said...

That knife looks like it could turn rubbish into sawdust!

Linda said...

Great memories and lovely photos.

Beth said...

What a wonderful old building!

Crafty Green Poet said...

nice old house and a lovely story too

Mama Zen said...

I love that second shot!

Brian King said...

Great old house and I like the yard!

Halcyon said...

I suppose there's worse mischief than filling shoes with salt. Great photos and stories!

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous old house.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Old Man Pruitt had a nasty side to him....that knife....where is his wife buried. [sorry, couldn't help myself - kidding] lol

georgettesullins said...

Every kid needs a secret place to roam in the woods. What a neat place that suggests mystery, too.

Cranberry Morning said...

Love the photo of the old, abandoned house. Food for the imagination.

Shey Wicklund said...

What a nice love story and full of fun mischief too. :)

marilyn said...

That old house might still hold a few possibilities. Just thinking about a days work with that 'knife' makes me tired.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is a great story! I love the photos. I could almost feel like I was there. Thanks.

bettyl-NZ said...

I see you're getting the hang of the linky stuff! Sorry I can't participate this week--my main computer died and I have to hunt down photos online. Hope to be back next week!

Carol said...

Love the picture of the old house and the story that goes with it. I do love old houses....always want to stop and peak in a window or two :)

bj said...

Hi...I'm bj from Sweet Nothings.
I saw your link party over at Beth's and thought I'd come by. It sounds like a fun party...I'll be out looking for OLD so I can join in with you.
xo bj

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Fun memories. I would imagine your aunt was not too happy about the salt, however! :D

~Lindy

Sarah said...

It reminds me of one of the Anne of Green Gables stories where she befriends an elderly lady called Miss Lavender who lives in a house like that in the woods. Miss Lavender goes on to marry an elderly widower who she knew in her youth and who Anne reintroduces her too.

Lovely photos as always.

Tanya Breese said...

sad old home, makes me wonder about its life....

Rose said...

I do not know why I cannot remember this meme...it fits with what I like to photograph! Love your memories.