Open and enter if I dare

@sallypup (26293)
Moses Lake, Washington
March 23, 2018 3:01pm CST
Simple photo of a door and a doorknob and its plate. That door and its doorknob is one hundred and eighteen years old. The official appraisal went through today. Another hoop jumped through as we seek to enter this house. Our old age house- at least the house will be older than us! Can I live up to this place? The fact that it has been in one family its entire life amazes me. I hope to some day find out more about it from the seller. For now I keep wanting to call this house Grace. I don't know why but I like to give a house a name. A house has a presence to it; a feeling. This one appeared to be calm and stately when I stepped in. So on we go. I continue to look around, to seek things that I do not have to have. Things that will not move with us when we do shut the door on our present life in just over three years.
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@DianneN (74026)
• United States
23 Mar
Imagine that! I've never been in a house that old. Grace sounds very fitting.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
23 Mar
@DianneN I've stayed in some fancier ones when I've been out and about, doing the bed and breakfast thing. This house is not fancy but its substantial.
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@DianneN (74026)
• United States
23 Mar
@sallypup Substantial is good. You can make it as fancy as you want.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
23 Mar
@DianneN I took photos of hinges! Look at that cool- to me, anyway, hinge and door wood. Just reeks of history.
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@alberello75 (16463)
• Genova, Italy
23 Mar
That handle is 112 years old? Well, I would have judged it, definitely more modern.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
23 Mar
@alberello75 I can't prove it but I think that knob is that old. Same with that wooden door.
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@alberello75 (16463)
• Genova, Italy
23 Mar
@sallypup But do you know more or less, to date the year (or the century) of the construction of your house?
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Mar
@alberello75 The house was built in 1900 is what I have been told.
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@shaggin (36321)
• United States
23 Mar
I love all the wood in that house. How interesting the door and knob are so old.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
23 Mar
@Shaggin Here's something else to love. The old pie safe! Its like a pantry. Small but looks original to me.
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@shaggin (36321)
• United States
23 Mar
@sallypup yes back then things were built in like that. Looks original to me as well.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Mar
@shaggin When I found that pie safe, it felt like I had stepped into a museum. I'm glad they did not paint that or try to pretty it up.
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Mar
Will the house stay empty for that three years? Why can't you move before then?
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
23 Mar
@JudyEv My hubby will not retire for just over three years. Until then we hope to find a sweet, well behaved senior to rent it.
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Mar
@sallypup That would be a good solution.
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• United States
25 Mar
@sallypup Just make sure that they don't have a thing for paint brushes! It would be a crime for someone to come in and decide to "decorate" Grace. Oh, about your naming Grace, there are areas of the country where it was common place to name the houses. Grace is such an elegant name for such an elegant house!
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@Shavkat (56495)
• Philippines
24 Mar
That's really an authentic doorknob. I am sure it nice to go around the house and discover something more.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Mar
@Shavkat One closet in particular was fun to discover cause it goes under the stairs and is like a tunnel.
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@Shavkat (56495)
• Philippines
25 Mar
@sallypup I am jealous. I do like exploring old things, especially within the premises of the old house.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
25 Mar
@Shavkat What are buildings like in your country?
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@BelleStarr (36949)
• Portland, Connecticut
24 Mar
I have never named a home, only a car. Our family home in Canada where my mother was born is almost 200 years old and the stories it could tell.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Mar
@BelleStarr Your family home must be beautiful.
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@BelleStarr (36949)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Mar
@sallypup Its a pretty typical Canadian farmhouse but snug and homey.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
26 Mar
@BelleStarr I love, love, love it. Kind of reminds me of the one that I am buying. Love that open porch.
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Mar
The fact that it has been in one family all that time is really something!
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Mar
@JamesHxstatic The real estate guy and the mortgage guy both said that this was a rare case. It looks like it was a farm house to start. The out buildings sure look like something from a farm.
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@Corbin5 (99707)
• United States
23 Mar
You will have such a great time in that house. I bet it really does have a lot of stories to tell.
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@sallypup (26293)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Mar
@Corbin5 The area, like the old downtown, is about a mile away so its pretty walkable, too.
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