Bought a house and uncovered a drain. Wife broke sound barrier running up the steps.
Congratulations on your new house! I can’t tell what the drain denizen is from the photo. Maybe a Purseweb Spider. Maybe your wife could get a nice dorsal image of it? Kidding. My husband is a recovering arachnophobe. There’s a lot of web or plant roots in the photo and insects. So, the spider has been helpful guarding the cellar. An aside..I used to inspect buildings in my career. That drain with standing water looks odd, like it just drains to under the soil under the concrete slab. Maybe it used to hold a ceiling support pole instead of being… Read more »
Wow, lots of cool history! Building inspection? Sounds fascinating. I’ve seen some odd and entertaining things just touring homes for sale and visiting old buildings in the downtown.
Estate sales can be interesting too. 🙂 I went to one where the house had a fall-out shelter with preserved food in jars from like the 1960’s still. One house had an in-use bedroom with a worn-out mattress with a bedding inspection stamp on the tag from around the 1930’s. We’re known for being “thrifty yankees” here in New England….but wow! Since things are slow in spiderland….my thrifty yankee grandmother in very rural Maine fell and broke a tooth out of her dentures. So she took one of my grandfather’s old prosthetic legs (hard plastic) and a knife. Carved a… Read more »
Those sound like such neat discoveries! I’d love to go to an estate sale sometime. Thrift and antique stores are my favorites. I always check the pockets of thrift store garments I find interesting. Once, I found a military jacket in a thrift store that still had a plane ticket and other documents inside from the original owner’s return home, including names and a date in 1970. Unfortunately, it was out of my price range, wouldn’t have fit me anyway, and the cashier insisted on shredding the documents. While I realize the importance of protecting people’s privacy, I had a… Read more »