Mare: Hey, glad I got ahold of you. I'll be there about nine in the morning.
Me: Oh no, you won't! Come up on Thursday instead.
Mare: We'll lose a day of work--
Me: Listen, I have to work tonight and I'm not stayin up forever like I did last week.
Mare: I remember you whinin around about bein up since five. I don't know why you got up so early.
Me: 'Whinin around'?! 'Whinin around'?!! When I said last Wednesday that I'd been up since five, I meant since FIVE P.M. on Tuesday, not FIVE A.M. on Wednesday! I went 30 hours without sleep!!
Mare: Oh, somehow I missed that...I'll be there Thursday then.
And now that that is all settled...y'all had some questions, and so do I.
First off, did anyone else notice that the Lexington Landmarks article put the date of construction of the Kelly House as 1906? That's the same year that photo of the Kellys and their horse Jack was taken. Maybe I've been watching too many episodes of "Cold Case Files" in the middle of the night, but check out those rambler roses....they're growing all along the porch roof. I know Mr. Kelly had horses, and manure is great fertilizer, but could those roses have grown that much in one season?? I still think the house was built a bit earlier than that. How about you?
Karen Anne proved once again that great minds think alike. She wondered what those pretty chimneys in the 1906 photo were connected to. I've been trying to puzzle that out myself. I have two existing fireplaces in my house; one in the front parlor/living room that faces south, and one in the second parlor that faces east. I think those front two chimneys must have been connected to those. I'm wondering if what is my master bedroom now might have been the kitchen originally. It makes more sense (to me, anyway) if you look at my beautifully-rendered floor plan drawing. See the bedroom in the middle of the house, next to the second parlor and the present kitchen? Do you think that bedroom might've been the kitchen originally? There's no evidence of a fireplace now, but the bedroom wall is curved out weirdly and there's evidence of a stovepipe hole about two-thirds of the way up the wall that's shared with the current kitchen. Doesn't that seem to be about where the third chimney is in the 1906 photo?
And Christine the Chicken Whisperer asked me if the 1906 photo changed our plans for the porch. Only just a little teeny bit. Amazingly, the porch looks the same in the 1947 photo as it does in the 1906 photo, and I was basing my porch restoration on the 1947 photo. All this work we're doing now on the porch is actually just Phase I of the restoration. Phase I is just happily destroying the old ugly enclosed porch and putting up turned posts instead of the wrought iron. Phase II (when funds allow) is changing the porch roofline from flat to hipped as in the photo, rebuilding the porch spindles beneath the eaves, and rebuilding the porch railing and larger spindles. Phase III (which, realistically, might never happen) will be replacing the roof cresting. So what plans changed? Just a couple of little details which I'll share with you next time. For now, I'll just say that those plans involve clapboards, a bit less screen, and angel wings.