Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cellar Stories

Friday night we had some unfriendly weather.  That is quite an understatement, but we made it through unscathed and very thankful.  It did, however, prompt us to go into the cellar.  Not a basement, mind you, but a true cellar.  It conjures one word for me....yuck.  

It is the place where, once upon a time, mason jars filled the shelves to feed a family for winter.  Now it serves as a impromptu storm shelter and storage area.  

Old foundation stones, pipes, and electrical thingies abound. 



Upon one beam there is a bit of artwork.  Placed here long ago by someone unknown. 


It makes me wonder if the artist was escaping chores, summer heat, or a storm himself. 

Sweet drawings indeed.  


35 comments:

  1. oh, i do like the drawings - and the wonderment of the person behind them.

    glad you and yours were safe and sound - and have a place to go when needed...

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  2. Glad you are OK! From the drawings, and assuming the cars were new at the time, it appears they may have been done in the early '30's. Whatever happened to "Farmchick"?

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  3. It IS good that you have a safe place to go when bad weather hits. Not many folks have cellars or basements around here. I don't know why, but we don't. Have a great week! And hope you wont' have to go to the cellar because of storms any time soon!

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  4. I'm glad you and your family are OK. Those tornados through the Midwest and South were brutal.

    I love the car drawings. They are quite a nice feature for the farmette.

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  5. How fun! I imagine it was a parent entertaining a child during a storm. :) Glad you are safe. Terrible storms for sure! We were supposed to be in line for the worst, but it went just west of us. So thankful!

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  6. The drawings certainly have a story behind them! Glad to hear you are safe and sounds. Lots of prayers to those hurting and hugely impacted by the storms across your area.

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  7. Friday night was certainly an adventure but we are so blessed not to have had the damage that other folks got. Glad you are okay. Love the fact you have a cellar.

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  8. Glad to hear you guys came through it okay. Friday's storms were an all to familar reminder of last April. Let's hope the rest of our spring isn't like that.

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  9. I'm glad you survived the storm. Our house was destroyed by a tornado when I was 6 weeks old while we were inside it. It was turned over onto it's roof and blown apart. Had dad not taken me from mom's arms I would not have made it as she was buried in debris and had to be dug out. I love your very own cave drawings. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. The images are indeed an amazing mean to measure time and life. Glad you all were safe and that things seem to be over.
    Please have you all a good new week ahead.

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  11. Glad to hear you don't have any damage.

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  12. Oh, I love those. I used to live in an old farmhouse when I was first
    married and the cellar there was rough stone. It was kind of like being in an old tomb. I hated going down there when we had storms.

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  13. the drawings are fantastic...cellars not so much!

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  14. Oh my. Michelle -- you and your family have been in my thoughts when I heard about the terrible storms in the midwest amd south this weekend. I am so relieved to hear you are all OK and had no damage. Thar was very scary weather indeed.

    My grandmother in Pennsylvania had what she called a "root cellar" that sounds like yours. She stored potatoes and carrots and beets fro her garden down there along with her home canned goods. It always smelled like damp soil and scared me a little.

    I like the artwork left by your houe's long ago owner in your cellar. Perhaps they had to wait out a long storm once and did that to distract their children?

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  15. Those storms/tornadoes were dreadful! The stories I'm reading and photos I'm seeing are heartrending. I'm glad you and your family are okay and my prayers are with those who are suffering.

    I love the drawings in your cellar. I wonder what the story is behind them? Such a mystery...

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  16. I am thankful that you and your family are safe..My heart has been heavy for those in the path of these storms...Hope all is well in your community..
    Wouldn't you love to know what was on the mind of the artist..
    Hugs,
    shug

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  17. I wondered if you were in the path of the bad weather. So happy to hear you and your family made it though. Great looking cars.

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  18. You and yours should leave a drawing or two so someday the next generation will wonder...

    ...or just tack up some of your photographs...

    Dann in Ohio

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  19. The drawings will make one's company in the cellar !

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  20. so glad you are ok with all the weather related stories abounding.
    we have the same type of cellar. i.don't.go.down.there.ever. if i can help it. it's full of cobwebs, dirt, the furnace and electrical box. my hubs department ;)
    judi

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  21. You make it sound so inviting ;-) Love the artwork! Glad all was okay.

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  22. Looking at the news I see your understatement, but you was able to discover some nice drawings of a long time ago.

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  23. Glad you have it and aren't those drawings neat.....

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  24. Glad you and your family came out unscathed. Makes you wonder who drew those sketches and when, doesn't it? Maybe someone with their heart set on a new car? I love that the artist included the flag in his drawings.

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  25. We had one just like it growing up filled with mason jars and squash and onions. Glad your all ok...:)

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  26. Very cool drawings! My parents house has a "basement" that is nothing more than a dirt hole dug after the house was built, that you have to crawl to reach. It was a fun place to play as kids, since it was our size.
    So glad to hear you and yours are safe.

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  27. Love the drawings and I am glad you are all okay.

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  28. There is a "basement" under my parents' house that is nothing short of an afterthought hole dug into the dirt, that you have to crawl to reach. It was fun to play there as kids, since it was our size.
    So glad to hear you and yours are safe!

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  29. Maybe you can add some drawings of your own down there...
    Glad you're ok.

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  30. and did you get snow today? we did! yay! and so grateful snow doesn't send us into cellars... this post conjures vague memories of oklahoma where I lived as a 2 & 3 year old on a cattle farm while daddy was in school... fabulous drawings

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  31. Happy to hear all is well, we have seen the destruction and mayhem on our news. My heart goes out to all the people affected by these incredible storms. I wonder what the car artist was thinking too, so interesting.

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  32. Glad you were safe in your cellar. So sad all the tornadoes! OH MY! LOVE the art work.

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  33. The weather has been freaky lately and the storms intense. So glad you had a place to hunker down.

    The art work probably was someone else trying to pass time in a storm with his handy drawing.


    Velva

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