We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Looks like an example of what we Upstaters call a "New Jersey Farmhouse." L-shaped with a nice porch. Built by Revolutionary War veterans who settled Upstate New York, building on the "military lots" distributed by the gov't. This one appears to have a post and beam structure, just like the barns these guys also built.
Be prepared for the local tax assessor to realize another "rich person from the city" has moved in, however.
South of 5 and 20
Oh yeah, the veterans who built these houses immigrated here from New Jersey, hence the name.
South of 5 and 20
I knew of a couple of rundown houses in my hometown that got rehabbed like that. A half century after rehab, the houses are still going strong.
I also know of two houses from my childhood that didn't make it. One turned into forest- though the only time I knew it was occupied was a short time as a hippie crash pad. The other house was occupied until the parents died. After the parents died, the heirs did nothing with the place- one of whom was in construction in a neighboring town- and it deteriorated over the years. It got turned into a parking lot. Parking lots don't always replace Paradise, contrary to what Joni Mitchell implied.
buddy ... I so agree with you about good patches, or mends, or whatever you call them. When I was in grade school, the girls had sessions on housewifery, and the boys got to take 'shop'. One of the things we learned, besides cooking basics, was stitchery, including how to darn socks and knit things. If anyone would like to learn how to darn socks beautifully, I'm available for coaching in the techniques. Believe me, no one in our household every threw away a good pair of socks just because they had little bitty holes in them. And when the socks finally had holes everywhere and we threw them away, the darns were still as good as new.