Tis the Season

There are many towns in Central Texas that have home tours the first two week ends in December.  They are fundraisers for local museums or organizations.  We usually travel to one.

This year my husband agreed to three. Partly, because we need to rest our strained backs after carrying boxes of autumn decorations up ladders and carrying boxes of Christmas items down.

So even though we should be home getting our own house ready for Christmas, we’re gadding about enjoying the fruits of other people’s labors.

waxachacieWaxahachie, just south of Dallas, is the  county seat of Ellis.   With a population of about 30,000, its many small gift shops attract visitors from the DFW area.

This house was build in 1869 and is owned by a young couple who is remodeling it to flip.  When the upstairs is finished, it will be on the market.

waxachacie1Reclaimed wood was used to create a unique ceiling for the small living room.

waxachacie2In the corner of the living room is the old flue for a stovepipe arching down to a pot belly heater.

waxachacie3My photos focus on Christmas decorations and unusual features of the homes.

waxachacie4Old family pictures hanging on a tree caught my attention.

waxachacie5In the renovated kitchen reclaimed wood was used for the backsplash.

waxachacie6This back kitchen section jutted out from the center of the house, so I thought it was an add-on.  But I was told that it was original, but that the attic has been removed and the high windows added.

waxachacie7Just off the kitchen in the laundry room, these old wash tubs are used as a rinsing sink.

waxachacie8Exiting through the laundry room onto a side porch was another entrance with an old door.

waxachacie9Walking to the car revealed that outside construction is also incomplete.

waxachacieaThe next house has gingerbread trim.

waxachaciebAlthough pretty, I think of the upkeep.

waxachaciecA lady behind us said that the tree behind the snowman is a Japanese Weeping Maple.  She also mentioned that it didn’t look healthy and needed more shade.

waxachaciedThis house is also a historical house built in 1895.

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waxachaciefThe fireplace looks like it was original to the house, but has been updated to gas logs.

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waxachaciehOld built-in cupboards add character.

waxachacieiClever tree stand.

waxachaciejAnother old fireplace.

waxachaciekI like the old house pictures in an old window pane with the original pulley ropes that were counter balanced for raising and lowering the windows.

I appreciate the generosity of the owners in allowing strangers to tramp through and ogle their possessions.

“Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.”   Linus

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