We are home owners!
It’s a beautiful old Victorian and we could not be more thrilled.
We plan to fill it with sophisticated period pieces, like so:
I hooked this (former) aquatic beast in the deep seas of Freecycle. It was looking like this would be a ‘fish that got away’ story as we struggled to find the house of the kind offerers. 45 long minutes of One Ways, “Where the hell is that street?!!!”, No U-turns and “I have to peeeeeeeeee”. We are in desperate need of a GPS.
But in the end, we bagged this super score. It is 60 pounds of pure kitsch and goodness.
It was housing about 42 years of dust and former glory. Legend has it that John, now 55, caught this at age 13 on a family trip to Mexico. I am sure it was a proud moment and I am glad they memorialized it -taxidermy stylie.
John now lives in Missouri and shipping this beauty was out of the question so they passed it along. Big thanks to them! John’s sister video taped us trying to gently shove our catch into our minivan (we roll hardcore) to show John we cared. We promised to carry on the legend of the young fishing prodigy and to regale our friends, and blog readers, with stories of his young triumph. I too hit my athletic peak young so I feel a special connection to Little J, as I like to call him.
Oh, and the photo is my dear husband (9 years of married fun today) who had just driven around way longer than most partners would have to find a free 60 pound swordfish. At this point he was ready for me to stop marveling at our good fortune, put the camera down and HELP carry this into the house. I was cracking up as this is the 3rd thing we’ve moved in. What the neighbors must think. So far we have bean bags, my Paint by Numbers collection and the fish. Class act all the way!
I have decided to pass along the love and have a GIVEAWAY. Hold onto your hats people, this ain’t much.
Help us name the fish! The winner is the one who comes up with a name we feel fits our new “pet”. The lucky duck with a knack for monikers will receive a photograph, yet to be taken, of the fishie and an assortment of fine doo dads and hoo has from my personal collection. Folks interested in a timely mailing of said prize need not enter.
Line up people, don’t push, try your best and get ‘er done!
Edit to add, for some perspective, a photo of the fish next to my 7 year old: