Funny enough, one of the most exciting parts of the remodel so far has nothing to do with the improvements we’re applying to the house.
It all started when the exhaust fans in the master bathroom needed some work. It was found that the existing fan was blowing the humid air from the bathroom into the soffit space. To fix this and direct the air outside instead, a hole was poked into the wall of the master bedroom loft, which is directly above the bathroom.
The unfinished area behind the wall contained this old Dr. Pepper can. Because the space showed no signs of being accessed at any other time (other recent repairs or changes, etc) we are assuming that the can was left there when the house was built in 1979. Oddly, there is no date anywhere on the can.
We also found a carton of Mayfield milk. Again, there was no expiration date on the carton.
The last item we found in there was this old metal cable spool. ‘Least we know ‘quality’ items were used in the building of this home?
Stay tuned for more about that unfinished space that was revealed when they poked that hole. It’s surprisingly spacious, and our overhead attic is surprisingly… not… for such a large house. We are toying with the idea of adding a half-door or disguised panel (as a built-in bookshelf or something similar) so we can utilize the space for storage.
The most exciting find was discovered by our electrician. This jar was tucked into the basement ceiling, waiting to be found.
Inside was a spiral of… what could it be!?
The majority of the folded papers were children’s drawings.
I was able to figure out that the family who hid this jar consisted of a mama, a dada, and two kids – Nikki and Alex.
C’mon, you got excited when seeing this as well. A treasure map?! I knew this house was special. Does anyone have the phone number for Nicholas Cage? Maybe I should brush on a little lemon juice and hit it with a hair dryer…
As I got further into the jar, I found a real treat! This is a photo of the couple who used to live here. Judging by the date – 1995 – this was the family prior to the one that sold us the house.
There was also a photo of the two children, but to protect their privacy I won’t post that one.
But the MOST exciting item was this lovely handwritten letter! It says:
We lived in this house happily. I got married in this room on April 5th, 1987. Which it snowed on 4th. I raised my son Alex born on Jan 3, 1990 and my daughter Nikki on April 25, 1992. We are from Iran.
I move to states after the revolution on Aug 1978. We became U.S. citizens on Sep 21, 1995. I love this country and this house. We always have big (60 people) parties.
My husband is nuclear engineer and he owns his business [name redacted for privacy].
I have B.S. in Biology and two masters degrees. I also take care of my family. I love my husband and children. I hope you have a good life as we did. “
There is some writing at the bottom I am unable to read (can anyone translate?) and then their names, which I blotted out. The letter is dated Nov 21, 1995.
I went straight to Facebook and found the wife’s profile. I messaged her – excited to tell her that we had found their message… 25 years after it was hidden! I haven’t received a response yet, but I’m excited about being able to learn more about the house and its history. Maybe she can share some old photos with me of how it used to be decorated and furnished?! So fun. I’ll share everything I find out (with her permission) right here, of course!
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