I learned a little about my house's history tonight. We attended a New Year's party hosted by the people who lived in our house from 1976-1978. I had met them before, but this was my first opportunity to talk with them at length about the house.
Martha, the hostess, is the person who planted these two dogwoods near the front door. They came from her mother's house in one of Greensboro's older neighborhoods. Martha was sure she had planted one of them too close to the house, but now, thirty years later, it forms a nice canopy over the walkway and the two trees create a perfect spot for my shade garden.
Martha and her husband Charlie were also able to solve the puzzle of this seam to the left of the back door. Obviously some changes were made to the door frame--it turns out that originally there was a pair of windows here. They replaced the windows with a sliding glass door when they lived here...and in 2005, we replaced that door with these French doors.
Martha enjoys wallpapering (she seemed very normal otherwise) and took responsibility for the green 1970s wallpaper in several of the closets. "It has to be mine," she said, "Nobody else wallpapers closets."
She did an excellent job putting it up, as I discovered when I stripped it from two of the closets. I might leave this closet alone. And I prefer the term "Historic Preservation" to "Laziness."