I love doing this thing lately with the old pics in the new world. Dad built his house (the house I grew up in) 40 years ago(!). Most of my friends have heard the tales: no neighbors, a mile to the highway on a dirt road and no electricity until the end of the 70's. Wow! I remember getting stabbed by the cactus in the dark while someone was lighting a kerosene lamp so we could see. That's livin!
I was back up there last weekend and we checked out a few trees Dad had cut down so they wouldn't fall on the house in case of a big wind storm. It's a bit of a big deal because changes happen at a glacial pace around the farm. An event like cutting down a tree seriously takes years of deliberation and contemplation and debate. A good example of this is another recent change. I went into the kitchen and there was a nice new stove top! To understand the significance of this I'll tell you about the old stove top: it was avocado green and pulled out of a house that was being remodeled. In 1976! Pops thinks it dated from the 60's and it had been in our house since he had electricity put in. He said it heats much faster. Imagine that! This is the one of only a few changes the house has undergone since it was built. That's big time!
Anyway, these pics are from 1972- before I was born. As you can see, when Dad bought the property the trees around it were small second growth and the house was built in a wild meadow which now is a grassy yard.
This picture below is interesting as it's almost impossible to see the old world within the new one. When the house was built it had a beautiful view across the South Santiam valley. That view is now obscured by 100 foot tall trees! One thing hasn't changed though- there's still piles of firewood!