Thank you for finding That Old House amidst the chaos of the Internet. We are delighted that you are here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others. . . .

Any parent who has sat through endless hours of Sesame Street recognizes that title phrase; it is the first line in a Sesame Street song, and viewers are challenged to find the one item among several that is not exactly like the others.

Most of us past the age of 22 months can usually dope this out when it's on Sesame Street.
But in real life? Not always!


Here are several pictures of That Old House. Which one does not belong?

Hint: it has nothing to do with holiday decorations, or angle of the photograph, or the weather, or the time of year.
The difference is in the house itself. Howard and I both missed it!

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4

Did you spot it? Do you see? If so, you are sharper-eyed than I.

I didn't spot it in any of the pictures; in fact I posted the "not like the other" picture
last Wednesday, here, and never noticed the difference.

I didn't see it until just the other day, driving past my own house,
looking up at it from the road, and thinking: "Hey! What the heck?"

If you don't spot it, I'll tell you tomorrow -- although I'm sure someone will find it and comment!

And as April drifts in on gentle breezes, with mercury pushing 90, the spring perennials at That Old House are popping. Howard took his new DSLR camera out into the sunshine.

And he caught one of those Moments Of Truth that are all too common at That Old House:
This is our kitchen window; note the creative slant of the shutter on the right.
Who says good design must be symmetrical? :-P

Note that crazy crazing, too. I count at least 4 different greens on those peeling boards.

But there's great beauty here, too.
I put some of Howard's April images in a mosaic, and there is also something in it that clearly doesn't belong!

Yes, in the upper left corner -- it is Mr. Ernie, a charming steam engine of a Yellow Lab who lives with my sister and her family, and is Dion's doggy cousin. They are rather terrified of one another in real life, but they are good chums on Facebook.

Thanks to Susan of A Southern Daydreamer for hosting Outdoor Wednesday.
Go visit! Just click and be transported! -- Cass


  1. Not sure I see it but pix 3 is not the same the tree on the right is not leafed out yet.
    Have a great evening!!

  2. LOL My eagle eyed hubby took 1 look and spotted the missing shutter!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. I think it's the missing shutter too! Took me awhile to find it!


  4. Cass-The question is "did you find the shutter?". I was glad someone spotted it before I spent hours looking--because I would have :)Loved Howard's pictures. I think that leaning and peeling shutter is just fine. I prefer to think of it as having character rather than blemishes :)

  5. Don't know where my original comment went, but your house is missing a shutter on the 2nd floor.:-) It took me a while to figure it out. H. took some great photos for your mosaic.

  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

  7. I have never been the observant kind, so I missed the shutter too. Where is it? Did it fly off in a storm?

  8. boy am i ever glad that all of these incredibly eagle eyed people found it, I looked for at least 25 seconds and couldn't find it. lol Howard is pretty good with the camera. Nice to see you back.

  9. There is a shutter missing on the upstairs window on the right. I love your mosaic. I want to learn how to do that. Love & blessings from NC!

  10. OMG! That was good! Love the house ...

    Have a great week.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  11. I didn't see it but I see it now if it's what they are saying.

  12. I figured it out quickly, did you find the shutter? I hope it didn't damage anything when it came down. Ours are incredibly heavy, but we only have them on the front of the house.

  13. I'm stressed!
    I finally found the missing shutter...I need a nap...that was exhausting!!! Lol
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  14. I found it but not right away.

  15. Well I searched and searched but couldn't work it out until I cheated and had a look at the other comments. Even then it took my a while to find the missing shutter!!

  16. I studied before reading the comments- and I think it's the shutter too! Was fun.

    Love the flowers and the doggie! Cute.

  17. Is there a shutter missing? It took me a few looks but that's what I notice ;)

  18. Hi Cass,
    Nope didn't spot it and had to really look after reading some of the comments! Beautiful flowers looks like spring!

  19. Love that old house and that grand front porch.

    A lot of work when you have to take down all those shutters and paint that house.

    Nice collage too,

    Came here via the Southern Daydreamer -


Thank you for visiting That Old House; it's always exciting to find new comments -- they are treasured! Because of increasing spam, I have reluctantly eliminated "Anonymous" commenting. Legitimate anonymous commenters, please forgive me! You might try using "Open ID" instead. Blogger's spam software worked for a good long time, but, sadly, no longer.