Hatton House Diaries

One day, we decided to buy a 125 year old Victorian House in Des Moines, Iowa…….

The Chickens Are Coming! June 23, 2012

Filed under: Urban Farming — hattonhousedsm @ 7:57 am


The chickens are getting huge, but we have had one escapee. If you see one of these walking around River Bend, kindly escort her back…or at least call us. We’re also missing our mouser cat, Nick. Our almost 5 year old son is desperate to put up signs that say “Missing: 1 cat and 1 chicken. I may do it just for the comedic value.


How We Celebrate Flag Day at the Historic Hatton House June 14, 2012

Filed under: Family Stuff — hattonhousedsm @ 10:56 pm

imageWe know, when this house was finished 125 years ago, the flag only had 38 stars. Please forgive out inaccuracy. This is the 20×30′ “Midwest Mama” flag that covers American Outlaws supporters in soccer stadiums around the USA.


Fence Project….Done! June 13, 2012

Filed under: Remodeling and Design Projects — hattonhousedsm @ 9:51 pm

imageIf you look down the right side of the Hatton House, you can still see the dirt path of where we moved the fence from. It’s now set to the back of the house, and no longer leaning over the sidewalk. We decided to move it back mainly because that narrow strip of backyard was my least favorite part, but it turns out that moving the fence back so that you can see the entire house has been a huge hit with not just us, but many of our neighbors! Anyone who has shade plants to donate to the landscaping of the north side of the house that we’ve now exposed, I want to talk to you! Give us your poor overgrown hosta, waiting to be divided!