Half-mile west sits this elderly lady. Unlike the old dame that I pictured last fall in accompaniment to a little verse, this building, while naked and without makeup,* is still occupied. She is still loved, still someone's home. But she is high-maintenance. Perhaps heating and lighting consume the budget. Makeup and frills are just not in the cards.
*My Daddy used to tell me, when I was barely out of knee-pants, "A little putty and a little paint makes a girl look like what she ain't." Probably applies to old houses, too.