Hi all. I am considering removing a wall in between our kitchen and dining room. Currently there is a door way in this wall. House was built in the mid 1950's. I removed some plaster and lathe to see if it was really load bearing. Attached is a pic. The wall runs parallel to the ceiling joist above it however the 2x4's are notched and one joist rests on the notch. I'm not sure if this would be considered balloon construction as there does not appear to be a top plate. There is no wall above this kitchen wall. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to remove wall to open up area into a bigger eat in kitchen. Thank You!