I have been too busy getting things DONE to get any of my writing tasks done. No complaints there! I have things to write about in all my work blogs now.
One Old House
Yesterday was a lot of fun and messy as hell. Anita had a home inspection scheduled at the cute little house she’s buying from us in Cameron. We took that opportunity to clean up what was left in the house, which has been waiting for TLC for four years.
So , we moved lots of bags of things the family of the first owner didn’t want. We removed furniture that wasn’t fixable. We cleaned mildew off furniture we want to keep.
My most odious task was sweeping up the baking soda the folks who sold us the house had put down to deal with the odors. Whew. That was dusty.
But the place looks better. We still have the bathroom and kitchen to empty out. But we’ve made it easy for someone to empty the house, so Anita can start renovating.
Another Old House
This is great news: we finally closed on the Pope Residence, as we call the house on Gillis St behind our old church. We can start renovating it! I also feel safe removing a couple of things I wanted, like a giant urn that is real heavy and Siamese cats that light up. Treasures.
More important is that we planned the first phase of our renovation, which will be to create two offices and a reception area for Hearts Homes and Hands. How exciting! Lee, Kathleen and I filled our heads with plans, and realized this house also is still full of things an elderly woman’s family didn’t want.
Note that this house’s previous occupant is still alive! She’s safe and sound, and well cared for thanks to selling us her house.
Luckily we had a break between house work. Kathleen and I went to the extra early showing of the community theater’s Christmas kids’ production. It was special, because Mandi’s son, Matthew, directed.
It was really fun. It was A Christmas Carol done with Dr Seuss characters and poems. The sets were quite well done, and some of the young thespians were impressive. We’re glad we went!
After THAT, no rest for the weary. We ran to Temple to get a Christmas tree for the front window of the Pope Residence.
(More on the houses will be posted elsewhere. When I have a free moment. I have to write a newsletter.)