Old Houses, Theater, Work: No Deep Thoughts Today

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.

You can barely see them, but we put decorations in front of the Nash house.

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.

The clean stuff we are keeping and a cleaner living room floor.

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.

The mattress goes, but Anita will fix up the furniture. She won’t keep the room pink.

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.

This cool old bed will get fixed up, too.

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.

The big urn.

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.

Scary cats are on top.

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.

Trying to enjoy the front porch, but the fake cats made Lee fake sneeze. He got a giant black vase, too.

And Theater

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.

I didn’t intend for a blue ball to end up on Mandi’s head.

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!

Pretty set!

After THAT, no rest for the weary. We ran to Temple to get a Christmas tree for the front window of the Pope Residence.

I just put this in because it’s funny. Mandi is being fashionable with her leash belt and coffee stirrer hair ornaments. That’s her Blue Steel look.

(More on the houses will be posted elsewhere. When I have a free moment. I have to write a newsletter.)

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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