Last week brought the return of our contractor who is SLOWLY helping us rehab the old farm house. One day soon we will actually decide we are ready to pour the cement slurry to provide a better moisture barrier, and then will begin the installation of the new floor. I have become so accustomed to walking around on the dirt floor, that once a real floor is in place, I suspect it will feel "odd."
|Wendell demonstrates to Judy and Betsy (his wife)|
So, as Wendell worked inside the structure, Joe worked on completing trench filling, digging more gardens, clearing of underbrush, felling trees, and burning PILES of brush, and I worked inside, managing to get out to help in the gardens and the brush burning after my "real" work days were complete. Things are shaping up around here, but with every task completed, we add five to the list....
Meanwhile, (in ring number three) the pond house is back on the market -- different realtor -- hopefully with better results. Naturally, selecting a realtor means interviewing several. Eventually, I decided to go with the realtor who's brother actually built my house, and whose husband was the developer of our small subdivision. I was not thrilled with the numbers she suggested for the asking price, but she, and all of the other realtors I interviewed, are convinced the reason I had no potential buyers even LOOK at the property during the first listing, is that it was overpriced. She showed me sales comps and current offerings comps, and in the end, I agreed to list it at her suggested price (gritting my teeth as I did.)
I did get an appraisal of the property, since everyone seemed to think the assessed value was too high, and hence, the original asking price was also too high. Imagine my surprise, when the appraisal came back at two thousand ABOVE the assessed value. The house is back on the market...now being offered at 50K UNDER the assessed value... they had better be beating a PATH to my door!
Nevertheless, since this realtor is all about actually MARKETING the house, she scheduled a photographer to photograph the house and property. The appointment was for Saturday, so I took Friday off from work to prepare.....
I started at 6:00 AM Friday ... and worked until nearly 1:00 AM Saturday. I managed to pressure wash the front porch, vinyl siding, porch steps and sidewalk, treat the weeds that would like to take over the driveway, declutter closets, take down all curtains and window toppers, vacuum and dust the house. Washing windows I reserved for our return trip on Saturday morning.
|De-Cluttered closets = DAV Donations|
|Pressure washing with SMALL pressure washer -- very slow going|
Saturday, after a VERY short night's sleep, we were back at the pond house, taking the first load of donations to the local DAV thrift store. Then it was the mad rush to wash 21 windows and windowed doors, while Joe put the final touches on the "yard" and detailed the garage. I was only two windows shy of complete when Joe announced the photographer had arrived. Joe directed her first to see the pond, buying me enough time to finish the window cleaning project before the photographer made her way inside to start her shoot. Two things:
1. Thank GOODNESS for double hung, double tilt-in windows, or I would NEVER have been successful in cleaning 21 windows, inside and out, in three hours.
2. I am NOT as spry as I used to be.... standing on short ladders, bending backwards at odd angles to CLEAN double hung tilt-in windows just is NOT the simple task it is cracked up to be!
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Still, we survived, and after the photographer left, we treated our overworked selves to a late lunch at the local Chinese restaurant. It was great! And after lunch, we stopped by Southern States to check on the availability and price of cattle panels.... and left with three flats of flowers and vegetable plants, several grape plants, golden raspberry, and gooseberry bushes.... we just NEEDED more work, right?
|Chinese food hit the spot!|
|Trunk full o' more plants!|
Sunday afternoon and evening were spent in the gardens...planting, weeding, watering....
|Pea Pod Baby|
|Watermelon and Hosta|
|Looking for sprouting seedlings|
Today it was back to work for me. After my work day was done, we made the run BACK to Southern States to pick up the cattle panels, and some bales of straw. We managed to get back to the old farm house with only what we went for -- PLUS one more flat of seedlings and 80 onion bulbs.......
By the time it was too dark to work outside, we'd managed to spread all of the four bales of straw around the plants in the gardens, plant onions, tomatoes and a couple of the grapes.... there's always tomorrow, right?
|Loading bales of straw on top of cattle panels|
|Spreading the straw|
|Drip hoses on front gardens|
|Turtle on Driveway|
|BIG turtle in grass|