I don’t know about you folks, but I was in hog heaven yesterday with an abundance of sunshine, 70-degree temperatures, and my flip-flops on my feet! I hope Spring has visited you all. This weather has me thinking of grilling out (which we did last night), pickin’ on the porch (which I did last night), and swimming in the creek (which we won’t be doing until it’s at least 90 degrees outside…brrrr)! I even did some spring cleaning inside, while Coach did some serious cleaning outside!
The old place is looking better and better. Coach cleaned off those old, funky shop buildings yesterday, removing all of the green mold and tearing down any trim that had rotted. I have a feeling by the end of this week, since he and the girls are on Spring Break, those shops will be ready for a pretty serious ‘after’ picture!
I’ve had a couple of long-time friends mention how much different the house and property look just with the tree removal, and a neighbor commented to Coach yesterday that it looks different and better each time he looks up here. Those kinds of comments are what he needed to hear, and so did I! We’ve felt like we were at a complete stand-still with this horrendous weather, so hearing that others have noticed the changes is pretty positive!
We should get our third estimate on replacing the roof today, and there’s a fourth roofer coming to measure and bid. Each one has been gentle with us, pointing out that our home has three layers of shingles to remove, and that they have no idea what will be found underneath them all. We just close our eyes and nod, and resist the urge to reach out and pat these guys on the backs. I have this desire to kind of comfort them for having to deliver such a blow. I also have had the feeling that a few of them have been terrified at the prospect of roofing our house.
Come to think of it, anyone who has been here to bid on anything has looked a little bit afraid, unsure. Is it really that bad? When one long-time roofer came back with a bid of “I won’t be able to do your roof, I’m sorry”, we began to fear that we would have to raze the house and start over!
Have you had to hire a contractor lately? I am always amazed to watch people in this field work, to see how things are made or repaired. I love to watch progress being made on anything; that really floats my boat. I shared with you how I ran from window to window watching the tree-removal guys, and how fascinated I was by the whole process.
But I get frustrated with these types of professionals, as well. Is it really that hard to show up when you say you will? Is it really that difficult to return a phone call? Is it really necessary to find 8,000,000,000 other things wrong with our home and property, things that weren’t even on our to-do list, and never focus on the thing I asked you to come out here for? Thank goodness for second opinions, and an abundance of contractors, roofers, builders, and tree-trimmers to choose from. I still have moments when I think we’ll never get this house fixed, but honestly, I don’t have a huge problem with it the way it is!
Then, I think about winter, our outrageous electric bill last month, and the fact that the TV shakes and dances when we walk through the living room, and I know in my heart that we have to fix it, all of it. This old house deserves the TLC. We deserve to not have to take out a mortgage to afford the utilities. My girls should live in a house that doesn’t let anything leak in, or out. And, most importantly, we all deserve to be warm in the winter.
And by gollies, at 41 years of age, I deserve to put on a bra that doesn’t feel like it’s been in the freezer all night!
Here is another dramatic ‘before and after’ shot, which I will leave you with.
Mold be gone!
And guess what’s next?