Well, hello! Since no one else has written any blog posts, and since this Travis 1 saga has consumed my entire weekend, I’ll just share an update, which will conveniently include some beautiful photos of the house “after” repairs.
Yes, there were challenges yesterday, and there continue to be some for my sister, but they did get helpers to come out, and did get the rental truck loaded. My son struck out on the road and drove enough to where today’s drive won’t be a total killer. What a trooper. I probably owe him something…
Not all the furniture fit in the truck, but I promised I’d figure out a way to get the important pieces to my sister eventually.
And here in scenic Cameron, we actually got the house in pretty good shape. Ceiling fans are installed for summer, and the smaller heat/AC unit is in the master bedroom. Every light fixture but one now works, and since we are needing to call in an electrician to install the correct wiring for the big heat/AC unit, that can get looked at then, as well. Plus, we’ll get a light working in the laundry shed.
We’ve taken the sad old appliances out and installed brand-new stove and refrigerator (easier said than done). There’s also a microwave that we can put in later, when the kitchen remodel happens (yep, we think that’s gonna happen).
We put up a fascinating collection of curtains, thanks to Mandi’s friend Melissa, who can take mismatched curtains and make beauty from them. At least the windows aren’t wide open to everyone going down the main road in town! And speaking of windows, there was a big pane of glass in a door that looked straight into the master bedroom. We plan to replace the door, but in the meantime, we “cleverly” blocked the view, but not the light, with a bubble wrap covering. It’s very sophisticated. And temporary! We met that challenge with a pop! It will be a great stress reliever when the wrap is not needed as curtaining!
Another challenge was the rather scary-looking laundry shed next to the house. Trimming the vine that had grown 6 feet into the room, getting rid of cobwebs, and thoroughly sweeping has revealed a room that will be fine holding a washer and dryer. Putting in some shelves and a table will make it a nice storage area. Note, however, that the very scary “bathroom” attached to the shed has NOT been touched. I think it’s a great time-out room for misbehaving future grandchildren, myself.
We sure are grateful to the contractor we found, who worked most of the weekend, and to Melissa!
Still to Come
Now we just have to get my sister here, and her stuff unpacked. That is going to happen in the opposite order. Our plan is to just install the big furniture, and put the rest of the stuff in a safe storage area for her to deal with at her own pace.
Oh, and the bathroom. We couldn’t just slap in new things, because we found black mold and rotten floorboards in there. Next week, that will all get taken care of, too. Until then, there’s a nice bathtub next door!
Wish us luck! Next week we hope to have some good updates on our other projects! The Taylor Homestead is getting an amazing shed makeover, and we will get the Bryan house under control. And what about Meadow Arbor 2? We’ll fill you in!
A Few Pictures
Check back later. The kitchen photos will be here soon.