October 5 marks the official beginning of The Hermit Haus Journey. Once we really get going on the project, we’ll have a website and blog just for whatever the site ends up being, but for now, we just want to say YAY, we now own a church building!
We even have keys! That is significant!
Saturday, we went over to take some pictures and see what was left at the church after the previous owners left. We even stuck a HermitsBuyHouses.com bumper sticker on the basement doors. Just because we CAN. I forgot to get a picture, darn it.
We already have the lights turned on in our name, and Mandi has chatted with the Post Office on how we can get mail delivered to the location! There isn’t a mailbox of any kind there now, but we decided on a slot in a non-obvious location.
We were not surprised to see the good piano was gone. But the out-of-tune piano is still there, and so is the organ. And all the pews. They took some of the nicer church-related furniture, and the mirror we liked, but all the stuff we need for meetings (like all the tables and chairs) was still there. Oddly, most of the minister office stuff was there, including a lot of old books. We’ll have to see if our local librarian (and frequent blog commenter!) is interested in anything, though most of the materials are rather old.
We’ll have a few other things to see if another church or organization wants, and we’ll let folks around Cameron know when we get all that figured out.
The most fun we had was in the kitchen, where we found quite a few items that will be very useful, iincluding a lot of punch cups (we already have a punch bowl!). However, when Seth (Mandi’s son and our photographer for the day) checked in the cupboard, we found a LOT of condiments, fresh from the year 2011! The ketchup was black, which makes us think it’s probably not really good anymore, or that it’s now tomato wine.
We conclude that there’s a lot of clean-up to do.
We Brought the Dog
As you can see from the photos, our weenie dog mix, Vlassic came along with us on this trip. He had a LOT of fun with all the dead (and alive) crickets in the building. These WILL be eliminated before we open the building to the public. Vlassic checked out every part of the building, but was upset to see that the refrigerator contained PICKLES. He was appalled that we’d do that to his friend. He’s okay now, as we explained that his doggie friend Pickle is happy in Austin.
Enjoy these additional photos, and we hope you join us in feeling celebratory. There is a lot of work to do before we can share this building with our community, but we’ll get there. We’ll let you know when our Cameron address for Hermit House Redevelopment and Hermits’ Rest Enterprises officially changes!