Not a lot goes forward on holiday weeks, though we’ve been working hard to acquire a new property, of course.
The Hermit Haus is still paused while we wait for the asbestos report to come in. The guy did come out, so we should have our answer next week. Luckily we don’t have to remediate anything we’re not going to mess with, which may help.
I may as well share how much I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family on our renovation projects, since we’re in a lull. While we were enjoying Thanksgiving Day, we took Anita and my kids to see the Hermit Haus. It’s fun to see projects from the eyes of others. Each of them was fascinated by a different part of the building.
Kynan, a high school history teacher in Austin, loved the baptismal, and rose from it repeatedly. He was also fascinated by all the old books and begged us to not just throw them out. He found a couple of old history books to share with his students, and read to us some of the content, showing how different the perspectives on history are at different times. For example, the 1940s book was much kinder to Communism than the history books I read in the 1960s-70s!
Declan, the musician, was thrilled to find the organ, and tried out all its features. He ended up playing some pretty good stuff, including some two keyboard duets with Kynan. They were all fond of the old music books, and we were happy to share them.
Rylie, Declan’s artist girlfriend, saw many opportunities for photo art that I never would have spotted. She even made that baby room not look sad and lonely.
Anita grabbed some old books, too. But her favorite was the really big print of Jesus in the old minister office. It’s a limited edition print and an actual piece of art, which we intend to clean up and keep. He just seems to kind and welcoming, which is just what we want!
Next week the architecture team comes to measure the building, we hope to acquire another property, and work will speed along at Parkwood.
We’ve had to postpone moving out of the Travis Ave. offices until we know what’s going on with the asbestos, so our new tenants have had to postpone their move to Cameron. We are sure glad they’re flexible!
Come on over to Cameron for your tour, folks! Just head to the most empty spot in Texas, and there we’ll be (we had a cashier at Target who was from the nearby town of Lott describe the area as “the desert” because there are so few people and towns). We love showing off our projects, in hopes that maybe we’ll find more investors, like Anita.
Just be prepared for weird stairs, unattractive dead bugs, and weird smells. It can only get better!