Last Friday Diarmait came over for a few hours in the evening, to help fitzw
out a bit with working on the living/dining room. He came back Saturday morning, along with sister etainmbw
and mom Patricia. The guys worked more downstairs, while we did some tedious but important sorting of plastic containers, some packing here and there, and washing the floor in the upstairs bedroom we've been spending so much time on. All much-needed and much-appreciated help!
That bedroom is close to being squared away. Need to paint the final coat on the ceiling, paint the radiator, and do some minor floor repair.
The living/dining room is much further along, but still has a ways to go.
We are trying to get in touch with our handyman from last year, but so far no luck.
Thursday we rented a 14' foot UHaul truck, and our friend Eli helped out with moving a bunch of stuff from here to Ashfield. There is definitely more space here, and we moved some large things as well as boxes. Definitely could not have done it without him! It was a long and tiring process -- we took a nap once we'd dropped off the truck.
Still more to go, before the place is showable on an open-house scale, and we really need to finish the first floor before that happens, too. But we're going to get the house listed before we're done renovating, because we really have to get this process going.
The realtor was going to come Friday morning, but there was no way we could get the house in any kind of shape for photos, so we postponed to this morning. She had a scheduling thing happen, so called and asked if she could come at 11:30 instead of 10:30 and I said "Sure!". We needed that extra hour :P
One of the reasons it took a while to get the house into some semblance of shape was that when we took the canopy off the bed, we discovered there was a bit of missing plaster on the wall. fitzw
patched it, but then we couldn't find any leftover paint. So, off to Home Depot at 9:34pm to get a paint match to the chips. Well, our chips were kind of small, so he did his best, but when applied to the wall it was obvious it wasn't a match. So, we worked on other things last night and were up until after 1:00 a.m. Then up again at 7:00 a.m. to go back to Home Depot with our chips, to try to match by eye to existing paints. Not a perfect match, but acceptable, and fitzw
painted the whole wall between the two doors, so that it would look like the slight color difference was a sort of accent wall (if they even notice -- the colors are fairly subtle).
We also couldn't find the correct paint for the bathroom Friday night. Sometime during my sleep I thought I should look under the settee, so in the morning I did, but no paint can. Then fitzw
was looking over the various cans of paint in the corner bedroom, and there was the correct can of paint, just on the other side of the wall from the settee... although neither of us know how it got into that room...
Anyway, lots of photos were taken, then we went to lunch, and then came home and.... slept. Just an hour or so...
Now we have to look at the market information she gave us and pick a starting price for the house. And keep packing, moving, and fixing things.
I'm a little anxious about getting things done quickly, and also about weaving more and painting some more artwork for the festival in October... and of course there is the clothing for Crossroads at Canterbury. After the initial patterning earlier this year, there's just been no time to do any of it. Blah. Hoping to work something out with lady_jade_01
. I should give her a call this weekend...
Today we do more packing of stuff into the minivan. Tomorrow we go up to the farm EARLY -- Doris is cooking breakfast for everyone! Pancakes and French toast, and other stuff -- and of course, Gray's Maple Syrup :)fitzw
will spend the day working on the farm, as usual. I'm off to visit with an old friend, Alfdis/Laura, in Shelburne Falls. She and her husband D have a store there, and she wants to both spend some time catching up on news, and take a look at the scarves. She's also thinking of putting together an exhibit/sort-of-faire for next February, so we'll chat about that as well. I'm glad she brought it up, because I want to make sure it doesn't conflict with Bergental Novice Schola. Good for the town and for us :)