Nick and Hallie have been working hard to get their outdated Tudor in shape so that they can move in. I'm following their progress from a distance. Here's the update Hallie sent today:
"We spent two nights--Friday and Saturday.
We didn't get the shower up until late last night, so we haven't used
the shower yet. We had to take baths, which was kind of hard with the
crummy little low-flow faucet that was on there. The new faucet is
"I was a little worried about ghosts and critters, but the
house is VERY quiet. It is hard work and it's disappointing and
frustrating that progress is so slow. We had a good time in the, 'Gee
isn't it going to be great when we're done?' kind of way. It's
meaningful to do this ourselves and to be proud of it, but we're both
sore and tired.
"Nick has been working at the house in the
day--he's there now sanding away (he sent a photo text of him covered in
dust saying 'almost done with sanding...'). I go there every day after
work and he goes home if he has homework, but quite often he stays and
works with me until 9 or 9:30."
[There's something about a renovation project that sparks the imagination, even as we might give thanks that it's them and not us.]