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The house across the street just sold.  On our way back from helping some new friends move in, we rolled down the window and shouted, “Are you moving in?”

Yep.  You live across the street?”


You’ve got a lot of work on your hands.”

We exchanging pleasantries and Jack rolled up the window, turned to me and said, “I don’t think we’ve got a lot to do.  They should have seen the other house.”

Farewell yucky, smelly carpet!

He’s right.  Yes, this new house has been neglected and is in need of gallons of paint, new wiring, a good cleaning, new carpet, replaced windows, new landscaping, etc.  But, I think we’re making progress.

I’ve started priming and painting sections at a time so I can visualize my progress.

I’m getting pretty good at the destruction part.  I mean, I did tear off siding and plaster and shingles and floorboards in Iowa.  Now it’s carpet carpet and panels and funky mirrored columns.  I’ve also discovered it is possible to get vertigo in your own home.

Don’t fall!
Most of the demolition is done for now and I’m slowly putting the ruins back together.  Though it’s hard, dirty work, the reassembling part is (usually) very therapeutic and artistically challenging (it’s tough color coordinating a house!).
Remember how bizarre this room was?  With some Kilz and new paint, it’s almost all better.
Work to some.  Artistry to me.
The stairs are now carpetless, the potential, limitless!

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