Whew, it has been a crazy February here at Henbogle. Early this month, we learned Dan’s mom had a buyer for her house! Yay, Mom’s moving to Maine! With her canine companion, Trixie.
Ruh roh, she’s staying with us for a while ’till she finds a place and our house is not company ready. Not. At. All.
You see, we are in the middle of the big kitchen project, so the state of the housekeeping, always precariously perched on the side of acceptable, had plunged over the cliffs of cluttered and into the deep dark abyss of dusty, cat-haired and cluttered.
Heroic cleaning and decluttering ensued. Half a library was donated to Goodwill (there’s some good reading in there so if you live in Maine be on the lookout). A few
hours days of sorting and re-organizing resulted in a lovely 2-room suite for Mom. We like it too — it looks amazingly good. Considering that those rooms are the guest rooms now that Kyle is living on his own, they should have looked better all along! Sorry friends who came to visit and tolerated the ugly cluttered rooms.
Earlier this week, we rented a GIANT pickup truck and drove to New York to bring Mom and Trixie home to enjoy the good life in Maine. The closing happened, despite the most neurotic, obnoxious buyers EVER, and we packed Mom and dog, and headed east. They are all settled in and once Mom gets rested up, she will begin looking for a place of her own. Although, I could use an undergardener….
In other news…. home renovation projects continue. With the impending move, we decided to get some help, so a local cabinet maker will be installing the new laminate for us this upcoming week. We will do all the prep work and once the laminate is in, we will install the new sink and faucet. With luck, by Saturday afternoon, I will have my gloriously large new sink and faucet installed, and backsplash, too. I hope all goes smoothly!
The other exciting news is that we have a visit from SupaFlu coming up to repair our leaky chimney, and if all goes as planned, we will soon be able to repair the ceiling and paint the guest room! Yay more homeowner projects!
I also need to report out on the seed swap I and some of my fellow Master Gardeners planned and held earlier this month. Of course, seed starting is on the horizon, and an update from the hoophouse, where things are growing! The cardinals and chickadees are singing their spring songs, and the hoophouse is heating up to the 80s on a regular basis. Spring is on the way even if we did just get another foot of snow Friday.
Did I mention it is snowing gently now? Boo hoo.