Tuesday, 31 October 2017

10:06 – It was 43.0F (6C) when I took Colin out at 0655. This was the first time since early this month that I’ve slept in until 0630. Until now, I’ve been waking at anything from 0300 to 0430 and then just lying awake in bed pretending to sleep. I hope the time change this weekend doesn’t mess me up again.

Barbara is volunteering at the Friends of the Library Bookstore this afternoon. She’ll pick up take-out on her way home. I’m going to putter around here. We’ve been watching Season 1 of the Canadian series Republic of Doyle. That, and lots of homesteading/prepping videos on YouTube. Barbara actually likes some of those, including Jaime and Jeremy at Guildbrook Farms and Patara at Appalachia’s Homestead.

They’re still working on Grace’s house. Yesterday, Barbara talked to Justin, who laid our master bath floor. He told her that the granite counters for Grace’s house had been back-ordered until now.

When Ricky and Kim bought the house they told us that they weren’t going to treat it like a typical rental house–slap a coat of paint on and call it done. But this isn’t an ordinary rental. They’re renting it to Grace, true, but she’s their niece. She just started as a teacher in the local school system, and my guess is she’ll live there until she gets married, if not longer. And it wouldn’t surprise me if they’re thinking about this place as their future retirement home, once their current home and farm get to be too much to handle.

As Barbara said, they’ve probably spent more on renovations than they paid for the house itself. They’ve basically gutted the place, replacing windows, walls, floors, HVAC, plumbing, etc. and installed a full-size deck.

Grace was really, really hoping to move in by the end of September, so I’m sure she can’t wait.