Since my last post, I have finished teaching a summer class on historic cemeteries, published a chapter on vampires in adolescent literature, visited 13 cemeteries in San Antonio, bought a new house, moved to a new house, transported as much of my garden as possible to a new house, and put the townhome on the market, which is now under contract.
I feel like I am forgetting something… oh, right! The house we purchased needed a new roof, needed gutters and downspouts, and needed its crawlspace to be gutted and repaired. Check, check, and check! And, when I learned that we could not have the custom wood blinds like I had in the townhome (it’s not only the aesthetic that I prefer but I grew up with a granddaddy who owned his own wood blind shop), I decided that I needed a picket fence. Wood outside since I cannot have wood inside, I suppose. The fences, a picket fence out front and a privacy fence for part of the backyard, went up last week. That was right after my fella was attacked by the meanest, badedst yellow jackets around AND after my mother-in-law had another heart attack. Oy! It’s been a busy two months.
But, I have been nesting and starting to slow down. There are a few more maintenance to-dos before we head into the fall including having the fence stained black.
Here are a few pictures of our new home. It’s going to be the most perfect Halloween house!
|Top picture is before the new roof; the bottom picture is the after with the black roof shingles|
|Added black gutters and downspouts, which beautifully outlines the house|
|Who doesn't swoon over her black downspouts?!?|
|Added a picket fence. This will be stained black in the next month or so.|