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Like Watching Grass Grow, Literally

They love Polly too? From literally watching the grass grow to pulling off wallpaper and mopping floors in rubber-gloved feet, they worked. We hope our two kids learned something about hard work and a little about sacrifice in the process. In fact, we’re sure they learned about sacrifice as there were plenty of parents splitting time while we worked on the house.

We feel like we owe them for their patience and understanding. Maybe watching their parents work so hard is enough? (Yes, that’s a question mark.)



I Forgot. The Alley.

It’s not even in our project plan. But we own a simg_6935trip of the alley behind Polly where trash is set for pick up. And I can’t ignore it. It’s where all the remnants and leave-behinds from the previous owners and squatters were thrown. From what I can see under mounds of weeds and bushes, it’s just a lot of what you’d expect. A sofa, bottles, cigarettes …and well… that’s enough for now.


It took me four hours, four strong men to carry off the sofa, three band-aids, two bottles of water and heat stroke but it’s cleared. I’m hoping for at least a thank you from the neighbors behind us or maybe the trash folks. Ugh.

Something to Stand On

We’re not an amateur construction crew but this certainly isn’t a professional affair as proven by the fact that there are rarely ladders or step stools in the house. So when it’s time to paint ceilings, you have to do what you can. My dad – known for his lengthy accident record – uses Home Depot buckets to reach high places. But even he would tell you to put both feet near the rim of the bucket lid to avoid falling in it, especially when it’s hd-bucketa bucket full of water.

Wet socks are the worst, right? He’ll tell you. And I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of it but I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to grab my phone.