Thursday, August 11, 2005

Homemaker, Suzy P. Homemaker

Yesterday I transmogrified from John Q. Constructor in to Suzy P. Homemaker. I am cleaning like there is no tomorrow. I have 2 big events coming up in the next few weeks. On Monday the 15th the article on my house will be in the newspaper. While I don’t expect hordes of people to be lining up at the door to see my (almost) spectacular new kitchen, there may be a few neighbors that I’m on speaking terms with that may want a closer look. I don’t want them to know that I normally reside in a feculent hell hole.

There was a flurry of last minute emails between myself and Kathy Dillon, the editor of the Restore & Preserve newspaper insert that my house will be in. In one of the emails I mentioned to her that I had much of the kitchen completed and she may want to come by for more pictures. When she and the photographer where here the last time the flooring had only been delivered that morning and all the hutches and stoves where still piled up in the other rooms. She said that sounded like a good idea, so yesterday Kathy and a photographer came by and snapped some new shots of the kitchen, dining room fireplace, and the dado in the dining room.

The next big event is on the 24th when I’m having the big shin-dig with all the Old House Enthusiasts. I can expect anywhere from 20 to 30 people to attend. I had a similar get-together about 19 months ago, and many of the same people will be attending. It will be fun to show off the (almost) completed kitchen, the completed bathroom, the stripped paint in the dining room, and talk about the 1920s addition removal and all the history I dug up on The Petch Family. Boy, it is kind of hard to believe I did all that in the last 19 months, along with replace all the water and natural gas lines in the house. I suddenly feel very tired.

Also, it is serendipitous that the tenants in one of the 1920s apartments over the garage are leaving on the 24th, the same day as the party. If it all times out well, I will be able to give a tour of the apartment as well as my house, and I will be able to snap a few digital photos of the apartment to post on my website and blog.

So now, as Suzy P. Homemaker I must clean, clean, clean, clean, clean.

Dining Room Before

Butler's Pantry Before

Dining Room After
(Should be built-ins in the big opening)

Dining Room After

Butler's Pantry After

This is the other wall in the dining room. You can see the other side of the dumb waiter style door.

Boy, this Suzy’s got quite a body on her. I hope all my t-shirts don’t get stretched out.


Gary said...

Wow, a bathtub in your dining room! Or is that the ice bucket for the partay?

Jocelyn said...

I can't beleive how much original woodwork you have in your house- it's amazing. Good job Suzy!

Patricia W said...

Very inspiring Greg. I have such a long way to go.....

Kristin said...

Hee hee, your last line cracked me up!