We were stationed in Norfolk, VA, from 2004-2010. Two years in, we bought a Craftsman-style bungalow built in 1912, and we learned that loving an old home means a lot of work — some of which we loved.
And the facts that the house is located in Larchmont, a neighborhood filled with charming older houses with wonderful families inside ’em, and that our boys did a lot of growing up there, make 1138 Manchester Avenue a place we’ll always cherish.
That said, after 6 years of playing long-distance landlords to three sets of tenants, we’re done. It’s time to own even less. I wrote about it here, and now we are here, and this is how we’ve spent our first few days:
Speaking of long distance landlords, we’re parked there at the blue dot, and our house is at the red dot. A shortage of RV parking in this area means taking what we can get, for the longest stretch possible.
Pro: RV spot at the beach
Con: Loooong daily commute
Lola was happy to sink her paws into the sand once again.
She became part of our family here, when she was just over a year old. Life is a little different for all of us, now that she’s ten.
Inside job: repairing drywall in the bathroom. Ceiling paint to follow…
Outside job: constructing a drying rack for cedar shake shingles. We’ve uh… we’ve got a few to replace.
Channels going in. Don’t worry. You’ll see. And remember what I said about the wonderful families here? It’s because of them that we’re able to borrow tools and garages and driveway space, and get this work done. Lifelong friends, y’all. Lifelong friends.
Before we hammer the shingles into place, they get the dip-and-stroke treatment in a 5-gallon bucket of paint. It’s very time-consuming, but I figured out a “fat end first” routine that worked quite well. No puns about fat ends, please. I was painting alone in that basement for nearly two hours, and I thought of all of them.
After the dip, they go in our homemade racks to dry.
Tim got ’em started, but I took over so that he could go outside and begin removing the deadbeats from the house.
I did this many.
Weather permitting, we’ll start making this wall look a lot better tomorrow.
This one too.
But the weather might have other plans for us. The hail seems to have followed us from San Antonio, dammit! We made it through those storms with only minor damage. Dare we hope for the same here?
We’re happy to see Lola so happy in her old back yard, but dang, we wish she had opposable thumbs. We could use more help!
Other posts on this topic:
- How it all started
- Bye, Lola.
- Coping Inappropriately
- Before & Afters