Posted at 10:04 pm , on November 12, 2018
Everyone asks what our time frame is for moving into the Cottage House. I tell folks that Marcus’s estimate has us moving in after Christmas. I say since we’re throwing out arbitrary holidays I’m gonna go ahead and guesstimate that we’ll move in around Easter. Or maybe National Doughnut Day (it might not be a holiday to you but it is to me).
As it currently stands, the Cottage House does not have interior walls but it does have a new roof. It also has new electric wiring throughout and the rooms and closet space for each have been roughed out but again, no walls. Unfortunately, it will need new floors throughout as the current wood floors are just a mess, having been rotted through. The kitchen is in surprisingly good shape and we won’t change much except to remove an exterior door and turn it into a wall for more space. It also needs windows to be replaced and a new HVAC system installed. Also, it needs a bathroom. All of the aforementioned needs to happen in the next 6 weeks for us to move in “after Christmas” hence the reason for my disbelief.
We are also in the process of employing Dovetail Cultural Resource Group to help us with the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) and National Historic Registry (NHR) and the tax credit process. I did a little bit of the research on my own and we made it through two rounds of the VLR process but, as we got deeper, I realized my knowledge of historical research was limited and it is much more involved than just filling out a paper with what we think we know and getting approved for thousands of dollars in tax credits. I don’t know why the government doesn’t just hand over money willy nilly?
And, as far as the Main House and any updates with that…there aren’t any. Marcus has talked about being in the house by his birthday next year which is in August. My guesstimate for that move-in date is National Sibling Day 2020.
Posted at 5:10 pm , on November 1, 2018
Happy Halloween! I know, it’s a day late and a buck short. Is that the saying? I tend to get those wrong. Earlier today I told Marcus that by doing something I would only be adding “fuel to the fodder” and as I said it I knew it was wrong but I didn’t care. And yes, it’s most redundant but let’s just go with it.
For a hot second (now I know that’s correct) I had toyed with the idea of having a little Halloween ghost hunt party at Sligo but I lost my nerve. Plus, it gets complicated with two little ones who actually participate in trick-or-treating and once they heard about the idea of a party they thought they would be involved and everything fell apart before it even began.
Also, I don’t really think the house is haunted. It is scary looking but that’s only because of its current state of disrepair. Besides, when I took our dog into the house he seemed right at home. He is a giant galoot but I figured if there were an otherworldly presence then an animal would be the one to sense it. I was concerned he would start staring at something only he could see and he never did so either the house is not haunted or he was too busy being a pain in the ass to notice (honestly it’s probably the latter).
I am surprised that we didn’t get any calls from the police this past weekend or last night. I figured there would be kids daring each other to go up to the house on Halloween night. One day I hope I can be at the house giving out giant candy bars to those brave kiddos who make that long walk up the driveway. There was a house like that in my childhood neighborhood. It was scary only because it was old and big and had a small family cemetery behind it. I remember building up the nerve on the last Halloween living in that particular neighborhood and was greatly rewarded with a giant candy bar so now I’m ready to pay it forward.
Anyway, on to Thanksgiving and then Christmas we go. The plan is to be the living in the Cottage House after Christmas but at this exact moment there aren’t any walls and the floors are rotted so…maybe it will be Easter by the time we move. Again.