A Taste of What Community Can Be - Livin' the Good Life
Oct. 20th, 2014
07:27 pm - A Taste of What Community Can Be
For many years, we have tolerated some neighbors who were, shall I say, "unsavory". They trashed their house and their yard, accumulating 17 cars and several large motorhomes. Their activities were, shall I say, "questionable". They never bothered us directly, but the whole neighborhood was bothered, as a group, and they have been loudly complaining for years. The police were called frequently. So, much to our surprise and delight, the occupants were evicted and have been slowly moving out over the last 6 months. They got rid of all the vehicles and some of the trash. Then they left. The house belonged to the bank, and came up for auction just last month. We bought it.
I really enjoy the idea of "rescuing" a house, and that's what we are doing for a second time. Damian and Maya's house was rescued years ago under a similar scenario. It has turned out to be a great blessing. We hope for the same outcome with this new place while Nathen and Reanna take over the cleaning, renovation, and remodeling, with the intention of moving in and being Damian and Maya's next door neighbors. In fact, our three properties will be adjoined.
The first step was to clean up the place. A huge dumpster was rented, and yesterday we called on a number of friends and family (there were 14 of us... 15, counting Ollie. And he was a real help! Though a bit bossy, his enthusiasm made up for it) to come and help us load it up. Maya served a hearty lunch at the end of this work party, as well as drinks and pumpkin muffins to help sustain us throughout. Though I was not doing much, I did pick up light stuff and make piles. The heavy lifters worked incredibly hard and didn't stop until the dumpster was full.
It is true that many hands helping makes for light work. But, this particular project did not feel like "light work". It was hard, dirty work. I don't know what we'd have done without all that willing help. It was too much for just our family.
Reanna was jumping for joy when the dumpster was finally filled to the brim. (She was the director of this whole operation, and she did an excellent job.) There was general satisfaction for all of us, in fact. Although we looked around afterward and saw that there was still a LOT of work to do. We're definitely not finished, but we made a tremendous dent.
There are now piles to go to recycling; Piles of metal, thrift store piles, numerous TVs, computer screens and keyboards and other electronics to recycle, large appliances to recycle, piles of wood to sort through... that kind of thing. But, at least it's mostly organized. After those are all removed, and the house is scrubbed down, the real FUN begins: Remodeling. Reanna is on top of that. She loves that kind of stuff!