Even though my “real” home is not yet livable, post Hurricane Rita, my goal of finishing this old house project and getting the house elevated looms in the near future.
While waiting my turn on the elevation list, a last few necessary things are being done.
like a little carpentry work to replace some bad boards . . .
and changing out the old posts with bigger, new ones
on the front porch! They really do look good!
Replacing cracked window panes–four of which were broken during Gustav.
Re-glazing of all the windows. That way, I can keep the original windows intact for a little while longer. Of course, new double-paned, insulated, super-dee-duper (too many years of Barney) efficient windows would be better, right?
But they just don’t reflect the hand-made charm that these windows reflect . . .
And scraping of old paint, lots and lots of scraping . . .
And then there is . . .
wait for it . . . .
here it comes . . .
THE NEW PAINT JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Featuring Sherwin Williams paints in the colors of Sandy Ridge and Lotus Pod.
Many thanks to William Walker, owner and operator of WW Custom Paint out of Slidel, LA. He and his crew, Mike, Tucker, and Bill did a great job giving the old gal a makeover.
While I am of the opinion that these old houses look great with lots of color splashed all over them, I opted for conservative this time. I hope you like it, too.
Now, she just needs a little work on her plumbing, a sewage treatment plant, and to be jacked up on 8×8’s above the base flood elevation. That is scheduled to begin taking place around December 15th–we shall see!
Until then, I think I might spring for a couple of beautiful hanging pots and a new porch swing. My old cypress swing (which my second-born son had made for me for Mother’s Day when he was a boy) floated away with the flood waters; and even though Termite rode around the neighborhood in a borrowed golf cart and found it across the highway, then across the bayou, and then across two more yards, a street, and one more canal, it was “ship wrecked” and not up to the task of holding my big . . . .well you know what I’m saying!
Keeping you posted on Life in the Louisiana Wetlands brings me more pleasure than you will know! I hope I can somehow bring a little light to your day!