Cleaning 2 On our last day in PA, our friends at Forgotten Seasons B&B invited us over for breakfast so we could see what that was like. (We would have gladly made breakfast and cleaned the rooms just to see what that was like, too, but don’t tell them that.) It was a very productive […]
Frustration We met with our contractor again, who assures us everything is on track but so far he hasn’t talked to any subcontractors except the roofer, hasn’t given us any cost estimates, and doesn’t have a schedule. Now he says he can’t give us an estimate until we hire an architect to draw up the […]
Zoning We decided to take care of the zoning permit next month, rather than wait until September. I sent in the application and bought a plane ticket. Dawn can’t take any more time off work, so I’m on my own.
Ownership We have a new wrinkle in our plans: We need to own the property. The historic tax credits can only go to the owner, they are not transferable, and Dawn’s mother doesn’t pay enough tax to take advantage of them, so…we have to be the owners. And we have to be the owners before […]
Fran Hand We met Fran Hand, owner of Mount Joy Inn, who gave us a tour of her B&B and told us we needed to have wallpaper, electric fireplaces, and in-room whirlpool baths. The architect has been trying to talk us out this, but he doesn’t run a B&B.
Bill Coleman Bill Coleman, a direct descendent of Robert Coleman, invited us over to see the Coleman-Stiegel mansion. It is older, larger, and grander than ours, and completely restored. We were green with envy. He even has original portraits of Robert Coleman and Anne Old, but we couldn’t get them off the wall. When Bill […]
Gratitude We were planning to go to Georgia next week to visit my family, but they cancelled at the last minute, so we re-routed our trip to Pennsylvania. It’s just as well – we’ve got so much to do. In addition to our unceasing efforts to clean the place, we need to meet about ten […]