Tag Archives: restoration

SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2006

Day One, Revisited I know I wrote that a year and a half ago, but now that the restoration is (almost) over and the innkeeping has begun, it seems just as appropriate today. Our first guests were a couple from Philadelphia just looking to get away on a Friday night. The sheets had arrived that […]

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2006

The week after I thought the grand opening meant we were done. I’m not sure how I can still be so naive after everything else we’ve gone through, but I think that eternal optimism is one of my charms. Of course, that may just be me being optimistic… I’d forgotten about all the crystal and […]

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2006

The end of the beginning The building code inspector came out on Monday for the “final” visit and flagged us for a dozen issues, from a broken emergency light (which we knew about) to all of the shower lines being reversed (which we didn’t know about). Dawn has taken care of everything and so we […]

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006

Down to the wire One week remaining… Saturday Buy coffee maker Install new mailbox Order sheets and towels Find (or order) window pulls Order one more kitchen pull Schedule clock guy Buy bathroom hardware (towel racks, etc.) Sunday Set up walkway, lay wood chips Unpack boxes, organize furniture Invite neighbors Set up canopy bed on […]

TUESDAY, JULY 04, 2006

Independence Day First, the good news: Last week’s record rainfall did NOT do any significant damage to the mansion. Had it occurred a week earlier, when the driveway was freshly paved, I would not be saying that. Dawn, however, did not sleep for three days. When you’re sleeping in a greenhouse with a plastic roof, […]

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006

Paymaster’s Office I think the Paymaster’s Office is the second coolest building on the property. (The coolest, of course, is the¬†privy.) But you can’t live in the privy, and you don’t get all of these other benefits: The paymaster window. How many other buildings are divided by a wall with a double-hung window? The basement, […]

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2006

Todd Auker I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The people on this project have been fantastic. Todd is no exception. I’m not sure how Dawn found him, but it was a last minute thing, and he had to squeeze us into his schedule. (Which meant he would do one room, disappear for […]

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2006

Brian Schaeffer I feel bad for Brian because, while he’s probably put in the most time on the project, his work will be the least appreciated. That’s not because his work is poor — on the contrary, he does excellent work, and he approaches every job with such care and attention to detail that even […]

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006

Leaders and followers Make no bones about it: I’m a follower. I must hold a record for belonging to the most Pennsylvania organizations without actually residing (or ever resided) in the state. Here’s the list I’ve joined, am joining, or am trying to join: Historical Society of Pennsylvania The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Lititz Retailers […]