Sprinkler system is finished! and comes on zone by zone every morning at 2:00 a.m. I happened to be on the porch last night when I was shot in the stomach by a stream of water. Glenn got it adjusted this morning and it is behaving nicely. What a joy not to have to worry about my lawn drying up again this summer and especially not having to reset the hose and sprinkler repeatedly every evening! I’m loving this new addition to my lovely home, Wise Manor! We’ve started on the parking area, just waiting for the asphault man to get the paving done, then will build the brick retaining wall facing the street. This will be a nice addition and a much more welcoming view of the house.
Glenn has not quite finished work on the dumb waiter, but I have been using it to haul fresh towels and linens, cleaning supplies and fresh coffee, etc. upstairs. Glenn will be back to adjust the speed of ascension and descent and to keep it level, but it is quite functional as is. Just in time! as my poor old knees are starting to creak.
The parlor sofa and Mom’s chair are back from the upholsterer’s and look spectacular! Ballew’s was able to pick them up, order in the fabric, repair and re-upholster, then deliver, all in two weeks! The fabric for the other chair is on back order and will arrive soon. I have already referred two friends to Ballew’s and they seem very pleased. In the meantime, I have discovered a retired upholsterer here in the Jefferson community. I’ve decided to send her one of the rockers from the Ramsay Suite. The fabric is in good shape, but it clashes with the new linens I’m using upstairs now so needs to be changed out to blend better. The parlor furniture was in very bad shape thanks to years of use and a steady procession of highly pampered cats which could do no wrong, even if it involved shredding the furniture.
Jefferson’s first ever Easter Parade was a great hit last week. It was a small, but auspicious beginning and ladies and gents alike had a splendid time! I expect the parade will double in size by next year. Start planning your Easter hat now. More fun in Jefferson!
And the glass for the new window installation in on its way! The stained glass and the etched center panel will be delivered Tuesday and Glenn should have it installed within the week. His crew is finishing up the very back of the house, installing new siding, but there are lots of things still on my to-do list. Very excited to have the new window going in over the staircase! Restoring this beautiful old house is a joy to my spirit! Loving it! Hoping Mom is watching…