Thus far the exterior has been painted, the pool house mechanical room which had major water damage has been drywalled and re-insulated, and most of the interior light fixtures have been replaced and parts of the second floor repainted and windows washed.
Tomorrow the siding guy comes to replace the gutters and the tree chipper comes Friday.
My mantra has become, "would you pay to move it?" If not pitch it. While we have no plans to move anytime soon, in a house with lots of storage it's too easy to accumulate stuff. It's been cathartic to purge the detritus found in closets and garages, swiftly and ruthlessly. Goodwill, the Salvation Army and the Habitat shop are as grateful to have it, as I am to be rid of it.
I've also found many things that I never knew I had, especially boxes of old family photos I believed were lost forever. Going through those photo boxes cost most of an afternoon and night, reliving the memories, trying to remember names of people long forgotten and places and spaces of long ago- priceless. Time not misspent.
Later in the week I'll share a special photo.