For the past few years, trees on GFJ's property have encroached on her house. There were more trees in back and in front of the house in the picture, and now that most have been trimmed or cut down, that this picture looks like a reasonable depiction of the property around the house. Much work still needs to be done to make this place saleable, and this is affecting the frequency of our visits to each other's homes.
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One of the problems in preparing a house for sale is that it has to be staged for viewing. The residents in the house must keep their home artificially clean, as well as remove all noticeable flaws that might affect the price offered for the property. In the case of GFJ's house, it means that all buildings on the property must be painted, minor problems with the buildings must be fixed, and that trees must be cut back to make the home more inviting to would be buyers. And this is taking a lot of GFJ's time.
When the weather was good, GFJ has had workers cut down and trim trees, fix the decks around the house, and paint the exteriors of the buildings. (There is a lot that needs to be done on a homestead on a 50 acre plot of land.) This has required her presence around the house while the workmen were there. And it has required her to direct the workmen to take care of tasks that they would have put off until later - such as painting the wooden decks. (We're expecting almost 2 weeks of rain, so she wanted at least one or two coats of paint to dry on the wooden decks before the two week long deluge.) With weather that almost hit 100 degrees one weekend and an abbreviated work period the next, it's likely that the property won't be ready for the market until September at best.
GFJ's house is not air conditioned. So I would be very uncomfortable there in warm weather. And after a Saturday and Sunday with relatively decent weather, I came home today so that I could take care of loose ends.
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And now, for the gist of my weekend as Mario....
I drove up to GFJ's on Saturday, and took a detour around Rosendale to avoid their yearly street fair. Luckily, GFJ told me of where to detour from the main road, as I'd have to go miles out of my way to bypass the town. Shortly after I got there, it was another visit to The Little Bear, and a nice night together.
Sunday was a rainy day, and we didn't want to stay in an air conditioned house. So it was off to see Gotti - a John Travolta movie which showed that he could impersonate more than Bill Clinton (see the movie "Primary Colors" to understand what I mean). Sadly, he couldn't rescue this movie from mediocre direction and a forgettable script. My advice - wait until this movie gets to cable before viewing, and then see it when nothing better is on.
Then Monday came... Part of me wanted to stay with GFJ. But the house was warming up, the air was humid, and there was nothing either of us could think of doing. Since I wanted to get some other stuff done at my house, I figured that I'd leave a little earlier than planned and get back to air conditioned comfort....
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It looks like we're getting to the stage that many couples get into over time. What do we do when there is nothing much worth doing? How do we occupy our time when not doing anything special? And that is the question I think we will need to deal with next in our relationship....