Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Still More Adventures While Walking

Today I am going to tell you about some of the houses we see when we are out walking.  Mostly these are perfectly nice houses, but the problem is that the people who live there decided to fix them up.  Then they started fixing them up, but they never finished.  I think it's fine to work on your house and make it look prettier, but if you're going to do that, you should try to get the job done, like, within a year or so.  If you can't do that, you should maybe think about hiring somebody who can.  At least that's my opinion, and my opinion is nearly always right, as you know by now!

Here is a house that is just a block away from us.  We walk by this house almost every day.  Four or five years ago, the people who live there took out the sidewalk that goes to their front door, but they have NEVER PUT IT BACK!  One time when we walked by there, a woman was out in front, so Mom asked her what they were planning to do with the walk, and she said they were going to put in paving stones.  That was 2 years ago, and the paving stones have never got there yet.

This summer these same people put up a ladder, and then later they put up a second ladder.  The ladders have been there for several months now.  Maybe there is no other place for the people to store their ladders.  Or maybe they want to be ready in case they get a sudden urge to run out and paint their trim, which is what we think they are planning to do someday.

These pictures are of a house that was being worked on when Mom first moved to this neighborhood, and that was 8 years ago.  The roof of this house got replaced, but that took about 3 years.  Now the owners seem to be painting the trim black, but they've been at it for a couple of years so far.  They used to have a scaffold by the side of their house, but now it got moved to the front of the house, where the window frame was replaced.

It's always exciting to see something actually get finished at this house, such as the roof or the new window.  And at least they always have a nice garden to look at when we walk by, which is mostly better than looking at the house.

Here is a house that got its front fixed up recently, and the whole job was done in about two weeks' time.    These people hired somebody to do the work instead of doing it themselves.  What the workers did was they put that rock front on around the doorway and also above the windows.  Also they put on new shutters, a new front door, and that copper roof thing above the entrance.  Oh, and before they did all that, they painted the house.  So now it's all fixed up and it looks pretty nice.

I just have two more things to show you, and one is this house where they have a huge sign that says RON PAUL.  Mom told me that Ron Paul used to be running for President of the United States, but that was maybe two years ago.  He didn't win the election because Barack Obama did.  I guess nobody told these people that the election is over!

And finally, here's some very naughty graffiti.  We don't know who painted it there, but we're glad it's not on our street where we would have to look at it every day!

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