That's me! I have been slowly coming back up to the surface after the spring of my discontent. I've actually been busy around the house every weekend. Unfortunately for you, it's been mostly yard maintenance and not real projects. The mild winter and rainy spring has led to unprecedented growth. Holiday House was nearly overtaken by vines. But I pulled and weeded and pulled some more and then trimmed and trimmed and trimmed, and we are not back to "presentable." Not "done," but no longer the house people point to in a not-good-way. Oh, you think they don't do that? Yeah, let me tell you how many neighbors have casually brought up the wood rotting at the top of our house. They notice and they are like, "get on that shit." But not really, they are more like, "Um, did you guys notice the wood up there?!?"
Yes. It's a fascia and it's rotten. And JWH has called the painter no less than 500 times. He's coming "next week"*
*Could be a secret Brazilian painter code for "when hell freezes over" because it is certainly not what you or I would consider next week, of that I'm sure - because "April" certainly did not mean the period of roughly 4 weeks that occurred 6-10 weeks ago.
I will take some pictures when "next week" comes around so you can revel with me in the spending of $3000 that I cannot touch or even really see. But the neighbors will be delighted.