Day One

In December of 2016 our good friend, Eugene, died suddenly. It was very shocking and sad. His sister, Susie, who’s also my very good friend, lives in Florida and since she was executor, she and her husband, Tom, traveled to chilly Hayward, Wisconsin to take care of Eugene’s house and belongings. Our mutual friend, Colette, and I drove up for a few days to help with clean-up, trash-out and general moral support.

There was quite a bit to do to get the house ready for sale and I was looking for a winter project, so I moved into Eugene’s house for a few weeks to do a bit of remodelating.

For obvious reasons, Eugene was often called Bluejean.

Eugene’s house. This is NOT January 🙂 This is the following June, just before the house sold.

Day 1 January 6, 2017

Amazingly cold. Thermometer in the foyer window said 18 below this morning. Having no coffee pot and being incapable of functioning without my morning cuppa, I headed to McDonalds for my large-with-three-cream. Then took off for Libbys to get the coveted coffee pot so I could make my own at home. Alas, I found out later that it no longer makes coffee. 🙁

Wallpaper with bird house border.

I loaded up stuff from Libbys:
Computer and two monitors, so I could work
Printer
Step stool
Oscillating tool
Vacuum cleaner
Shop vac
Rugs
Coffee pot and coffee
A couple of small tables
Lamps
Blue tea pots and canisters and a blue pillow
Feather pillows (yay)

From Libbys I headed to Spooner where I hit the ReStore and found some really good buys:
3 Umbra nesting tables — nice!

They stack, too.


A blue tea kettle
Window shades — which fit the bedroom windows perfectly
Curtain rods
Various blue dishes — coffee cups and small plates
A toaster

Then to Indianhead Thrift Store where their credit card system didn’t work, so I had to run to the ATM for cash which amounted to $46.
2 sets of tabbed light green curtains – 100% cotton, quite light, but will do
2 full flat sheets and 2 ikea pillowcases
Some awesome blue plaid fabric (huge) along with small pieces of blue cotton and some gray/blue wool
A couple of paper towel holders
A recipe stand — the acrylic one I like
Kleenex box
Soap pump

I’ll have to start taking pics of my shopping cart 🙂

Stopped at Economart for groceries.

When I got back I unloaded everything from the car then took the hutch off the Hoosier cabinet and put it on the oak drop-leaf table in the sun room. That will be a nice pantry (needs cleaning and maybe interior paint).

Set up my desktop on the Hoosier cabinet bottom. My wireless adapter doesn’t work, so I strung a network cable across the house :/ to the router. But I was able to get online and update something for Hayward Chamber.

Spent a bunch of time removing the curtain rod from the kitchen window and reinstalling it in the sun room where anyone walking by can look in the window at my computer monitors. And me. I guess.

More time figuring out the best way to journal the BlueJean Chronicles

What to do with very large cacti?
Moved the microwave to the top of the fridge and put the (useless) coffee pot on the counter.
Made tea since coffee wasn’t forthcoming.
Ran to Walmart for a mouse 🙁 and CO2 for my soda stream which had been languishing in my car for weeks. I have no idea why it was my car.

Here are the Before pictures:

One Reply to “Day One”

  1. Hi Barb,
    Susie just told me about this blog, I can’t wait to read more as the work progresses! You are unstoppable! It was so nice seeing you and Coke again, too bad it was under such sad circumstances. Eugene is surely smiling down!

    Judy &’Tom

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