An Autumn Potpourri… (Which sounds way classier than “Completely Chaotic Blog Post”)

OK, yes– I am aware that every single breathless detail of our upcoming (hopefully soon, dear God) adventures in selling this house and moving into another one do not necessarily make for riveting blog fodder.

I know that.

But hey, that’s what my life is currently consumed with, so please indulge me for just a bit, m’kay? If you are nice about it, I might just have Charlotte make you a buttermilk pie… (Aside: Charlotte made her first buttermilk pie ever this week, and it was absolutely perfect. Seriously. On every level. Creamy and custard-y? Check. Top browned to a pale golden color? Check. Smooth, tangy and faintly rendolent of pure vanilla? Check. Ate the whole thing in less than 48 hours? DANG RIGHT.) Want the recipe?

But I digress.

Things around Chez Taff have been in a constant state of motion this week. We’ve been getting this house ready to list, while simultaneously working on all of the financing stuff and preparing an offer for the one we have our beady little eyes on in Columbia. Mostly I’ve been busy with ‘freshening up’ our front porch entry area– which is real estate talk for repainting the front door and trim and borrowing a set of really cute planters from Lynne, my friend/realtor/chicken purse owner.

Wanna see?


**Meh. Annnnd After:

Good, right? And how cute are those little punkinhead guys with the pansies for hair?!


(Buy my house and I’ll get Lynne to throw them in.)

We had an actual professional-type person come video the house and take photos for the MLS listing, and if you could have seen all of the running around and shoving stuff out of sight that went on at the last minute, you would have lost all respect for me laughed your head off! So basically the house looked all picture perfect and clutter-free while the closets kinda looked more like this:

Anyway, my task this weekend is to paint the garage doors, and then start trying to empty the closets and storage areas. Apparently it’s not good form when showing a house to throw yourself dramatically in front of your closet door and scream, “DON”T LOOK IN THERE! Take my word for it, we have really nice spacious closets. With built-ins. Just try to picture it in your imagination… BUT DON’T OPEN THAT DOOR!!!” So, I think we’re going to have one of those POD thingys delivered to our driveway and rent a backhoe start boxing up all of the closet stuff. And then have the mother of all garage sales.

Well, that’s about it from around here. Russ conveniently took off for Myrtle Beach just in time to miss the Great Closet Clean-out of 2011, bless him– but I have a sneaking suspicion there will still be plenty of things left to do when he gets back…

So, what do YOU guys have going this weekend?

7 Responses

  1. Bill Strebler

    That’s the problem I have with my closet- if I’m not careful when I throw books and paintings in there I might knock the chandelier out of whack.

    This weekend I think I’ll work on the programming for my internet radio station I lost when I didn’t think about WWJD- Jesus saves, I didn’t, and lost the whole thing when my computer shut down without permission. Then I have to set it up on the server, and maybe talk Tracy into doing some liners and other recordings because she has a voice for radio and I just have a face for radio.

    And, since you’ve inspired me, I might just turn off the Gaither Gospel Hour for a while and go clean my garage. If you don’t hear back send help.

  2. belinda

    Absolutely love the punkinheads, great curb appeal for someone driving by. Makes it very inviting. Good luck with the listing and selling of your home and buying a new one. How exciting of a time for all of you. Yes it is a lot of work but will be well worth it once it is all done and you are in your new home. Closets……you clean them….organize them…turn around twice and they are all messed up again. How in the world does this happen? I think the little grimlims come at night to mess with me. Sounds like they must be messing with you too. Silly Russ going to a concert instead of staying home cleaning closets. I’m sure you will save him some but remember all those days he was out there cleaning out the garage in the heat of summer. Just saying :) hehehe

    I kept thinking that maybe there would be a picture of that pie we heard all about. Way to go Charlotte!!! Sounds like a great pie.

  3. belinda

    Plus…..I think sometimes us women have a better way of cleaning out closets and making them tiddy.

  4. Gramma Jac

    First, I doubt the pie had a chance to be photographed before someone dug in!!

    OK, I gotta ask,…tell us about the place you’re looking at! (Inquiring minds need to know!!!)

  5. anna

    we’re building the back porch…covering it, painting it…so lots of building materials, dust and work…
    i hope it will be over soon.

  6. delightedabroad

    What I’m going to do this weekend? Get rid of a migraine, first of all. Then I’ll see – baking bread will be part of it…

  7. Phyllis S

    I think I heard a giggle from Russ when we informed him in MB that you were cleaning closets.

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