1784. House renovation

Molly had always wanted a sort of “do-it-yourself” house where she could “do things” like painting rooms. No big hammering stuff. Just arranging this and that, and sanding this and that. In fact, the first thing she did once she had moved in and settled was to sand off the old paint on the staircase bannister and stain it. What a transformation! Now to transform the whole house!

As time went by, she became a little more daring. A little window frame change around here and there. She even bought a skill saw! Hammering nails in and pulling nails out was ho-hum. In fact she almost became convinced that in another life she must have been a carpenter.

It was no use wallpapering the passageway, for example, until the physical renovations were complete. In fact, Molly was practically rearranging the whole house. Once all the physical changes had been made she would begin the decorations. The original staircase bannister had already been removed, which goes to show that one can be over enthusiastic when it came to “doing things” too soon.

Because all the changes were not outside the house, no one had the slightest clue that there was such activity going on inside. No permits or the like had been obtained from whatever branch of government demanded such things. Who would know? And indeed, Molly was right.

There was just one more thing that Molly wanted to do before beginning the decorating stage of her project; she wanted to make a wide opening between the dining room and the sitting room. That way it would become an expansive area, an area of vision and visage! But it was going to be Molly’s biggest task. Thank goodness she did not intend to have doors, even sliding doors, in the newly created space. She was a little too impatient for such precision!

Molly cut a large opening in the separating wall. It took only an afternoon. Thank goodness no one was hurt when the roof of the house caved in.

28 thoughts on “1784. House renovation

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Shingles are a lot more classy than roofing iron. Here in New Zealand (where we don’t have snakes) I got my anti-shingles injection just last month. So now I can die happy of Covid-19 knowing I won’t get shingles as well.

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  1. arlingwoman

    Gosh. And I thought she might fall off the stairs. But those support beams…I can’t tell you how many times someone asked why I wasn’t taking out the wall between my kitchen and living room when I was remodeling the kitchen. I kept saying “That wall is structural.”

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  2. umashankar

    I have been mulling over the etymology and various connotations of ‘hurt’, and have carefully gone through multiple websites of repute to establish the true purport of the climax. I went as far as plumbing the depths of “The Hurt Locker”,, but couldn’t conclusively arrive at a position indicating death. At the same time, nothing could prove the converse as true either. Hence, I allowed myself to settle with the premise that Molly died.


    Hurt https://www.etymonline.com/word/hurt
    At the Movies: Plumbing the Depths of “The Hurt Locker” https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/at-the-movies-plumbing-the-depths-of-the-hurt-locker/

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I never connected “hurt” and “hurtle” before – but it’s logical. Also, I never heard of “hurt locker” but it makes sense too. Oddly, I was on etymonline.com this morning (for the first time in my life) looking up the origins of the word rhubarb!

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