Hello there! I have arrived safely at my parents’ house! I left Jane’s in Leonardtown, Maryland at about 7am. I went the scenic route and I made about a thousand stops on my trip for coffee, gas, food, thrifting, and even picture taking! 

I stopped at our former house in Solomons, Maryland this morning to show you the progress with the new owner’s renovations. It appears the house was taken down to the studs. It is a much needed renovation. 

Here is what she looked like last July, on the night I left:

That is our former car, Greta Jetta, in front of our former home. I sold both!

Here is the house now:

I believe that is a new roof, which was badly needed. The front porch was restored; it was previously enclosed. There is an addition on the side in what used to be the driveway. There is also a small addition on the back of the house. The windows have been replaced, too. 

She is a great house; she deserves to be properly renovated. I am very happy for her. I can’t wait to see her finished!

Next, I stopped at the Starbucks in Lusby, Maryland for a hot, caffeinated product. The barista, JR, recognized me! That made my day. 

I stopped at the Goodwill in Parole, Maryland this morning. I didn’t buy anything! I also stopped at the Salvation Army in Linwood, Massachusetts this afternoon. Again, I didn’t buy anything! Two thrift stores and no purchases! I can’t say that has ever happened before!

Jane sent a beautiful gift with me for my mom. Did I ever mention that mom is a chicken person? Well, she is! The kitchen is coated with the cluckers. This is Jane’s gift to mom:

A chicken and a rooster on a gorgeous, ginormous tapestry! Dad is going to install the tapestry in the kitchen. Mom and Dad love it! 

Meanwhile, in Maryland, Jane and darling daughter assembled the Ektorp chair she bought from IKEA yesterday. Now she has a pair of Ektorp chairs! Here is Jane’s living room, with the new chair and the $15 table we found on Saturday at St. Andrew’s Church Thrift Shop:

 I think Jane’s living room looks great! 

Well, I am going to wrap this up for now. In the morning, I am headed to my brother’s in Braintree, Massachusetts. I need to return my rental car and pick up my fur baby, Emma! I can’t wait to see her!

Yours, Merryweather