Saturday, May 31, 2008

A New Beginning

You think restoring an old house is difficult? Try writing the first line of a blog that you've abandoned for a year and a half. Over the past few months, I've tried several different opening lines but none of them captured what I wanted to say. How do you sum up all the things that have happened in year and a half?

Should I begin with the end and say - "We STILL can't live in this frickin' house?"

Should I explain my absence by discussing the other major project we've been occupied with?

Should I begin by offering the most fundamental piece of advice I've learned about house restoration, which is: "hire architects that live in the same country as your house and speak the same language as the workers"?

Or should I start with the second most important piece of advice, which (as we recently learned) is: “Don’t hire a lazy local architect with a newborn and a cheating husband?”

Should I describe the way our faithful neighbor Red inexplicably abandoned us?

Should I say that we're positively hemorrhaging money?

Should I just throw up a few before and after pictures of the house? (Can't tell the diff? Hint: Look at the doors and windows)

Or should I give you the bottom line: that despite everything we are still madly in love with the house and can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Aw screw it – I’ll use all of ‘em. You can go to whichever topic that interests you the most.


Hannibalian said...

Love your site. Love the pink background and the frank, humurous stories.

We are going through the same thing you are going through, restoring a "Chateau" AND the home of a historic literary figure right here in the states.

What will you do with the hourse - convert it into a B&B?

Lola said...

Thanks hannibalian! No, we're not going to convert it into anything. It'll just be a place for weekends and holidays. We figure this is the one thing that will make us real Parisians!