Some of the best advice I have ever gotten (and heeded) is this:
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The worst that can happen is that someone says “no.”
So here is my latest “Oh my, I have to fix this NOW” issue. The city codes department is demanding we fix the peeling exterior paint in the front and back of the property NOW. We are in desperate need of help, and of course, it comes just at the moment when we are cash-strapped and under the gun to get it done.
Winter is looming, but this next week is promising good weather. Especially Saturday, November 5th.
I am looking for some folks who are willing to come out on Saturday, help us paint a house, and be fed amazing barbecued bratwurst, fresh-baked bread, beer (after you come down from that ladder!), soda and more.
The day will begin at 9 a.m. with scraping off the old paint. Then we will move on to slapping a coat of white onto this old girl and making her shine again. I will have plenty of paintbrushes and paint ready to go. We will be power washing the house the day before to prepare for the event.
The city codes department are breathing down our necks and we desperately need your help. So come on over, roll up your sleeves and grab a paintbrush. Climb a ladder, have some fun with paint and then take a break to nibble some excellent food and wander the grounds. Your presence will help us cross that final hurdle before winter sets in.
If time or enough bodies allow, we also have a couple of areas that also need work – work on the front porch, a chimney that needs tuckpointing, a spot under the back porch to clear of items that need to go to the dump) and even some wiring and plumbing to tackle.
Whatever you might be willing to help with – it is probably needed! More than anything we need the city off of our backs and the house prepped for winter.
This Can Go Further
A few years back, I was chatting with one of the attendees at the end of teaching a class. She told me she had a group of friends who got together on a once monthly basis to do fix-it work parties for each other. It was a rotational thing. Perhaps one month you went to a friend’s house and painted a bedroom, or helped another do some demo work, or clear brush, or install some flooring.
Sometimes home repair projects are daunting because of the hours involved, something that could be remedied if you had a handful of folks working on it at once.
I remember thinking that what she was a part of was so powerful. How cool it was that she had friends she could depend on, and who could depend on her!
Fast forward three years and I have some amazing friends. When we moved from Belton to our house here in Historic Northeast, around ten people showed up to help us move. It was uplifting and humbling at the same time.
Working together, spending our time helping others, and helping ourselves, can make such a difference. I would love to see this one painting party turn into something so much more. Just think of what we could all get done!
If you have the time and energy to spare, I hope you will consider coming by. I would love to see you, put you to work, and most of all, FEED you! Let me know if you can make it by sending me an email. Hope to see you there!
p.s. The early birds get homemade Pecan Caramel Cinnamon rolls. Those alone are worth showing up for!