Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Collinwood-Smythe House
The Collinwood-Smythe House is now legally mine. As soon as I uncramp my hand, I'll be able to feed myself. Closing went very smoothly yesterday. At Pebbles' closing, her realtor gave her and Slater a bottle of champagne and notecards with a picture of their new house on them. My realtor said "I sure hope they get my check deposited today. I don't want to have to come back over here". She continued to be unimpressive. But oh, well. It is done.
And as for the name - well, after watching the royal wedding, it seems everything and everyone is a something dash Smythe. And I have this vision of entertaining in a rather Edwardian fashion. Well, high tea as served by an Appalachian-American. I think the back garden dining table will regularly be set with the silver pieces I bought years ago when I was doing a lot of weddings and have been sitting in a closet at Reata South, tarnishing. It's time to use all the good stuff. No reason to "save it". That one area will be where I really "doily the place up" - and long-time readers may remember how much I love to set a table. My next step is to come up with a go-to menu that continues the theme. Cucumber sandwiches, anyone? Does anyone have a good crumpet recipe? Something easy, as I don't have a lot of time. There's silver to polish.
My "moving crew" consists of Pebbles and Slater. I offered to have it done. She declined. I offered to bring in other people. "I don't want to share" she said. Okay, Sweettart, have it your way. Slater, by the way, has the patience of a saint. Seriously, Pebbles is over-the-moon about this place. She and I are taking Friday afternoon off after I get the keys in order to do some last minute shopping. Actually, there are a couple of pieces at the local "antique" mall that I'd like her opinion on - a dining room table as I don't have one that will fit into the space. And next weekend? I am the third on her moving crew. Again, I offered to chip in on hiring it done as a housewarming gift. Nope, she just wants it to be us.
I am not on any sort of a time frame. I've got The Closet for another month, unfortunately for my wallet and the C-S House is less than two miles away, I think. I have no appliances to move - just a couch and a couple of chairs and a coffee table (bedroom furniture is going back to Dallas) along with about 20 boxes and ten bags, so it should be doable without exhausting anyone.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Get dashed.