As the work of getting the house in Pawtucket draws to a close, I have wanted to spend more time there and see how things are working and also what I notice still needs doing.
So this past Friday, 14 October, my husband and I drove to Pawtucket with our overnight bags. I was scheduled to meet the painter and look at his work again. He has been working there since June and has transformed the house inside and out. I guess that I was not surprised when I arrived to find him and his fiancee--who works with him--completing one last task. He was just finishing installing a new lock and dead bolt on the front door. As always, his work was perfect. He is a talented professional painter and he also will do things like install new lights and overhead fans. So I feel blessed that he has been able to devote much time and energy to this project.
At his urging, I went to purchase a new back door look like the one already in place which had started to show wear and tear and reluctance to turn.
I went to a treasure trove nearby--Tussier's on Central Avenue. A hardware store like Tussier's is an original of Pawrtucket : in a barn-like structure and filled with all that is needed to maintain the older homes that surround this area. Within minutes I emerged with a new lock and bore it triumphantly back to the house. Dennis the painter installed the new lock in a few minutes.
My overnight in Pawtucket was off to a great start. I stayed and did a load of wash in the washing machine in the basement--all of which has been totally repainted and illuminated fully for the first time with four new fuorescent light fixtures. Now I no longer feel as if I can barely see down there and all spookiness has vanished with the new lighting. I washed and dried the sheets for the new mattress that I had bought for the four poster bed in the bedroom.
Then I bade a fond farewell to Dennis and Joanne--but not before talking out in detail the specifics for the actual move; Dennis and another helper that he employs will move our furniture and personal effects from our summer house in South Kingstown to our winter quarters in Pawtucket.
After we left we went to visit my Aunt Anna at the wonderful Linn Health Center in East Providence.
How I found and settled on that great health and assisted living facility is a story for another posting.
After visiting Anna for a couple of hours, Yash (my husband) and I rewarded ourselves with a stop off for fish and chips at the inimitable Gregg's restaurant in East Providence. In line with my low carb routine I substituted a salad for the French fries and winter squash for the coleslaw--with the wonderful, fresh fish. All's well.
We returned in pouring rain to the house in Pawtucket and tried to watch the TV. My Aunt had an interesting quirk--she only watched Channel 10 and since she could get that with an antenna, she did not have a cable hook up. we found the TV in a closet but could not locate the antenna. So we looked for books to read instead. We went to our beds early because the next day was going to be eventful--a trip to Phantom Farm in Cumberland in the morning and then afternoon at the Regal Cinema in Swansea to watch a direct live from teh Met performance of Anna Bolena--an opera of Donizetti's that I have never seen.
More on that later.