Well, we are finally on the last day before we head back home to Ecuador. We haven't kept a log for the blog, mainly because we did not connect up to the internet for our temporary stay in our home here in Oregon. Plus, our blog is called “Bobnrox in Ecuador” (not in Grants Pass).
Here are some of the things we did in the last two months:
Thoroughly cleaned 2 houses including many, many windows, and ovens.
Professionally cleaned all carpets.
Power washed moss off of two roofs including garages. Plus washed pool decks and entertainment decks.
Made numerous repairs.
On our house, we restructured the lawn's irrigation system and drip system.
Painted decks and pool deck.
Reseeded two lawns, watered like crazy to keep summer heat from burning new grass. Looks good now...
Took numerous loads to dump from 2 houses.
Staged parts of our house with stuff from garage sales and odds and ends of furniture that Rox scrounged up on our property. She painted and repaired a bunch of it.
Painted the guest bedroom, which, without debate, we decided not to leave turquoise, rose, with brown stripes.
Spent hours cleaning and vacuuming pool to restore its cool, blue color.
Re plumbed and installed timer on our entry circle landscaping to our house.
Put down loads of redwood bark “nuggets” all around the front entry of our house.
Rebuilt a collapsed ceiling in our third rental.
Added a new deck to that rental.
Held 13 open houses on consecutive weekends—Closed escrow on one house, and have one in escrow. Our personal home is still for sale—we had several almost buyers, but no cigar, so far. We might be able to put in the sales brochure if we can make it small enough.
Rox took her written and actual Oregon driving test, so she could get a fresh international driving license for driving in Ecuador.
Bob made several trips to the Health Center of the Veteran's Administration for physicals, etc—everything checked out just fine.
We want to thank Guy for his help in picking us up at the Portland Airport, when we first arrived—especially as he had to wait an extra day! He loaned us a car for two months which was invaluable. He also loaned us his lawn tractor and weed eater for two months. He also made available his truck and trailer for may dump runs. And...we also had quite a few fun times kicking around old memories...a good friend since 1948!
We also thank our good friend Bob S., who drove down 7 hours from Washington State, to help with a huge amount of weed-eating in the garden area, and a complete revamp of the drip system for the front landscaping. We also had time for many good laughs
We had several good times with our old friends, Art and Ruth, who have now signed on to help keep the place up as we try to sell it before winter comes. Their help here will make the difference of a sale or not...
We had a nice visit with two of Roxanne's brothers & wives, Mike and Angi, and Steve and Vickie, plus we are looking forward to lunch with my brother Dave and his wife, Arnette, during our four hour layover at Atlanta Airport.
We regard our 2 month visit a huge success, because we know that without our personal attention, we would never have seen the results we have now.
But...we are really looking forward to seeing our home in Ecuador, and putting up our feet and watching the waves roll in!!! Stay tuned!