Monday, December 2, 2013

Medford for Thanksgiving

We have a rental home in Medford and our current tenants were moving out, so we took the opportunity to drive up and do a walk through of the house.  Wow, what an experience.  We have rented it out for 8 yrs and have had decent tenants, some better than others but no one on a terrible list until now.  Until this week I have been totally enamored with the vintage home that sports hardwood floors and lovely windows.  The young man who showed me around the sty that used to be our dream home kept thanking us for letting him and his 2 roommates rent our home.  I was so shocked from the condition that I couldn't respond other than a nod and a stupid smile.

Beer cans strewn everywhere, carpet terribly soiled and maybe ruined, grease marks all over newly painted walls-oh, I could go on.  I didn't sleep well that night and went out to our friend's family room about 2am and got into my Bible and gave my broken heart to the Lord.  Over the next 2 days He brought me to the place of gratefulness. Seeing our house in that condition shattered the romantic notions I had about the house and allowed me to see it in a more realistic way.  It is a good rental and we will keep it as a rental and look for a home with a 3 car garage that will allow Greg some room to work on the projects he has.  We live in a small box home here and have been happy-we can do so in Medford and be happy.  Thank-you Jesus. " All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28.

Our wonderful friend, Karen who so graciously let us stay several days and fed and nurtured us-love her!

Greg had put Turkey in upside down in Roaster pan.  Bird was cooked entirely too long-when lid was lifted the bottom of the turkey had caved in-rather like the turkey in Chevy Chase;s Christmas Vacation (which I don't recommend unless you like stupid humor)

Karen loves to decorate and entertain and she has lovely dishes (I tend to use paper plates at Thanksgiving so this was a few steps up for us:)

Andrea, Linda and Karen's husband, Mert who just turned 80-can't believe it!

We found 2 very nice pet friendly hotels on our trip.  WE put a cover on the bed and Lizzy slept with us the whole trip-she likes a good bed!

We were blessed with beautiful color from our 4 Crape Myrtles on our return


Joyce said...

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Quiltedtime said...

My heart goes out to you, Elaine. Once you own a home, it becomes just like a child. You don't want anyone mistreating it or changing it in any way that you hadn't intended. You did the right thing. All you can do is bless those fellows and make steps toward making things better.

Joyce said...

It sounds like you had a good trip, Elaine. And isn't God so good to us when we call upon Him? He always has something better for us, doesn't he? Oh, I would not have liked seeing my house in such a mess…you were gracious. I laughed at Lizzy liking a good bed :) And your friend Karen sure sets an elegant table. I'm with you, not keen on the fuss anymore. Thanks for sharing your lovely trip. ~Joyce

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Elaine,
I'm sure it was disheartening to see your house in bad shape - some young guys just don't appreciate anything these days. You're right to give it to the Lord and move on.
Love the Thanksgiving table and bless Karen for her hospitality. Your doggie is so cool.
I've still not cut the first piece for the CSM quilt. Just got my templates yesterday and had so many errands besides. Hope to start tonight. I'm so sloooooooow. *smiles*
And I'm using all blacks and reds and neutrals, just couldn't get in step with the blue and orange this time. Have a great day!