Day 1 – A beautiful sunny, spring like day in Niagara-on-the Lake. We arrive at the lawyers at 10am and have two hours to kill before we get the keys. We visit the town hall to get our residents parking pass, inquire about dog tags, garbage/recycle info and obtain forms to register for our future B&B. We then visit the spanking new community center and register for library cards. For lunch we went to one of “our locals” Butlers Bar & Grill. Lots of men there, in fact I was the only woman for the first 1/2 hour. Note to self: Butlers offer free pool on Wednesdays. Finally picked up the key and we were so excited to enter through the front door of our new home. It was all about unpacking essentials for the next few days. No time for a fancy meal – dinner consisted of hard boiled eggs and popcorn. while I cleaned non-stop. Daryl organized the contractors for renos to be completed before our actual moving day on Jan. 28th. After the days chores we soaked in the tub before bed – no TV, no internet, no cuddles (twin beds).
Day 2: Woke up to the site of wild turkeys in the back field and contractors knocking at the door! In no time it was like a zoo in our house with painters, carpenters, electricians, cabinet makers, the carpet guy and the cable guys. There were further visits by the old owners and new neighbours welcoming us to the neighbourhood. By afternoon, the upstairs cork floors are gone, the frame for the built-in closet errected and half the carpet on the stairs is ripped off. Another exhausting day rewarded with a fine dinner at the Epicurean restaurant which offers free corkage on Wed/Thurs so we enjoyed a fun & delicious meal. Next week we’re bringing a 4 litre box! Still no cable or internet but we enjoyed our first 2 person steam shower – a major bonus with the purchase of the house and a definite perk for future B&B guests.
Day 3: Woke up to fresh fallen snow which provided a picturous view from the second floor. Daryl tries to conduct business while keeping things organized with the trades people. I continue to plug away at cleaning appliances, cupboards and bathrooms. Exhausted we drive back to Stouffville, longing for some TV time and our own big bed.