Last night we went to a community meeting regarding the neighborhood directly next to ours. We live very close to Lincoln Boulevard and the neighborhood on the other side of Lincoln is about to receive $1 million dollars in improvements in set aside grant funds if they meet some qualifying criteria by the time May gets here. I'm not entirely sure you heard me right. ONE MILLION DOLLARS. And were talking about 4 streets here. It's a tiny neighborhood. I want them to get every cent of that money. Lincoln Terrace has already become a much more stable neighborhood and while there is still plenty of room for improvement (cough neighbor cough) the individuals and families moving into our neighborhood seem to be making quality improvements to their homes on their own. But across Lincoln, that is not the case. But the City of OKC along with some other neighborhood groups have determined that this little neighborhood could be incredible and they are willing to invest in it with them. I agree with them, wholeheartedly and am hopeful that this tiny little neighborhood/community can pull together to make it happen too. If it happens, starting in July they will start funneling money into this neighborhood, so pack your bags folks, it's time to get moving. They're going to be replacing sidewalks, rehabilitating 10 existing houses, offering reduced loans to homeowners who can afford to take on a rehab loan, planting trees, etc.
After we attended the SNI meeting, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed back to the house to get into the work mode. We were moving at a snails pace last night. Maybe we are exhausted. Maybe we are just over it. I can't even pretend to be able to analyze it anymore. But by the time we finally crawled into bed, we had actually accomplished a couple of tasks which surprised both of us.
Paul grouted our master bathroom floor. Now it's ready to be trimmed out and cleaned which will make this room about 97% complete until it comes to the whole "making it a home" part.
Paul, once the grout was done, started trimming out Addison's bathroom. The trim in this room was either damaged badly or rotting so the entire room had no existing trim in it until last night. Where we have existing trim, we are trying, where it makes the most sense visibly and financially, to match the existing trim. But in rooms where all the trim is missing entirely, we were willing to use new trim and this is one of those rooms. We've set up the miter saw and the nail gun in the upstairs hall to make it easier to finish out all the trim upstairs. Paul will finish putting up the other door casing (leading into Addison's room) and will install all the base trim in this bathroom tonight so after I'm done cleaning my door, I can prep it for paint (filling nail holes).
Tonight's work order is pretty daunting (I only mentioned a few of the tasks). We'll see how far we get.