The bad news is that our house in North Carolina has yet to sell. The good news is that we're able to release the place we're living now. And they're letting us paint the unwashable flat paint walls and take down the 20+ year old blinds. The blinds lasted less than an hour after the call. The first rooms were painted in less than 24. And Peter, whose schedule didn't allow for any down time last summer, can enjoy a summer at the beach. Also, anyone who wanted to visit us while we lived on the water has another whole year to do it!
In case you think I'm exaggerating the walls, I've included a picture of what they looked like after being scrubbed. The owners said they were OK with any light color. My idea of "light" isn't as light as other people's, so it took three choices before Peter said it was light enough. When we went to paint it turned out the "white" walls were really a blue-so-light-you-couldn't-tell so they probably have an extremely pale idea of light color and Peter was right to insist we go lighter.