I do custom leather work, predominantly custom belts. For over 20 years I had a store on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM. When I left Santa Fe in 2002, I set up shop in my home and continue to this day to work from here. One of the reasons I’m concerned about putting the house on the market is that when the house goes, I’m done working, so that can’t happen before we don’t need that income any more.
I bought this house as a foreclosure in 2002, before I met Shannon. In fact, the day we met we discussed setting toilets. Our only pre-date was actually setting the toilets. I really know how to snag a man!
Anyway, while the house was structurally sound, it needed (and still needs) a lot of work and a lot of love. Over the last 10 years we have made many improvements to it, and have come to grips with the truth that we will never be done. Some things will be left for the next owner, and we hope that they find as much joy and love in working on it and living in it as we have.
Since we still have 21 months before it goes on the market, we can still do some work on it, hopefully to increase the value. I have asked a realtor friend of mine, whom we will use to represent us at time of sale, to come out and give us suggestions on what will be the most important projects to pursue.
Another thing I have noticed is that the same things don’t bother both Shannon and I. For example, the side door into the garage: I think it’s funky and artsy and all Shannon sees is the now patched place where Rufus, our Great Pyrenees, tried to chew and claw his way in during a thunderstorm.
So, when these minor disagreements come up, we have agreed to give each other space to add to the to-do list without recrimination. I promise to look at each thing and see its importance in the big scheme of things. I’m sure there will be enough things to disagree about as we progress, so it’s important to remember that we are in this together, and the end goal is our new life together out in the world.