Just got back from beautiful, historic Savannah, Georgia, where my husband, mother-in-law and I spent 4 days fixing up my parents’ home.  It’s been on the market for well over a year, and was in dire need of some updates. It was a very successful trip and we had a lot of fun!

Here’s a peek into our week:

Sunday- Departure at 4:00p.m. Drove all night. . . stopping twice to sleep. . .. thankfully one of those times, found out the original route we were going to take would have lead us to a closed highway around North Carolina due to a rock slide!! Detoured down through Atlanta. I slept and was zero help driving….

Monday- Arrival in Savannah around 2:00p.m. It was such a beautiful day, warm and sunny, and so we spent the afternoon doing yard-work: raking, trimming, sweeping, cleaning the roof. . . and surveying the house to make a list of projects:

Fix-Ups To Do List:

  • clean all light fixtures
  • replace missing. burnt out light bulbs
  • remove all curtains, shades (for more light) and patch up holes
  • remove wall-paper & paint foyer, dining room and kitchen
  • add missing trim to kitchen floor
  • replace stove top drip pans
  • replace double oven? (it was an old brown one from the 60s though still working!)
  • clean and shine all appliances
  • vacuum and dust thoroughly entire house
  • fix draining in master shower
  • replace carpeting in dining and living room
  • finish yard-work- pruning, trimming, raking, sweeping, roof.
  •  . . and – have fun visiting lovely, historic Savannah!

Savannah Sights: Tybee Island, The Crab Shack, Dinner at Huey’s.

Tuesday- After finding out there was wallpaper behind wallpaper behind unfinished wall-board, decided to skip removing it. Primed & painted one coat in the foyer and dining room as well as the kitchen. Had a lovely fire burning all the sticks picked up from the backyard and stayed up until 2 a.m. painting!

Savannah Sights: Downtown, St. Patrick’s Day pre-festing, late lunch/early dinner at (best pizza & beers on tap in town!), coffee at Mellow MushroomsThe Gallery Espresso.

Wednesday- Painted 2nd & 3rd coats in foyer and dining room, shopped for and had carpet replaced in the living and dining rooms. Painted 1st coat of the kitchen. Cleaned out double-oven, replaced stove pan tops, thoroughly vacuumed house and trims. *insight idea arrived around 8p.m.- why not paint the old brown double oven since it still works and have it look like a cute antique?

Savannah Sights: SKIPPED downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade- avoided like the plague because of the crazy parade events (Savannah boasts a large Irish population and has the 2nd biggest parade in the U.S. and the population more than doubles on this day!) Lunch at my favorite fast-food-chain of the South: Chick-fil-a ! Dinner at the cute little hole-in-the-wall Greek/Med Toucan Cafe that I used to work at. Bonus! Got free coffee & cappuccino pie!

Thursday- Painted 2nd & 3rd coats (in some paces 4!) on kitchen. Cleaned out oven and spray painted it (special appliance paint) white! ! Looks like new! Shined sink, stove tops, dishwasher. Replaced missing trim, PACKED the van.

Savannah Sights: The beautiful  St. John the Baptist Cathedral where we wrapped up our novena to St. Joseph on the eve of his feast day, more downtown cute house sigh-seeing, and stop at the best bakery in town- (also where I used to work at!!) Rum Runners Bakery where I had a mini reunion and walked out with an awesome butter-buttercream cake that ended up eaten almost in its entirety on the drive home!!) & an amazing Indian dinner at the Nazareth’s home!

Friday- Left the house at 5:30a.m. Dropped off my husband at the airport at 6:05 a.m. Stopped in front of the  grotto- shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes in front of the sugar refinery to pray. (My family and I always came here to pray about major life decisions since arriving in the United States!) Mass at 7:00 a.m. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph! Then the long haul- my mother-in-law each switched off. I redeemed myself driving most of the way… well- by half an hour longer than my mother-in-law. Arrival home at  11:15p.m.