My Trash, Another Man’s Treasure

Our renovation contractor was shocked that I listed about 70 tons of rubble.

Tons of rubble at the back of our driveway divided the cottage from the house.
Tons of rubble at the back of our driveway divided the cottage from the house.

People wanted our rubble. All but about half a ton remained.

The pile grew and grew.
The pile grew and grew.

So when Charlie started cleaning up the scrap wood in the yard he piled it with the thought of taking it to the dump.

The Craigslist ad suggests uses: firepit, crafts.
The Craigslist ad suggests uses: firepit, crafts.

Thinking I could save us a trip I posted it on Craigslist.

The toymaker gave us our pick of handmade wooden toys.
The toymaker gave us our pick of handmade wooden toys.

Believe it or not, a toymaker saw the ad and came over to get it.

The pile is dwindling.
The toymaker said he would go through a truckload of wood in a month.

He only wanted solid wood but he took a pick-up truckload of it.

The pile is messed up but dwindling.
The pile is messed up but dwindling.

We’ve heard from another person who is coming today to pick up the rest of the pile.

Do you take risks?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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