I think, when I had the Sunday Editions last month, I mentioned that we were in the middle of moving. As of today, we’re now in the new house. All our things are here (still mostly in boxes, ha) and the old house is still waiting for the right buyer to find it.
Now that all our things are out of the old house, we’ve been trying to figure out what we need to do to make it a little more appealing to potential buyers.
And as part of that, we decided that we probably needed to paint a good portion of the house. Because I love color. And maybe the colors weren’t what house buyers were looking for.
It killed me a little. I’ve never been one to walk away from a house project, and I will admit to not really understanding why anyone would let paint color in a few rooms keep them from loving a house. But that’s okay! Because, like I said, I’ve never been one to walk away from a house project.
I grew up in a family full of DIY aficionados. I don’t think there’s much my dad can’t do around the house. And I grew up helping. (I think, sometimes, Dad probably put quotation marks around the word, but he was still happy to have me and my sister there and show us how to use the tools and get the jobs done.)
In addition to actually doing projects, we watched all the old-school home improvement shows growing up – I don’t think we ever missed an episode of This Old House or The New Yankee Workshop. And when HGTV started up? The whole family were fans.
All of that fed the development of Deidre McIntyre, the heroine of the first book in my now complete Peacock Hill series, A Heart Restored. Deidre is a handy-woman. She grew up working with and for her dad, who was a handyman and had a small business. And when Deidre was old enough, she took it over and turned it into something big and amazing.
And then, of course, it all came crashing down.
So Deidre headed down to the mountains of southwest Virginia, bought a dilapidated mansion, and rolled up her sleeves to get to work.
As I was painting room after room this past week, I was thinking about Deidre and what a daunting task an enormous mansion must have been compared to me and my normal suburban home. The slow, repetitive motion of rolling paint on a wall is great for imagining. And, for whatever reason, I spent a lot of the time thinking about Deidre and Peacock Hill.
Since I spent so much time mulling the stories, I thought it would be fun for you to get a chance to get to know Deidre and the Peacock Hill gang, if you haven’t already.
So I’ve set A Heart Restored free through July 11th.
Do you enjoy DIY projects? If you do – what’s the favorite thing you’ve done?