I have recently gotten a lot of inquiries into our completion date for the house. This is a question that I always avoid answering. I know a lot of it simply stems from curiosity but I also feel like a small portion of it stems from doubt in us ever being able to complete such a task. I’ll be honest with you, we don’t have a completion date and the house will never be finished. This isn’t a term paper that we will submit. It’s more like a pet that we will need to care for throughout its lifespan. I guess you might not even call it a project then, you would call it a commitment. As long as we are successful with our care, one day someone else will begin the continuous task of caring for the house because it will still need someone to help it along once we are gone. The house was listed in the local newspaper as completed in May of 1880. That wasn’t really true, in that instant the paint was already starting to wear away and the shingles beginning to age. Maybe none of this aging was visible to the naked eye, but it was happening.
We will never be finished, the house will always need updating and maintenance. While we don’t have a completion date, we do have goals. Goals of running water inside the house not just outside in the Allegheny River. We have gone four years without a bathroom at the house and are eagerly awaiting the day we can wash away the dust that accumulates at the house from within the house. Another huge goal would be having a completed bedroom so we could take a rest after climbing up and down the winding stairs all day. One of the biggest goals I’ve been looking forward to is Thanksgiving dinner at the house. We are almost always in Potter County for our thanksgiving meal but it would be wonderful to be on Main Street this year. I’m not going to give out dates for the completion of these goals because it really doesn’t matter. It will get done. There is no need for us to rush. We want things done properly not quickly. It will make it easier for us to care for the house in years to come and hopefully for whoever is taking care of it long after us. We will have Thanksgiving there, maybe a turkey will sit on the table in a completed dining room in November or maybe we will just stop by to enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie on paper plates in the tower. Either way, it will be perfect.