Pennsic is usually pretty great, and John and I always have a ton of fun, but this year was the best that
John and I had some Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock last night because there is something to celebrate.
The abandoned house next door is (we assume) finally sold. As of this point, the house has stood empty for two winters and three summers, and was up to be sold in a sheriff’s auction yesterday at 10am.
The people who used to live there were a perfectly nice older couple. We saw him the most often. Whenever he was out in the yard and we were out in the yard, his two fat, fluffy, little white dogs would run over to say hi, and he would follow them. He complimented us on our garden and our work on the deck, we chatted about gardening and yard work and commiserated about the depredations of the deer and rabbits, and he lent us a post-hole digger one time. Good neighbors. Then he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died fairly shortly after. His widow stayed in the house for a little longer, but the house had been mortgaged to the hilt to support his business (making and selling organic salsa or pasta sauce or something like that) and she was having trouble keeping up, and then the main line to the house broke and that was the last straw, since she couldn’t afford to fix it. (She shared all of this with us when we happened to meet in the yard one early spring day, after the fat little dogs had run over to us to say hi, as usual.) So she just walked away. She took what she wanted, and simply left all of the rest. Trinkets, clothes, pots and pans, holiday decorations… everything. (You can see all of the left-behind debris through the windows, and one time when an adjuster from the bank was over, we rather boldly followed her inside to check things out.) All in all a rather sad story. I occasionally wonder what happened to her, and those two dogs.
Anyway, the house presumably has an owner now. And one day, hopefully soon, we will come home and there will be a dumpster in the driveway so that the new owners can clean it out. It needs cleaning out. And a new roof, a new main line, and significant siding repair. And eventually, either someone will move in, or it will be sold again.
But the important thing is that it is no longer an empty, abandoned, house.