Our WONDERFUL neighbors, Gene and Denise, have completely renovated their home and it looks fantastic. In the last year or so, they have been very, very kind and generous to us and have given us many leftover construction items, lumber and the like. Gene works as a contractor in town, restoring many of the century old buildings in our historic city. He told me where to find some heart pine that was more than 100 years old that came out of one of these buildings, and it found its way into the boat I've been building. They also shared, from the same building, a large amount of pre-1900 stamped tin ceiling panels. With a little scraping and stripping we now are installing these panels in our home. Some are in our carport entryway, which is where we and our friends enter, some are in our new laundry room, and some will become a wraparound backsplash in our kitchen. As if that weren't enough, Gene, who happened to have some leftover fencing material, decided to treat us to a new gate and fence on the east end of our house! We are blessed to have them with us, and wish them the best. Gracie loves them too, because she can romp around with Gene and Denise's two poodles, Daisy and Stanley. We just put her in their front fence and let them go for it. We'll have lots of pics in the near future, but here's a start!