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The Home - 7. Chapter 7

I sat at the end of the table, and they sat across from each other. “We checked the prices of wood for the roof. We figured it would be best to remove the shingles and replace any rotten wood. The roof beams look good, so we don’t have to replace any of those. We included plywood to place on the roof joints and then roofing tiles. This is the price for the materials.”

I checked it over, and it included nails and roofing nails. I didn’t know the difference, and Brad explained the difference. I had no basis to doubt the cost of the materials.

Tom explained that the labor cost would be 50 percent of the material cost. This was out of my league, and I didn’t know if that was fair or not. I’ll have to check with Dad.

I looked at these boys, they were holding their breath, okay not really, but they didn’t know if I would say yes or no.

“Okay, but you need to order the material, have it sent here along with the invoice. I’ll pay the invoice.”

You would have thought that they had just won the lottery. I walked them to the door, they stopped. They were going to hug me, at the last moment, they offered their hands for a handshake.

Four days later, a truck arrived with lumber and roofing tile. I checked the invoice, gave the man a check to cover the invoice. Now I had everything in front of the garage. It had to be moved to the site. I shouldn’t have worried, that evening Brad and Tom showed up. I gave them the invoice, checked it, and started to move the wood and shingles to the barn. I started dinner. I had guests for dinner, so I wanted to make it special. I brought up several strings of sausages. I was going to make sausages with green peppers.

The boys did a good job. By the time dinner was ready, they were finished. I showed them to one of the bedrooms so that they could wash up.

“Tony, how many bedrooms are there?”

“Not counting the master bedroom, there are four on the second floor and one in the attic.”

Now the question I somehow felt would be coming. “Would you consider renting one of those bedrooms?”

“No, but if you’re interested, I have something I think would be more suited for you two. After dinner, I’ll show you.”

I watched the boys eat. Mom would be in heaven. Nothing pleased her more than hearty appetites and people eating her food.

After dinner, the boys did the dishes again. “Get yourselves a cup of coffee and follow me.”

I headed to the garage and the apartment. I watched their faces as we walked into the apartment. They just looked around. “Brad look, a wood stove like Grandma has. When was this last used?”

“Sometime in the middle of 1800s, my grandfather had a maid that lived here. She died two years before he died. The furniture is the original and, as you see, very old.”

Walking into the bedroom, “The bed will be replaced. The dresser is still good, and it’s made from oak, the same with the nightstand. There is electricity, but that needs to be upgraded. There’s no bathroom; in the old days, they used a chamber pot. I don’t know how far we are from the sewer line. I’ll have to check the drawings. The living room furniture needs to be replaced except for the tables. The kitchen needs a refrigerator. You already know about the stove. So what do you think?”

“You would let us live here?”

“Yes, but you would have to earn your keep. You would need to take care of the horses and do odd jobs around the property.”

“Can we think about it?”

“Sure.”

Back at the house, I showed the boys where the washer and dryer are. That was the first time they were in the cellars. I showed them the area where we cured the meat for making salami and sausage.

“We never made that on the farm, but we did have a smokehouse. Most of our meat from butchering was smoked.”

“I think every Italian I know makes salamis and sausages. It’s almost a tradition like making wine.”

“Are you going to remove that wood stove as well?”

“I think I’ll see about getting a gas stove. I need to check the layout of the gas line. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll buy an electric range.” I made a mental note to hire an electrician to take a look at the electrical system for the apartment.

“What are you going to do with that wood stove?”

“I’m not sure. I don’t think anyone would want it. Wood stoves are not in fashion.”

“You could use it to heat the barn in the winter.”

“That’s an idea. With the horses in there on cold nights, their blankets might not be enough.”

The boys left, holding hands. Now I needed to make a list for the garage apartment. Updating the electricity, figuring out how to install a bathroom, buying a refrigerator and an electric stove, a new bed and mattress, and a new sofa and chair. I’m glad I have that money in the safe. I think I’m going to need it.

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It sounds like a great deal for the guys to move in the apartment.As long as the chores don't interfere with school.With Tony being their professor that should not be a problem.I think it's a no brainer

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Great chapter! He’s definitely going to be glad he found the money in the safe! Thanks!

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It's great to see Brad and Tom get the work and the apartment to live in.

My crystal ball was correct.

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2 hours ago, weinerdog said:

It sounds like a great deal for the guys to move in the apartment.As long as the chores don't interfere with school.With Tony being their professor that should not be a problem.I think it's a no brainer

Your right. Tony can also provide help outside the class room for the boys

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2 hours ago, mfa607 said:

Great chapter! He’s definitely going to be glad he found the money in the safe! Thanks!

Yes I think that will come in handy

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38 minutes ago, chris191070 said:

It's great to see Brad and Tom get the work and the apartment to live in.

My crystal ball was correct.

Yes, it was . The boys have a place to themselves, free eats and doing what they know best, farming

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A fun couple of chapters.

I was wondering how he was going to pay for all the work he ordered on a college professor's salary, whether his family was rich. It was as if you were reading my mind because the next sentence reminded us about the money in the safe.

What with @chris191090's crystal ball and your mindreading, there's quite a bit of paranormal activity going on. 

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Call me when the renovations are complete... I am hopeless with a hammer, saw , nail... you name it until the finished job I am lost. Give me a shack  to clean and polish and I can make it shine like gold. A hovel becomes a castle when I do the cleaning. I agree that with an old building he has his hands full and the list will be endless to renovate the building to how the bastard son originally saw it all those years ago. I still think that there is alot we do not know and I am on the edge of my chair waiting....

Loving it.

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Great chapter progress on getting the barn repaired, I am glad that they will move In. It gives them way more privacy and it will save them money, plus it will feel like home to them

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13 hours ago, weinerdog said:

It sounds like a great deal for the guys to move in the apartment.As long as the chores don't interfere with school.With Tony being their professor that should not be a problem.I think it's a no brainer

For the boys, it will be great. They have more room, cheaper rent I am sure, a built in tutor, and farming which they like. 

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6 hours ago, mikedup said:

Great chapter progress on getting the barn repaired, I am glad that they will move In. It gives them way more privacy and it will save them money, plus it will feel like home to them

Yes and Tony will gain as well. I expect the farm to grow. 

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