There is now just a empty space and an oil stain where the BMW used to be. We had a visit from the County Code Enforcement Officer and were told that it is an offense to keep a untagged car on your property unless it is in a garage.
Strangely enough a few weeks before the officer came around we arrived home to find a flyer attached to the mail box . I’d thought it was hilarious as it was from someone advertising to tow away “junk” cars. Bill wasn’t so amused at the slight to his beloved Beamer. Was this just a coincidence?
Reluctantly Bill ended up calling a charity that accepts donations of cars and arranged for them to come and collect it, which they did on Tuesday. The dogs and I lurked in the bedroom peering out through the blinds as the BMW was hitched to the back of the tow truck and hauled away. The yard ornament was no more and when Bill came home for lunch to an empty drive it was quite sad. Poor little beamer.
Over the road got a warning too as several wreckers came by to load up the four unusable vehicles they had had littered around their house. I think the lady was quite relieved though because when I spoke to her she said they all belonged to her daughter who gets through engines in a blink of an eye. They had already had a warning six months ago and this time the inspector had given them just a day to deal with the vehicles before he would come back and fine them. Daughter has also now got an apartment and moved out so all should be quiet over the road for the next couple of months until everything goes tits up and she’s back again with kids in tow!
Said kids were spotted with a dog on a lead the other day. Hmmm. Not sure if it’s theirs or not but if it is I can’t believe they’ve got themselves a new dog when they couldn’t look after Gingernuts. Humph.
I spent the day clearing the drive of the detritus left behind by the BMW and sanding a couple of shelves Mary gave us when she moved. Each shelf is interesting as they have three little drawers in them and I can see great potential in them when I can get them smooth and repainted. They came with some hideous fancy handles which made them look bleargh and turned Bill right off, but I’ve removed them and they instantly look better. I’m going to replace them with some nice simple knobs I think. Just got to decide which room I’ll put them in so I can decide on a colour.
And speaking of colours, Bill and I came to a small decision regarding the bedroom. It’s badly in need of redecoration and we’ve been talking about repainting it for a while. We both agreed that we would like one of the walls to be stripey, and after a trip to Home Depot and some experimentation with swatches we’ve decided upon a palette.
In preparation I have so far finally spackled over the hole in the ceiling, and while I was at it I also did the wall in the bathroom where Bill had to cut out a chunk of plasterboard to fit the new double switch for the extractor fan. I then couldn’t resist tweaking a piece of paint that was peeling off and the next thing I knew I was stood there with strips of paint curling at my feet and a large bare patch on the wall. So now we need to do something with the bathroom too. Ooops! *looks sheepish*