Booking Future Meetings

We’ve started booking recurring meetings for 2020. The Texas Master Naturalist, El Camino Real Chapter has decided to meet at the Hermit Haus next year, and we are quite delighted.

Everyone fit in the conference room just fine!

We hosted a Board meeting for the organization today, and they were satisfied with us just as we are, but also very excited about how much will have changed by January!

The ceiling and brick look great.

This week’s project was removing the ceiling from the conference room. It really looks great now, with much thanks to Mike and Randy. Everyone says the room looks much more cozy already.

We ordered two new light fixtures for the room, which will brighten it up a lot and are taking the old carpeting out next week. Progress!

Making Things Nice

This week we hosted another couple of meetings. This weekend we are celebrating the fact that the business that will share our building for the next few months, Hearts Homes and Hands, will be up and running by October 15 (or sooner!), we sent our team of demolition dudes over to remove the old ceiling in the reception area to reveal the beautiful beams above.

This looks so good!

Mike and Joe (yep, we drafted yet another teen) got to work early this morning and have already gotten their assigned area of ceiling removed. All they have left to do is clean up, so we can use the building for work and such next week.

The fan was used to blow dust away from the main part of the room. Smart.

Meanwhile, in decorating land

Suna was back at the thrift store this weekend working with Milam Touch of Love, an organization that often uses our facilities. Naturally, she found something to buy.

Happy autumn pumpkin on the piano.

The pumpkin was a no-brainer to add to our fall decorations (the rest of which should go up next weekend).

Happy ducks. Yes, someone could have adjusted the photo to look straight. She will next time.

The ducks, well, all she can say is they spoke to her. Or quacked to her. They go with the unexpected bird theme that’s developed in the downstairs business area. One day after the renovation is done, if we end up having other things down here, they may waddle their way over to the ranch house.

Hey, It’s a Start!

Even though we’re still renovating our space, we’ve been opening our doors to a few group meetings and private events. Mandi, who does our booking, says get in touch with her and she’ll give you our Mid Renovation Special rates! You can reach her at our new number, 254-760-4411! (It’s got 411 in it, just like our address!)

Our signs are even better now, too. You can easily find where your event will be held from the directory on our front door.

How to get around at the Hermit Haus

We’ve been hosting meetings in our conference room often. For example, we have held a property closing, organizational board meetings, and meetings of a committee working on a brochure of Milam County wildflowers. Out conference room comfortably fits 8, but has held up to 18 people.

People were knocking on the emergency exit door, so I put on a big arrow. We’ll make it permanent soon.

We also recently had a beautiful baby shower in our meeting hall. Even mid-construction, this place can be beautiful!

Happy baby stuff!

Thanks to the decorators and best wishes to the new parents! Here are a couple of more photos.

Later on incredibly cute refreshments went on the purple platters and the cute spoons went in little pudding cups.
It looks festive!

Getting Offices Ready

We got a lot done over at the Hermit Haus in the past week. First, we now have someone to clean the place every week, and she started out by doing a deep clean of the basement, including the former storage areas we are going to make into offices. They look so much better with years of grime removed.

On Friday, our partner in Hearts, Homes, and Hands, Kathleen, brought her husband Chris over to work on the offices we’ll be using for that business. That’s right, the Hermit Haus will soon be home to three businesses, at least until the new one moves across the street.

Kathleen brought in some lovely furniture to use in her office, all white and brass and modern looking. We all have office envy, even though our stuff is just fine.

We just happen to have some white chairs to replace these guest chairs.

We got to talking about how Mandi and I had looked all over the darned office trying to find the pins to rebuild the large shelving unit we had in the old office. Chris and Lee were looking at it to figure out what kinds of substitute items we could go buy to make it work, when Kathleen and I started looking at the little white cabinets in her office, which we’d never been able to really see before she brought in lamps. Kathleen opened the cabinet door, and we discovered some office supplies in there…and the stuff to build the shelves!

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Hermann’s House Is Here and We Are READY for Meetings

We got all our necessary permits. Since then, we have been waiting for the rain to let up long enough for the little house we’ve bought to store things at the Hermit Haus to be delivered. That day has finally arrived, and Mandi and Lee had the fun of watching it get all set up.

I like my little house!

Mandi said the installation went surprisingly smoothly, perhaps because they had a huge empty lot to put the building on. That’s a lot easier on a very large truck, wouldn’t you think? We located the cottage next to the covered carport, so offer some shade for parked cars, and to cover up a mysterious hole in the ground. Hole? What hole?

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