Tidying Up

We’ve had a few to-do items that kept getting NOT done. Thank goodness we had a helper for the day and got a couple of safety and curb appeal issues taken care of.

First, the basement front porch light was on, but incredibly dim. It was not fun to go up the stairs at night. Hooray, it’s been replaced with a shiny new bulb!

Easton picks up the ladder after replacing the bulb, which is in an awkward position.

Second, our old sign got dumped on the ground when the new (and correct) sign went up. It stayed quite a while, because it is a really good quality sign and weighs way more than a wimpy 5’2″ woman can lift. Burly men can do it, though, and that has also been put away.

Easton and Chris move the sign while Lee supervises.

Next on the agenda will be some more lighting improvements. We want all our guests to feel safe from stumbling while walking to their parked cars.

We are working with our Master Naturalist friends on plans for a wildflower garden, too!

Putting Things Together

We’re getting all our processes ironed out with our current large group weekly rental. We have moved around some of our tables and made it easier to serve food, and expanded the seating to nine tables. We have another one we’re putting in for next week, too.

Lots of people enjoying a Master Naturalist training class.

In the meantime, we have taken new pictures of the space that reflect the current stage of the renovations. It’s really become a cozy and convenient place to hold meetings in downtown Cameron.

The view from the stage area of the sanctuary.

More activities will be announced soon!

It’s a New Year and We Have New Events

Hi there! We’ve not been posting a lot here, but we’ve been active, as we slowly but surely fix up our space for future events. Our main focus has been removing the old ceilings to create a rustic and much more spacious feeling in our downstairs meeting area.

The downstairs during the ceiling removal process. It’s all down now!

We’ve also removed a storage room, which created a much more open space. Currently we’re renting out our office spaces to Hearts Homes and Hands, a new personal assistance service in town, and have paused our renovations again while their new office building (really a very old building!) is getting fixed up.

Our conference room has an open ceiling now, too, and we’ve installed new lighting. We can’t wait to remove the paneling!

The most exciting improvement (especially for those of us who worked here over the last winter and summer) has been our brand-new HVAC system. When it’s hot outside, it’s cool in the Hermit Haus. And we are nice and warm this winter, too!

What’s Happening Now?

In the meantime, though, we have been hosting meetings for various nonprofit organizations in town, and will begin a weekly class for training Texas Master Naturalists on Thursdays. The El Camino Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists is also holding their monthly chapter meetings in our facility. Visitors are welcome, and we post the agendas on our Facebook page.

Coming Soon

A local group is planning to start regular gaming nights (think D&D or Magic: the Gathering) in our cozy downstairs area, which is perfect for small gatherings like that. From what we are told, the Dungeon Master is amazing. We will post more details when we have them.

We also plan to hold regular “stitching” events, where people can gather and do their favorite needlework or crafts, and we’ll invite local makers to display their wares. This will be a lot of fun! Call us if you’re interested in attending.

What Else?

We always welcome small parties, like baby showers, birthdays, and wedding showers. But that’s not all! If you need a space to get together with your friends for any reason, think of us. We are more affordable than you may think!

We have lots of space to serve refreshments, and our new heating and air conditioning system means everyone is comfortable.

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.