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.

Find Us by Our Sign

As we move along in our renovation and improvements, we’ve improved the outside of our building by finally getting some signs made. Here’s the one in front of the building:

It’s a big sign in front of our building. It has the address and phone number.

We also have one showing the entrance to our Hermits’ Rest Enterprises building up, and we have a sign for the Hearts Homes and Hands entrance, but we need to get it installed carefully. We want to drill into the brick wall just once!

Here’s the rear entrance, for the business folks!

Next we will order a sign to go over the main door to the Hermit Haus, so people can easily identify the event venue.

And here’s the metal sign, shining. It will look great out by the front steps!

We’ve been talking to a couple of people about doing some alcohol-free concerts on our stage. That’s something we don’t have much of here in Cameron. Any other ideas?

The Luxury of Air Conditioning

The Hermit Haus is entering the intensive phase of its renovation, so we are only booking a few events, mostly in our conference room (since until yesterday it was the only room in the basement with working air conditioning).

Mid installation.

We had to remove some of the old ceiling in the building (after we’d already removed a drop ceiling!) so that we could add the ductwork. We decided it looked so nice that we will remove the rest of the old ceiling, leaving one of those modern exposed beam kind of things.

The whole ceiling will look like this.

The wood should look really nice once we paint the walls a creamy white and replace the flooring with wood-look vinyl. And that A/C is nice and cool. We look forward to a fine and warm winter, as well.

Our future reception area.

We got a start on the office re-arrangement, too. The old storage room is gone, which will create an open reception area while we share the space with Hearts, Homes and Hands, and later it will allow us to create a lounge area. It will be quite versatile!

The conference room no longer has ancient and dusty books in it, too. We look forward to making this room even more welcoming.

It’s great to be starting to get the facility usable for meetings and events! We’ll soon even have an official phone number.

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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