Finally, we’re working on the house again. (And by “we” I mean contractors that we’re paying.) Today, we got most of the front of the house painted, erasing the horrible gray paint job that has haunted us for far too long (see photos 1 and 2). Next steps are to paint the porch floor, replace the porch railings, replace the porch light with the period-appropriate piece I bought ages ago, and put in a brand-new, beautiful front door. I can’t even express how excited I am about the front door. No more horrible ’70s door that howls when the wind blows because the gap between the door and jamb is so huge. No more broken door knob that comes off in your hand if you pull on it too hard (if “too hard” means hardly at all). Hello, modern, civilized living.