Move That Branch!

Back in August, you might remember that I wrote about the show Extreme Home Makeover coming to our hometown of Maynard to do some pre-screening for a family that, at the time, lived about a mile away from us. I had sort of filed in the deep recesses of my mind that they might be back at some time, but life always seems to get in the way of such things. I had kind of forgotten about it until last week when one of the production crew knocked on our door and told us to prepare for bedlam in the neighborhood because the house three doors down from us was the family whose house is being knocked down and rebuilt! Wow! I didn’t know it was on our street, much less three doors down. I even met the woman who lives here one morning when I was outside clearing snow! I didn’t even know it.

So this morning around 8am, Ty Pennington’s Bus barreled down Elm Ct and stopped in front of the house and the family ran outside in a gently falling snow, psyched beyond belief that they had been chosen. They are well deserving. Their story is in my post from August, which I linked to above. And now, starting today and culminating next Friday, they will tear down the house and build a new one so their dad and husband can come home after a year-and-a-half. How about that! We have one hell of a view from our upstairs window – it’s clear as day and very close to us, there’s a small branch obscuring one small corner of the house, but that’s it!

I’ll post pictures here and on Flickr from time-to-time as things progress.

15 comments to Move That Branch!

  • Anonymous

    Are you having a party for us to all watch the affair through the window?

  • Are there just more bloggers and blog readersin the town of Maynard than everywhere else in Massachusetts? I just moved to town last summer.

  • pkpki

    Good post, Jeff, I’m from Maynard, too…just curious, though, how someone from the show would have stopped by *your* house “three doors down” if you live on Summer St, which is several streets away from Elm Court? Is that just supposed to be a form of creative writing on your part? I was actually outside about 2 houses down about 10 minutes after the bus pulled up, having heard about it 15 minutes earlier from the town-wide phone call.
    Not meaning to be snarky here,as this is a wonderful thing that’s happening to the Guinta’s, just kind of incredulous at someone inserting themselves into a story when they’re not actually so *close* to the house in question…

  • Anonymous

    Are you having a party for us to all watch the affair through the window?

  • local electrician

    I am proud to say that myself and other members of the IBEW electrical workers union Local 103 from Boston will be donating our time to help wire this families new house, See you folks Monday!

  • Are there just more bloggers and blog readersin the town of Maynard than everywhere else in Massachusetts? I just moved to town last summer.

  • rustedrobot

    PKPKI – last summer, I lived on Summer St. We moved to Elm Ct. at the end of November. Snarky I am not!

  • local electrician

    I am proud to say that myself and other members of the IBEW electrical workers union Local 103 from Boston will be donating our time to help wire this families new house, See you folks Monday!

  • pkpki

    Dude, re-read the post,I was referring to *myself* as being snarky, not you. Peace, and keep up the great writing.

  • rustedrobot

    PKPKI – last summer, I lived on Summer St. We moved to Elm Ct. at the end of November. Snarky I am not!

  • pkpki

    Dude, re-read the post,I was referring to *myself* as being snarky, not you. Peace, and keep up the great writing.

  • Are the roads or anything blocked off? Can we drive by and cheer them on or bring coffee to workers?

    Brenda
    (in Stow)

  • Are the roads or anything blocked off? Can we drive by and cheer them on or bring coffee to workers?

    Brenda
    (in Stow)

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