by Monica Albertson
from Peg Cochran's Cranberry Cove Series
It’s with great anticipation that Greg and I crest the hill into town. Now we can see the horseshoe shaped harbor below, the boats bobbing in the water and the Cranberry Cove Yacht Club. Beach Hollow Road is a strip of pastel colored shops and from this vantage point I imagine I can almost smell the scent of bacon frying drifting out the open door of the Cranberry Cove Diner.
Book ‘Em—Greg’s bookshop where he sells new and used books—is down below. That’s where we’re headed.
The sound of hammering comes from inside the shop. Greg and I look at each other in anticipation.
“Shall we go in and see how things are going?” Greg holds the door open and we step inside.
Everything on the lower level is covered in tarps, which, in turn, are covered in plaster dust. A hole in the ceiling gives a glimpse above where Greg’s apartment used to be.
We are in the process of turning it into a second floor for the bookshop where we will have room for more books and a small café.
The spiral staircase is not yet in place so we have to go up the back stairs to what had been Greg’s apartment.
Several workmen in overalls are swinging sledgehammers at the wall that used to separate the living room from the bedroom. The kitchen has already been ripped out.
“How’s it going?” Greg asks.
“We’re getting there.” The man with the gap between his front teeth smiles at Greg.
I look around imagining the place outfitted with café tables and chairs—perhaps with the walls painted a sky blue and lots of plants to give it the feel of an outdoor café.
I feel a shiver of excitement and anticipation. I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Have you ever done a major renovation project?
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