Yes, we are moving!

Across the Street.

The adventure began a year and a half ago. OK, more like three years ago.

We moved to our present abode in Kindersley, just across the highway from the Recycling Depot (formerly Waste Management site, formerly the town dump when I was young!).

Across the street was an abandoned house. The previous owner had died in the house, and not been noticed until a few days later. Makes for poor real estate sales prospects. He was also a hoarder, and a bit quirky. After he died, the house remained abandoned and began to smell (quite literally).

Looking out our front window, we began to contemplate removing the eyesore from the property. We bought the lot, demolished the house and I began to rototill the yard. After a year or so of that, we decided much better to have a house on the lot – not so much rototilling! Little did I know what we were in for!

Next came finding a house – which ended up being not so difficult to do. A relative of a relative had a beautiful farm house that needed to be moved. Merely moved!

So, a basement had to be built, a mover secured, the house prepared for the move, and then on the day of the move, SaskPower moved power lines and other obstructions.

Once the house was on the basement foundation, we had to install new wiring, plumbing, and HVAC. Oh, and then the minor part of gutting most of the house, reinstalling drywall and insulation,  refinishing the original flooring, reconfiguring the house itself, finding fixtures, painting, and patience.

This past while has been the finishing stage. And cleaning. And more cleaning and finishing. And moving – the least of our worries!

As one pundit said to me: Why did the Bakers cross the street? To get to the other house!

And so a new adventure begins.

I’ve been trying to envision this for some time. The main floor now contains the master bedroom, laundry room, kitchen, living room, dining room and powder room. A self contained apartment! Upstairs are two bedrooms, a sunroom, washroom and library. The basement has 9 foot ceilings – enough said for those of us who like a basement that doesn’t cause you to be claustrophobic!

And I thought retired life would be sitting in the sun and soaking up the rays!

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Ron Baker
Ron Baker is a recently retired (2005) member of the Kindersley community. His roots run deep – his grandfather homesteaded just outside Kindersley in the early 1900's. Ron was born in the old Kindersley Hospital, has made his home in various other communities over the years, but keeps coming back. Committed to the community, Ron has found his local involvement has proved to be great fodder for some hilarious tales and tragic events. His experience in administration and working with people, along with his love for a good story, ought to help to bring daily life to life! Ron blogs at, and is pleased to be a part of the writing “crew” at Kindersley Social.