A Fence of Inevitability

I arrived at my office a little earlier than normally because I wanted to have all the more time to work on my yearly tax accounting. I’ve been on a bit of a burn this year to have my portion completed before the end of this month, and it looks like I’m going to make my self-imposed deadline.

As with real estate files, I’ve found it best to do a full review of things before saying it’s good to go. I’m sure when going back over my tax stuff for the last time, I’ll find something that was either entered wrong or overlooked. It’ll be good to have my conference table back to normal after I’m finished, because that twelve foot long table has been covered with piles these past weeks.

When I moved to my office over 10 years ago, I knew I needed a large work/conference table for the back office, and as chance would have it, an attorney who was going out of business, had an oblong one for sale. I thought I liked it when looking at it in his office, but after I purchased, and then placed it, I decided it wasn’t a good fit for that area, so I dismantled it and sent it to storage. Some day I’m going to have to either sell it cheap just to get rid of it on a giveaway.

Knowing I had a 5-legged thresher’s table at home which I’ve owned for a very many years, I toyed with the idea of using that instead. After several weeks of deliberation, I finally decided to haul it to my office and use it instead of that attorney’s formica-topped conference table.Without a doubt, that thresher’s table fit that area far better, and you can bet I’ve put it too good use ever since.

When looking at it today, I decided I’ll have to take the time to give it a good stripping and varnish because it still has the original finish on it which is near completely worn off. When it’s fully extended, it folds out to over twelve feet which makes for a perfect fit where it’s stationed.

The only reason I purchased it at the time, was because it belonged to a very good friend of our family, and according to that long-deceased gent, it was ordered new by his parents, and later arrived at a railhead, and then delivered by bobsled to their farmhouse. The table is well over a 100 years old, and when looking at the quality and thickness of the solid oak it was made from, it’s not surprising that old gem is still in such good condition. There are still moments while working on it back there, when the fondest of memories of its original owner come rushing to mind. Even though antiques are a bit out of favor these days, what makes my thresher’s table more valuable, is that it still has all of its original leaves, along with the hardware for its drop leaves, still in good working order.

Over the years I’ve seen old black and white photos of those tables being used outdoors to feed threshers their noontime meals. It’s somewhat sad people don’t come together to help each other on farm and home projects anymore. Yes, there are times when farmers do chip in and help if one of their neighbors is ill, or there being an unexpected death, but as a rule, they’re on their own. Do you think the age of farm mechanization was what prompted the idea that being selfishly greedy was just OK?

When you think about it, wouldn’t it make more sense if a group of farmers would share the same equipment and manpower available, instead of having machine sheds full of nearly the same equipment as their neighbors? In the old days, there’d be extended families farming in the same area who were always helping out each other. I think that’s one of the reasons some of our area’s big family owned farms started out, and as the generations passed, there’d be one or two who’d start consolidating the land belonging to their old ones. That’s the reason why farmers are fully up to speed with life estates because for generations, they’ve been helping with the passing on of family farms to their children without having to pay Federal and State inheritance taxes. That very same thing happened with my grandparents’ farm.

Late this afternoon, I went out and placed several open house signs at my listing at 1 Briarstone Court. I’ve scheduled an open house for it this coming Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, and hopefully the weather will be conducive enough to where there’ll be a good turnout.

Now that its price has been greatly reduced and fully vacated, it certainly shows off its size, and for any empty-nesters looking for a large ranch home with every convenience on one level, that home would be the perfect fit. The finished basement is ready for another bedroom to be added, along with creating a fully finished laundry/bath area, because the stool, shower and lavatory has already been installed and working.

While at the grocery store late today, I ran into a customer who’s now ready to start looking in earnest since he recently sold his property to a relative. It’s been a long haul with him these past several years because of his uncertainty over making the move to Mason City. I assured him that it’s time to pull the trigger, because the years slip away far too fast to be riding such a fence of inevitability.

Tonight’s one-liner is: Music is moonlight during the gloomy nights of life.

Joe Chodur

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