What would you do? One of the sons of the original owners dropped by yesterday. He was in town for his 60 year old sister's wedding. His family was the one who turned the barn into a sort of house from a huge barn in the 1930s. The people who bought it from his family made it into a usable house and DH's family has lived here since 1965. He really wanted to see the barn that had been turned into some kind of gigantic playroom/cook's living quarters almost 80 years ago while his family lived in the house near the road. He clearly had good memories but so many things had changed. I was horrified. I have a sheet tacked onto the picture window (that his family installed) to keep my keets and poults cooler in their brooder boxes. I have starter plants on roller carts all over the place. There's every kind of clutter on every surface. The only thing I can say that's positive is that everything is clean but holy cow, there's just stuff everywhere. Seed packets, carriers, business correspondence, you name it. Before we brought him into the house, I explained that it was a mess. He said something like, "everyone's definition of a mess is different". When he came in, he stopped asking to see the rest. Maybe I was giving off bad vibes. Oh dear. I felt so bad. But really. I use the guest room as a place to pile clean laundry. Was I supposed to show him this? I stripped wallpaper in the bathrooms and kitchen to find problems that we don't know how to deal with so they are left exposed. In many ways, I'm sure that we looked, well, quaint. On the other hand, his family owned the plant that employed everyone in the area and brought them here in the first place. I can't imagine what he was expecting. Apparently, the living room used to have a pool table and a grand piano and nothing else in it. How very sophisticated. My piano was inherited, is shoved in a corner and has a printer, business supplies and some throw pillows on it. I couldn't find it to play it. What would you do if the former owners came to your house?