A California Mid-Century Classic

On my last marker birthday (sixty-fifth) I muddled over penning my obituary,
my epitaph, or a newspaper ad. My own obituary was too weird to write.
My epitaph was a no-brainer…
Tombstone Generator Catherine Sevenau

Since I’ve been in real estate forever, the ad copy was also easy:

Celebrate a Contemporary Mid-Century Classic

This small-town charmer shines with character and a colorful history. Endowed with good bones and on a solid concrete foundation, she is structurally sound in conjunction with notable internal integrity. Built in 1948, this gem is a prime example of definitive California architecture, and other than the well-maintained roof, is in original condition. Despite an outstanding location with gracious curb appeal, her interior is somewhat dated and shows a bit of wear and tear. No major complaint or disclosure issues, no plumbing leaks or wiring problems, Catherine 70 workno illegal permit or zoning headaches, but does bear some slight quirks: two partially fogged windows, various rusted hinges, a few loose screws, and several stiff, creaking doors. There are minor holes in the ceiling (allowing hot air to escape), along with dinky wall dents here and there. No termites or beetles, but possibly squirrels in the attic. Well tended and generally low maintenance, though can be temperamental depending on the weather. Recently smudged for ghosts. For a quick turn-a-round, an authentic plastic St. Joseph statue is buried upside down in the front yard. Comes fully insured with newly minted historical designation. Well-documented archival background information on request.

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  1. Thank you all! I’ll have to figure out who will be in charge of getting that epitaph on a stone when I go.

  2. Truly clever and so funny! You are a gifted writer and realtor. Thank you for being so light hearted about something we all will be doing someday! Happy Monday!

  3. Susan Dalberg says:

    Absolutely perfect for the FIND A GRAVE Queen! Loved it and the description of you was hysterical and oh so true! I couldn’t begin to make up one for myself–you’ll get to do that when the time comes. 🙂 Thanks for sharing that treasure!

  4. Lots of fun, wish other models had been so forthcoming.

  5. You make me smile, actually grin ear-to-ear with your loveable quirks, Catherine.

  6. I’ll buy! Very creative and fun. And a reminder we are all works in progress.

  7. Ha! So clever Catherine. I will have a smile on my face the whole day after reading this.

  8. Juliette Andrews says:

    Totally enjoyable. A pleasure to see, a joy to know.

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