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So, Where Was I?

March 25, 2015

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Having to re-learn how to use my blogging software/site after all this time…

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Looking at my Post log, I had almost forgotten the trips DH & I took last fall to escape the frustration we were feeling with the lack-of-house building.

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So, where was I when we hit DEAD STOP with the house?
We hit dead stop because the house plan had to be redrawn. Our initial non-architect who drew (literally drew it by hand – no computer) failed to mention a number of little extras he had included (heating the entire basement floor!) & didn’t explain how a full basement was going to send our budget into a dumpster, especially with the current high cost of concrete.

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Our builder recommended that we have his best friend, a tenor in the choir of the historic Methodist church in Columbia with Carole, redraw/redesign the house plan. Michael was an experienced builder until he developed severe Parkinson’s Disease. He still designs houses using his computer with a clear understanding of what a builder must have and great advice for the hopeful property owners.

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The redesign was delayed because ML had to have the battery of his brain implant replaced just before Thanksgiving. The implant stimulates his brain to reduce his Parkinson symptoms. They are supposed to last 3 years; his lasted 2. The plan was finished Monday before Christmas. Well guess what? It’s hard for a builder to put together a price estimate when everyone is celebrating the holidays.

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Delay, delay, delay. Grouch, grouch, grouch – DH, not me… :0)
Is this thing ever going to get started, much less finished?
Talk of selling the property and moving to a condo, already constructed, in Florida!
Warmish January…nothing.
February – we have the price estimate! Hurrah! Let’s do it!
Snow, ice, rain, cold – ARGH! I hate winter! I hate February! I hate this!

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Could anything make this worse? So glad you asked! Poison ivy. DH & I pulled vines off the giant Poplar in the front pasture on Valentine’s Day. I worked in a short-sleeved T-shirt. Big mistake! I have just finished my 2nd course of high-dose Prednisone after it went systemic. (Always does!) Poison ivy is still visible on my ankle, but with Tagamet & Benadryl twice a day it seems to finally be drying up. Excuse me while I yawn…again & again.

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All this to say -WE BROKE GROUND ON THE HOUSE!
There is nothing like the smell of good dirt & I have been enjoying watching the backhoe & bulldozer turning up, pushing aside & clearing the way for our house to be built. Finally.

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God is good. All the time.

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