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Monday, November 11, 2013

I used to look into my back yard and see a thriving garden, full of flowers and veggies and while it took some work on the part of my DH and I, I enjoyed the time spent tending to it. Our apple trees were laden with apples that promised to be a bumper crop. And the taste was even sweeter as we grew them ourselves.

By the end of June 2013 all that tranquility and quality of life was shattered in a split second as a forest fire swept ruthlessly through our small mountain community.
It took several days before the evacuated residents could return to assess the damage to their property. Some were sad, some were pleased to see they were spared the devastation of the fire. All were shocked at what they saw, for if their property was saved, perhaps their neighbor wasn't. The community pulled together.

July saw us back on our lot, now cleared of all the debris. The insurance company had a trailer moved onto our property for us to live in. It proved to be a bit crowded for a dog and 2 cats, plus ourselves. But we strived to move rapidly and get all of our decisions made in a timely manner, hoping we might have a replacement house by the time cold weather set in. By the 10th of July we had signed a contract, and things began to slide downhill. Plans were delayed. Just when we thought everything was finally drawn and approved it was discovered our lot was not quite large enough to have the 2-car garage we planned on. Back to the drawing board.

Next thing was this large stump (actually 3 trees in one) had to be removed.

We finally got the plans in order and they were submitted to the County for permits to build. Although we supposedly given priority handling, it still took a long time. Today is Nov. 11, so it has been 4 months since we signed the contract with the home builder. Maybe that is reasonable, but it seems very long to me. Talking with the builder today we were told the Superintendent will be contacting us and construction will actually begin.

emoticon Shall I party now? Or should I wait until I see the cement and lumber being formed into a house? emoticon
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  • LIS193
    Good luck!!
    1559 days ago
    Hopefully they will get the ball rolling soon Eve.

    1562 days ago
    I'm just going to continue to pray for you and your soon-to-be new home! emoticon emoticon
    1564 days ago
    Four months is a long time even tho there was much to do. Our home was built in 4 months from start to finish. We have a big house with a two car garage. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Best wishes to you.
    1564 days ago
    Go ahead and have a small one now then a bigger one when the foundation is done and walls are up. Then a bigger one when it's all done. You've had to wait for all the paperwork, now you can start planning the celebration. emoticon
    1564 days ago
    You have kept a "stiff upper lip" through it all. So glad you can still smile through it all, and glad things are finally coming together. All the red tape. Ugh !!

    Party now, then party again. emoticon
    1564 days ago
    Bless your heart. I'm so sorry there have been such delays, but you know how slow the bureaucratic process grinds, even in home construction. I'd, but save the party till your house is completed and you are comfortably moved in with all the bugs out!! (Can you say I might be a bit overly cautious?) hehe Like they say, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings!" (I guess they said that b/c some opera singers were largely.....large!) Anyway.....have the party on your face with smiles abounding!! I celebrate with you!! You can't see my smile, so here's a virtual one..... emoticon Really!!! I'm glad things are finally going to get a going!
    ((((HUGS)))) ((((HUGS)))) ((((HUGS)))) ((((HUGS)))) ((((HUGS))))
    1564 days ago
    That's a rough stretch for you. Praying you get settled soon and feel safe and well.
    1564 days ago
  • LAC936
    What an ordeal you've been through. Glad to see the brighter side is peeking through.
    1564 days ago
    Go for it have a party and if no building yet have another party when you see it starting - just glad something is getting done
    1564 days ago
  • DALID414
    4 months is a long time, especially when you're waiting!
    1565 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Party first, ask questions later. emoticon
    1565 days ago
    1565 days ago
    I hope everything moves speedily for you now Eve. How exciting that you will have your new house soon.

    1565 days ago
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