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.
Shall I party now? Or should I wait until I see the cement and lumber being formed into a house?