As 2018 draws to its conclusion I am compelled to evaluate the year’s accomplishments, fraught with setbacks as they were.
Progress on the Lustron was going according to plan initially but came to a grinding halt in July. We never seemed to regain momentum after that. With the furnace and hot water tank in place we refocused our attention on getting outside work done. This included the trenching for drainage pipes, gas, water and electric and digging for a septic tank and system. We did as much as we could with our tractor (with a trencher attachment) but needed a backhoe for the larger task of the septic system excavation. The availability of this piece of equipment and the operator kept being pushed back and by the time they were made available to us late in October, the rains began…and they didn’t stop… The yard was a mucky mess, too soft to bear the weight of the equipment needed to get the work done. Somehow between the unrelenting rains and super-saturated soil, the project did get done.
With the septic and utility lines in place, we brought in additional gravel fill, backfilled the trenches and graded the property (it had stopped raining for like 3 days). Feeling hopeful, Keith seeded and spread straw. You guessed it, that night the winds kicked up (blowing all of the mulch into a pile) then it poured, washing all of the grass seed down the slope. Just could’nt catch a break…
Also, the garage still sits on its foundation, 52 miles away. (((sigh))).
Ok, lets focus on the positives:
- Utilities are in place. We just need to button up a few holes in the exterior and hook up the hot water tank in order to have the gas meter installed – then we can have heat and light to work inside over the winter.
- We got the underside of the roof foamed (insulated) so that has helped keep the panels in place. Walls will be done once we re-do the electric throughout the house. The installers made a huge mess (rant for another time) but it’s correctable (ie. more work for us – eyeroll).
- The majority of our big expenditures have been made and although close, we are not totally broke, lol!
So instead of Christmas morn spent sipping coffee and opening up presents in the glow of the color wheel spreading out over the porcelain-coated steel walls, we will have to settle for the twinkling boughs of the aluminum Evergleam. We will gaze out the picture window from our house across the street and dream of our mid-century modest year to come.
We have come too far to “Bust”. One should never give up on ones dreams despite the obstacles encountered. If its a dream worth having, its worth the blood, sweat and tears incurred (yes, there have been all three) to achieve it.
Until next time, I wish you best wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year.