Speaking of record rainfalls, the weather this month really has me down. September and early October has historically been lovely on the farm... clear crisp mornings, the canyons full of reds, yellows, and oranges as the huge variety of trees and shrubs turn for the season, followed by sunny warm afternoons with just enough breeze to make the leaves dance. This year it has been chilly, rainy, and windy. It feels like the end of October, not the end of September. The construction site is already a mud fest... not what we were hoping for at all! We have been unable to work on the outside of the house until they were done with the siding (which has now been accomplished!) due to the materials stacked around, and simply being in the way. That means we have a lot of dirt work left to do... finish grading, drainage, and septic systems, not to mention the parking pad, front and back porches, and sidewalk. The last thing we need is mud! We are all crossing our fingers that this current spate of rotten weather blows through and the October that we all know and love will return.
Well, enough ranting about the weather. That is certainly one factor that is out of our control, and we just have to deal with whatever comes, just like so many other factors in this endeavor. Take, for instance, the giant leak that developed at our well head. We arrived Fri night to a saturated building site, complete with a stream of water running down the hill. Obviously a downpour had just occurred. We went to bed, but when we got up the next morning, the stream was still running. I became concerned when I found that the origin of the stream was our well head, and my fears were confirmed when turning off the well pump dried up the stream. Sigh. Luckily our dirt work guy (who also hooked up the water) was already aware of the problem and showed up the same day to dig up the water line and fix the broken pipe. Hopefully that is the last of those problems for awhile! Now we just need the lakes of water to dry out of the excavation holes so that they can be filled in.
Back to the construction... so what was I doing while AdventureDad was fencing? Cleaning up of course! We had to move piles of construction materials out of the garage in preparation for the cement floor to go in, as well as cleaning up siding and lumber scraps from the yard so that they won't be in the way of the painters. Yes, the painters are coming!!! The wall board is up and plastered on the interior of the house, the texture people are doing their thing today, and the painters should show up on Wednesday to do both the interior and exterior. Pictures coming soon! This current spate of progress also means that we had to order our appliances so that they will be ready when needed. Very exciting! It is killing us to see it so close to done, yet knowing that it is still over 6 weeks before we can move in. Of course then I think about having only 6 weeks (read 6 weekends) to move our household and farm (horse sheds, chickens coops, etc.) and it is suddenly overwhelming from the opposite perspective. One weekend at a time :-).
The last bit of family "adventure" is of course AdventureDad's back. He did end up having back surgery to remove fragments of disc out of his spinal canal. He is recovering from the surgery well, his back pain has improved dramatically, but both he and the surgeon are frustrated that his leg pain and weakness have not improved more. Another MRI is coming today, he will see the surgeon again in a couple weeks, and we will go from there.
|Siding is going on...|
|Interior in progress... insulated interior walls to add a little peace and quiet to our lives :-)|
|Siding is Done!|
|M in her latest "design" sporting her first lost tooth|