I took this picture back in June, a few days after starting excavation with my backhoe guy. There were a lot of deer tracks too, but this guy was the biggest critter to visit that night. I set up a trail cam after that, no luck yet. I'll be sure to share when I do get a few good pics out of it.
And yes, that's my big ol' steel toe rubber boot you see there.
Someone once told me : "On se fait le cadeau d'une vie"
...loosely translated: "Give yourself the Gift of Life"
It kinda stuck with me, and helped me push through a very difficult chapter, helping me realize what I did want out of life. I'm in a better place now, and feel I need to dot a few i's were the blog is concerned.
I'm writing this, sitting at my kitchen table, directly from the woodlot.... I still have a lot of work to do inside and out, but I've been living in my brand spanking new home for about a week now.
Living on My Land... No Words <3
Thank you guys for the comments and emails you sent me, since I went AWOL a little while back. It's nice to be missed. I miss you guys too... I've just been a little "preoccupied" and now you know why ;-)
but I did get to wade in inches of water a couple weeks ago.
Straight off my bed as my feet hit the floor !!!
Consider mild temperatures last November, quick snow melt and excessive rain, along with living in a "renovated" basement apartment of a half century old building, all of which adds up to a recipe for disaster. A perfect storm of epic proportions, uh... not so much... more like, at a minor scale, thank God... but none the less, left me running around in my underwear, frantically trying to gain control of the situation.
I give justified praise to my spin mop, for obvious reasons, and the not so subtle hills and valleys of the original floor, hiding under the new "pretend slate" vinyl. Despite the fact that everything is on one level, the kitchen and a few room corners remained dry, will the rest of the apartment was drenched in melted snirt, a couple inches deep in most of the bedrooms, living room, and bathroom. I had started packing for the move, and my daughter's room still had boxes on the floor, that hadn't made it out to her new life yet. Cardboard does love water... damn it! But I could breathe a sigh of relief as I noticed that the high spots on the floor saved a few items from soaking in the lovely moat, that appeared in my home overnight.
I was able to save most it, and didn't forget to count my blessings... like the fact that I have a non-leaking roof over my head, and a septic system that is not backing up every couple years. Been there, done that.... Moving on.
Speaking of snirt... here's a pic I took a few weeks ago at the mall parking lot.
Canadian Snirt Mountain ~ Ain't it lovely !!
I'm happy to say, the apartment is still dry, and most of the snirt is gone bye now. I actually see a few strands of green, way way over there, across the apartment parking lot. About time!
I know, I know... A lot of you have leaves in your trees :/
Bad News: A setback has put a damper on my plans....
It seems the builder I was scheduled to work with decided to temporarily drop a few smaller clients to take on a bigger contract. That means that instead of having my house ready for delivery by October, they want to deliver in December.
I live in Canada !! That's not feasible !!!
So reluctantly, I will reschedule my project for the spring.
I did get quotes from other builders, hoping to still pull off my plans, but of course, they were more expensive. Honestly, I'm kinda glad they were, because I still prefer the work of my original builder.
I have to look a it in a good light. More time to tweak my plans, which I like. And a few extra weeks to work on felling the rest of the trees that need to go before excavation (Part Deux) can begin. Between meetings, playing phone tag to reschedule my trades, and work, I've been pretty busy.
The extra 5 to 6 months of apartment bills kinda suck. Not what I expected. Such is life at times. I will have to work my butt off to compensate though. Fun times, I like to think that I still have things under control ;-)
Just a few more days to go, then I head back home. The clock is ticking, and I'm anxious, in a good way, to start building. I'll probably be scarce for a little while, but I will check in and post extra stuff too when I get an itch for it... ;-)