I actually cooked dinner last night. It has been a rough few weeks in Lottabusha County, especially on the Taylor hillside. We had the first major delay in the construction that has consumed our lives since last summer, with a delay now of well over 6 weeks. I am not complaining [much] as up until now, other than the construction crew for the studio being sent elsewhere for 2 weeks with only 3 days of work left to complete here was the only trying, annoying, irritating, infuriating experience we have had with this endeavor. Based on all the doom stories about construction in the last 2 years, I count that as a blessing. Besides all that, it does not matter how I interpret it [blessing or curse] it is still the same outcome and out of my control, right?
Things finally began to look up last week when we were able to secure a person to install the heat/AC units (2 of them in a split unit) to the inside of the studio. After initial company no showed/no called twice and there was no response to our messages, we moved on to plan B. This is where knowing someone who knows someone is helpful. He will be here today at noon to install the two units, after coming out right after the phone call from R saying “X recommended you” and explained our need. He had to order some connections and wait for them to arrive, which they did yesterday.
The remainder of the work needing doing is the actual hook-up from the water line at the cottage to the kitchen and bathroom and installation of the water treatment system. That is finally scheduled for next week as well, after a series of issues interfering. I am hopeful, because without hope, might as well put your feet up.
In spite of all these difficulties, son has moved over his computer equipment, and bed and been sleeping and working there when he is not continuing to work on the interior. I guess (for my RV and camping friends) it has been sort of like dry camping. He at least has electricity and a small refrigerator, but returns to the “camp lodge” for kitchen and bathroom. It has been relatively pleasant weather, so between fans, open windows for the breeze, and electric heater for the colder days/nights, he has managed. I note a marked change for the better in interpersonal interactions for the family unit.
I have used the time to continue cleaning up in the yard, the screened porch, and the items still in nooks and crannies from the kitchen renovation. Major progress on recycle, donate, disposal and actual cleaning! I have significantly improved the ability to walk through the bedroom without having to move boxes or crates, cleared access to windows, cleared access to the exercise bike, and for the past two weeks, begun renewed focus on my health and well-being. I have lost 3 pounds, feel sooooooo much better, have more energy and have slept better. Those tiny little benefits help my motivation to keep it going.
Last night was like a mini-celebration that in spite of the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that beset us all, there is much for which to be grateful, and I am. Besides that, dinner was delicious and way better than the take-out of the last week…not to mention, better for us.