Sunday, June 2, 2013

I Need a Hardhat!

by Leann

It's been tough getting concrete poured during a rainy South Carolina spring. But even Mother Nature gives us a little break and time enough to get the "footers" poured on our lot. I didn't know what footers were until now! But those white tracks of concrete in this picture to the right are the outline of our soon to be house! After they dug the basement hole they had to come back 3 times and fix the dirt that had slid down the sides. (Frustrating? Um, YES!)

With the footers in place we can move on to the cement block foundation. Looks like a lot of blocks to me!

Each block has a hole in the center and after it is put in place, rebar is added for reinforcement and then the hole is filled with more concrete. Makes for a sturdy foundation!

What I was delighted to see was the path of the driveway, the woods that
will surround us and most of all the beautiful view we will have once the house is finished. What I was not delighted by this weekend was the weather forecast. More rain coming. But compared to the tragedy in Oklahoma and the Midwest, we are fortunate indeed.



What do you think of our property? Nice, huh?






17 comments:

Aurian said...

I sure hope everything goes according to plan Leann, and I wish you many happy years in the new place. The view certainly is gorgeous and must give you lots of inspiration for your books.

Dru said...

Love your view.

Anonymous said...

Leann, since I grew up very close to there, the sight of that red clay dirt actually makes me hungry for catfish! LOL..somehow, catfish doesn't taste 'right' out of any water that doesn't have that Upstate red clay under it! LOL

I think your house is going to be a gorgeous place and I hope you have many many wonderful years writing your stories from the best spot in the world! :D--Laine

Linda in MA said...

Beautiful view! I hope the weather cooperates and your house is finished with no further delays.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Aurian! It does!

Leann Sweeney said...

It is beautiful!

Leann Sweeney said...

That red clay sure gets all over everything! My husband loves the catfish he catches here and he never liked catfish before. I am allergic to fish or I'd be trying it myself!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks! It looks pretty gray this morning. But one thing we know we cannot control, it's the weather. Patience is a must in this house building adventure!

Anonymous said...

Yes, there is nothing like it..I've tried catfish from different places, and even a few with red clay, but there is just something DIFFERENT about THAT red clay...maybe just because it was 'home' for most of my life, I don't know. Living at the beach in NC sure makes me hungry for 'home' catfish sometimes.

My husband doesn't like fish at all, so I don't get it too often anyway. I keep telling him one day he's going to come in and find nothing BUT Upstate Catfish in the freezer! LOL

Maggie Sefton said...

It's a beautiful view, Leann. Maybe I'll be able to drop by sometime in the future, traveling through the Carolinas. :) I love good catfish.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Maggie. Who knows when this thing will be finished but you'll have to come for catfish--that they catch right off the dock!

ANNETTE said...

It is breathtaking and beautiful and serene. That is what life should hold for you.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Annette. When we drive over there, the closer I get, the more I feel myself relax.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your "cat" series. haven't tried "The Yellow Rose" series yet -- but I sure look forward to reading them !
I do enjoy your characters and of course, the cats. Find it difficult to quit reading one of your books and go to sleep.
If you are ever in the Oregon Coast, please look us up. www.ivankelly.com Sharon Kelly

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Sharon. Love the Oregon coast!

Nancy Watkins said...

The last photo, with the view of the lake, mirrors your property in Mercy, Texas. Now, when you write about your view of the lake in Mercy, you can actually be looking at the same view as you write. I'll always think that when I read future books.

Happy Trails!
Nancy

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nancy. We've had the property since about 2003, so it was always in the back of my mind while I wrote about Jillian's present and my future! Now the future is becoming reality! (And we are all framed up and the roof is going on today!)