Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Last Move?

by Leann


I am now writing a THIRD book in the rent house, not something I ever thought would happen. If I believed I would ever get used to this rental house, I was so wrong. If anything, I have become more and more uncomfortable here. I feel ... homeless. But that will soon end--perhaps even in the year 2014.

The county inspector did his thing on the new house and though we had a little Sheetrock to add under the basement stairs (which has already been finished since he came), he told us we could start moving boxes into the house. Did that mean the cursed driveway was finished? NO. Of course not. They've only cancelled our work about a dozen times to do other jobs.

But the box thing has started all over again. Moving is not fun. I have never heard one person ever say--I can't wait to pack, haul, drive, unpack, lift and oh, my favorite--argue. Apparently I need lots of supervising when it comes to what I want to save and what I want to throw away. But, at this point in my life, this will probably be the last time we move. Most times, I can look back and say, "Wow, I had no idea that was the last patient I would ever treat, or that was the last time I spoke to my mom or my dad before they passed." This time, I can predict rather than look back. I won't be doing this again.

There are two bedrooms in this rental that have been packed to the ceiling with boxes and other stuff we haven't looked at for a long time. For me, it was a little awful to see things hidden away that I should be using. The good news is, we have been moving boxes this past week and again I am getting the third degree on why I am saving certain items.

I kept my mouth shut until two printers and an ancient computer tower came out of one bedroom. What? I packed those dinosaurs to go to the electronic recycling center in Houston two and a half years ago. But somehow they ended up here. I wonder how that happened. Oh ... I live with a potential hoarder who cannot bear to part with retro electronic technology (yes, that's what it's called) like old printers and hard drives.
That's how it somehow ended up here in South Carolina! If not for me, he would be buried in a sea of junk mail, paper, tools, ancient furniture, ugly bedding and curtains ... oh, he'd be lost. They'd need more than a bobcat to dig him out. Those things have now been disposed of as of yesterday... I hope.

This very moment the general contractor aka my husband (who REALLY has done a great job wading into unfamiliar water building this house) is over at the property while I write this. He was told they were pouring cement today. I have shed too many tears of disappointment in the last several months when they cancelled our job over and over and over, but it is happening. But don't for a minute believe a person who writes murder mysteries for a living isn't thinking about revenge for a certain subcontractor. Fictional revenge, of course, but it will feel so good. Trust me, there will be concrete involved the 2015 Cats in Trouble mystery!

And update--here it is. (Who would have thought two years ago I would be so excited to see THIS!)

45 comments:

Jane Carraway said...

A driveway! You have a driveway!! How wonderful! I'm glad these hot sunny SC days have been good for something - LOL.

Jane @ JaneReads

Historical Reminiscing with Marilyn said...

I have two Friends in similar situations. One is building a house and her contractor has not finished the details like air conditioning and has put them back three months. The other is rewiring her home and doing new work on the bathroom and he never shows half the time. I heartily sympathize with you. On the plus side though you can murder them with impunity.. they cannot. lol..

Melanie Backus said...

We are building a house right now and so far, it has been nothing but difficult. I have said on more than one occasion that I would never build another house and I firmly stand by my word!

Malka E said...

woooo hooo! real, actual, cement!

Malka E said...

love the view at the end of the drive also!

mary kennedy said...

Leann, I don't know how you've managed to put up with all this--you are amazing! I am so glad that your dream house is finally in sight and all the boxes, packing and aggravation will be behind you. Yay!!!!

Aurian said...

Yeah, I am so happy that the end is in sight for you! And yes, kill of the contracter and hide his body in the cement ...

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your new driveway! I know moving in seems like a dream, but very soon it will be real. Good for you on the decluttering!

Kay Finch said...

Beautiful concrete - makes me want to cry for you!

Anonymous said...

So happy you have your driveway at last and you can start moving in.

Becky Prazak

NoraA said...

I'm still trying to talk my son's in laws into fixing the driveway on their upstate NY house. Only the first 30 feet are paved. That the part they share with the town's library.

I hope your long wait is soon over and you can move into your new house.

Duffy Brown said...

The end is near. Good luck

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Jane. Even though we had rain that I thought would ruin everything, we fit in enough sun to dry out.

Leann Sweeney said...

I know that we are having a boom in new construction but we have also been set back 3 months by ONE contractor. I learned from an old HGTV Holmes on Homes show that over-extended contractors ask you for a "draw" of what you owe them and then use it to buy supplies and pay workers for new jobs. That is NOT right.

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, Melanie, I am so sorry. You are not alone! We would never, ever do this again. The stress has eaten us both up. I hope things go more smoothly for you looking ahead.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks, Malka. Who knew cement could be so exciting! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes, it is so beautiful over there. I crave that peace and quiet. This is a very loud neighborhood where we are right now.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. I know others have gone through this, but until you're in the middle with no end in sight, it's hard to understand. It's supposed to teach me something, I suppose, but the lessons have been difficult.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Aurian. Something will happen, that's for sure! LOL.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nancy. The decluttering--which I thought was so difficult in Texas--seems SO EASY now after dealing with all the issues of building a house!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Kay. Who knew it could be so beautiful? (And it's not really, but it's what it offers--light at the end of a very long tunnel.)

Carol B said...

Good for you! It's getting closer all the time!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Becky. We have moved some things over already but I am waiting for that certificate of occupancy! I want that piece of paper so bad!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nora. We had the first part paved for several weeks--the hard part that leads out of the garage. But then they just didn't show for days on end. I hope he's not waiting on a contractor, too. It seems to be epidemic!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Duffy. The picture of the driveway does show the light at the end of the tunnel, doesn't it? :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Carol. Still not there ... but almost!

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank goodness the end is in sight, Leann. It's been excruitating to hear about all these delays. I could almost feel them. I decided years ago that I would never be able to have a house buit from the ground up and retain my sanity. I've watched too many friends endure unbelivable problems. You and they are saints. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Maggie. Not a saint and one day I will know exactly why it had to happen this way. Everything happens for a reason!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

The driveway looks beautiful. I hope by the time you write next week, you will be almost all moved in and having the fun of placing furniture and decorating your new home . The end is near.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Diane. We have a few more details left but it's a relief to have this part done after so many delays.

Rita Crabb said...

So happy and excited for you. Btw, I met Diana Gabaldon recently at a Phoenix book signing. I think you should come and and do one too and stay with me! ��

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Rita. If I have the energy to go anywhere after we are FINALLY moved again, it will be a miracle. But of course I would always love to stay with you! :-)

Annette N said...

Leann, I am so glad that you are going to be in your new home. Where I am sure you will be blessed with serenity and love and joy. Your views will bring beauty into every room. Once things are arranged in just the right order, you will be at peace. And who knew Cement could be so cute.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Annette! I have already changed a few ideas about furniture placement just because I see things differently now.

ceblain said...

Having retired 7 years ago and moving (for the final time I do hope) into a newly constructed townhome, I can relate. Thank Goodness we still had a home to live in while this townhouse was being built as there were many delays and interruptions. Always something new to contend with even this many years later due to a builder who cut corners or just wanted to get it done and get onto the next development. If you can purge all extra items before you move in you will be very happy that you did that. We got rid of a house full of items, and gave away all of the furniture as we wanted new and smaller things for this smaller space. It gave us renewed strength to have things that we rarely used but thought we had to keep all gone to a new home. (donated). We still find things we don't need or use often and it goes to charity right away. I have come to realize that no one else is going to care about our things (my things mostly) when I am gone at least the way I feel about them, so why put our children through that, just get rid of all of it when we moved. It has been a blessing. I still "hoard" books so am not clutter free, but everyone who loves to read and loves to have books around them knows how comforting that is. No matter how much you plan while building a house, you find something that you wish you had added once you move in. That is true of almost everyone I think as you just don't know until you live in a house where things should be and what would have been more helpful. But in the long run, a new house is a new start and makes you feel all renewed at least to me it did. The longer the wait the more you will definitely appreciate your new home. It will all work out eventually and I wish you much happiness at the new location.

Sincerely,
Cynthia

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Cynthia. I know exactly what you mean. When we left Texas--where we'd been for almost 40 years, I gave away so many things to Goodwill and the recycling center. It took a long time to go through all the many things we'd saved and like you, I knew that I did not want to leave that job for my kids after we are gone. I am so looking forward to that "renewal" you spoke about. It will be good for both my husband and me!

Lynda Turpin said...

Oh Leann, I am so happy you are finally to the point where you feel the move will actually happen. Sometimes it's hard to understand the trials we have to endure, but there usually is a reason. Maybe it will help you to appreciate the new home and the peace it offers even more because of all you had to endure to get there. Whatever the reason, I wish you happiness in your new home, and may the peace it offers help to give you renewed physical and emotional strength.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lynda. I am sure I will appreciate this home probably more than any other. Home is a very special thing and I have missed it. :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

This has been very suspenseful, Leann! What what a fairy tale ending after you move in. Who knows why were are packrats too - I loved that. We seem to have broken stuff that we will fix 'some day'. As if!

XOXO

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ! I am looking forward to the fairy tale ending--where I get my real bed back. Oh how my aching muscles miss my bed! Soon .... very soon.

Nerissa said...

I`M excited for you, Leann. I can only imagine how excited you must be.

Purrs,
Nissy

Leann Sweeney said...

thanks Nissy! I am excited!

dollycas aka Lori said...

What a fabulous post. I had my sister and mother-in-law making decisions when we moved last year. I packed my office, my bathroom and bedroom and they were loose with my husband in the rest of the house. The kids did their stuff but not much in the main areas. Plus we were on a serious time crunch. I still have not found me huge mixer and its attachments and several other items. We found a box of bathroom stuff in the garage last weekend, we had replaced almost everything and had a good laugh at how deeply buried it was in the garage clearly marked bathroom on all 4 sides.

The sad thing was we ran out of time and things were left in the house and on the property when the sheriff came to make sure we were out. The biggest thing was the portable basketball hoop we had purchased just a year earlier. We were trying to figure out how to move it without taking it apart, it didn't fit in the truck or trailer. We had decided to move it to the neighbors until we could figure something out but the sheriff arrived and would not let us move it because we were to be out by 9 a.m. and whatever wasn't moved we have to leave when he showed up, It was so frustrating. 3 weeks was just not enough time to pack up a house we had lived in for 10 years. It took us 2 weeks just to find a place to go. I am getting comfortable in our rental but still have the fear of my home being taken away again. All I wish for is a house that is mine that has a walk-in bathtub and room for my grandkids to visit and have family gatherings. Someday...I just keep praying about it :) I think if I wrote a murder mystery a banker and a sheriff would mysteriously disappear or be the victims, lol.

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, Lori! How hard is that? It is so hard to pack if you've lived as long as we have! I have a walk-in shower and handrails on my tub now. We also have a space for an elevator in the future if I need it. I AM NEVER LEAVING THIS NEW HOUSE once we get in!! LOL. I think a banker and a sheriff could be included in the victim category of a future book. :-)

Grandma Cootie said...

I SO sympathize with you. I am thinking of becoming a murder mystery writer just so I can get some fictional revenge on our general contractor. "All" we are doing is a new back yard - covered patio, fish pond, man cave kind of area, and storage shed. Not building the Taj Mahal. The first few small delays weren't too upsetting, but then we learned that no one had actually taken our design and added in allowances required by the city, so what we wanted wouldn't fit and we had to do a complete redesign. And of course by that time we were competing for subcontractor time and their other jobs. And discovered that the company doing the wood work had a "small" licensing issue. At which point my husband (recovering from 2nd hip surgery) became much more involved than we had (stupidly?) thought would be necessary in running the project. We've also been dealing with other minor things like my retirement and travel to other states to help with family illness and planning interior renovations (which I am terrified to ever start now). Things are more or less moving along now but it's day-by-day and not pleasant even on the best day. We were supposed to be sipping cool drinks and watching the Koi float by over a month ago. What really amazed me was when the general contractor said "I can't give you the revised schedule right now because I am working hard on getting the workers out, and if I did the schedule it would have to be redone every time there was a change." Well, duh. Ever heard of a scheduling program? And HE was offended because we said he wasn't following our design. The bills sure come in on time, though, don't they?

I know how happy you were to see that driveway. I was just as happy to see a cement slab on the side of my house. :-)