Monday, June 29, 2009

Coming soon...

It's official, got the phone call this morning, DSL is hooked up and waiting for me to come up there. Modem was delivered today (although I still don't know why I needed a new one). I hope it's just as easy as plugging in the Mac and the modem. We'll see!

Still haven't heard for sure if they'll break ground right after the 4th, but I am counting on it. Here's the architect's rendering of the front. I colored it in and added the dogs.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Groundbreaking soon?

Apparently excessive rain is holding up the builder and excavator on other jobs. Both seem certain they will be able to start sometime the week after the 4th of July. Since we have no construction loan schedule to hold them to, a few days here or there aren't going to make any difference. Just me, I am impatient and want to see them put a shovel in the ground. If they don't get started soon, the weeds will be so high they won't be able to find the stakes.

We are going up next week and holding our breath until they start. The red inset in the photo is our 2 lots. The green is the surrounding area showing the creek where it meets the lake.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Today I found out that I might actually have a DSL hook-up from Verizon starting on June 29. I have only been trying since November! Verizon beats me up at every turn...but I'm fighting back, and winning. Just tell me why I have to send back the modem that I have had for the last month, so that they can write me up a new order and send me a new modem, the same one, in 3 to 5 business days if I am lucky?

Last night I finished my driveway layout and site plan for the house and garage. The husband approves, the architect approves, now I just have to get the builder and his excavator to agree that this is better than what is already staked out on the site. (Sophie, in the photo, gives her paws-up on the old layout.)

And I have a "Dwelling Fire Application" to fill out in order to get some insurance on the new house and The Dump. Since we went with a home equity loan instead of the ridiculously complicated and expensive construction loan, I figured it might benefit us to insure the house while it was being built. As for insuring The Dump...who would've thought anybody wanted to insure that? They insisted!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Never tried this before

Blogging to document the building of Lester's Flat, a new house that Lester will share with us in Otsego County, NY, USA.

Lester says "See that dump behind me? We're not done here until the Dump comes down..."

Let the building begin!