Grump Central Archive: Week of 15 July 2018

Saturday, 21 July. T-minus five days. Instead of being happy or relieved, I'm actually terrified. What if I won't get enough to finish my house? Kind of silly to worry about it so far in advance, but that's the way my tortured brain works.


Friday, 20 July. T-minus six days. The first thing I did was call my excavator to inform him we may soon be getting back to work, and one of the first orders of business will be installing permanent electric service. Meanwhile, one of the curses of a common name is having to certify that none of the 212 David Smiths that turned up in a judgment search were me. You'd think they'd at least filter by social security number, but nooo...


Thursday, 19 July. Well, I don't want to jinx things by making a public announcement, but it's entirely too difficult to keep it bottled up. Closing is scheduled for one week from today—that's 26 July. Naturally it may be postponed, and I'm taking bets on whether or not it is, but under the circumstances I doubt it would be delayed much longer. There's also no word yet on their progress meeting my prerequisites on closing, so there's a lot of crap yet to be ironed out. Nevertheless, I've got a big red circle on my calendar right under today's date. Breathe... breathe...


Wednesday, 18 July. I thought it might be fun to start Wayback Wednesdays, a then-and-now series. The upper image above happens to be the very first photo I took of the property, on 4 September 2013, at around 9 AM. Beneath it is a shot taken just a week ago. It's the point at which the driveway reaches the parking area in front of the house.


Tuesday, 17 July. I made my commitment to return to work on the house the day before another heat wave. Problem is, ever since I contracted Lyme, I've become super-sensitive to heat. Thankfully this wave is supposed to be short, so maybe by Thursday I won't have an excuse to stay indoors all day.


Monday, 16 July. Regardless of the closing outcome, I'm committing myself to returning to work on the house, if only to try and get myself back into shape. Right now I'm embarrassed that anyone sees me in my current physical condition.


Sunday, 15 July. I've had to face an unfortunate fact: I've gotten fat! A sedentary lifestyle, exacerbated by depression, has resulted in the biggest weight gain of my life. Two years ago I was trim and fit, with the closest thing to a six-pack as I've ever had, thanks to a full-time job working on my house. Time to do something about this...

By the way, I've totally revamped my David Builds a Home website. Just so you know...

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