One Step Closer

Yesterday we got one step closer to having a house.   The men were here bright and early in the morning.  These pictures were all taken out of my bedroom window.  I had to get up on my bed so I could take the picture out of the top half of the window.   The bottom half of the window has a screen on it and you don’t get a good picture through the screen.  I was going to crop off the bottom but decided not to, it gives a better idea of distance this way.  I get to watch all the work without being out there and getting in the way.  My room will be on the far side so I will not be able to look into this house or any house as I will be facing the wall of the garage of the house next door.  I am going to be in the front room so I will bet a good view of the road and any activity on the street, which I will like a lot.  I like to know what is going on outside my house.  At the villa I could not see outside as the bedrooms all faced the Savanahas and the front was blocked off by the walled patio. Anyways The men were back to finish making a trench around the whole thing for the footing.  I guess that is so the whole slab doesn’t float away if a big flood hits us.


Here they are coving the pipes and smoothing it all off,  They put in more frames so we can really see now where the different rooms will be.

I get to watch everything they do right from my room and I don’t get in the way and no one knows I am watching.

There are other men there also.  They are to the right of these and they are working on the garage area.  I hope they put some of that extra dirt into the back yard where it flooded so badly earlier this spring.

You can see the back hoe coming into the picture.  They used that to dig a ditch all around the house,  then the men went around with the shovels and smoothed them all out.  It was like watching them build a sand castle.  Everyone knew just what to do.  I guess when you do the same job every day you get to know how it is done.  One guy walked around with the blue prints and put in his comments.  They were fun to watch.  

Once they got it all smoothed out they put this plastic down over the whole thing, even down into the trenches.  I have never been so close  to the action before so don’t know if that type of thing was done with the other two places we had built in the past or not.  Maybe that is done only when you are building on a slab. Both the house in New Hampshire and the one in Tennessee had full cellars so it would be quite different.   Anyways you can see there is still a lot of dirt around the house to be spread out somewhere.  It is nice rich looking loam so will make a good bed for a lawn.  Tyler will need a riding lawn mower to keep up with this yard as well as Becca.  He does this one now and it takes him most of a Sunday morning to do it so with two to do he may just refuse if he doesn’t have a nice riding mower.  Becca agrees as she sure doesn’t want to take over all her yard work.

When they finished this they then put in iron rebars all around.  Today there was someone here looking it all over and spent quite a bit of time looking and talking on his phone.  I don’t know if that was a city inspector or if it was the general contractor making sure it was ready for the cement.  I will watch this week get some more pictures when they come.  We were told it would be 90 to 120 days after the cement is poured and cured before the house will be done so if all goes well we are looking at Oct or Nov before we can move in my storage shed and we can start moving our stuff in.  Some of the furniture will come from storage that we had in the villa and some will come from here but we will still have to buy a lot as we don’t want to rob Becca of too much stuff as she and the kids will still have to have a good place to live and Patty will also need a place here to sleep nights when Becca has to get up and go to work at 3 am.  Needless to say we are all excited to see the action at last.  Have a good day and I will keep you all posted.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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