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Deadlines ... 
22nd-May-2008 07:11 pm
... can be good things.

Who knew?

Of course, a good deadline requires at minimum two characteristics:
  1. It must be realistic
  2. Failure must not really matter
Our moving deadline appears to fit the bill.

Erik is leaving on June 9 for his annual fishing trip.  Nothing gets between Erik and his fishing trip.  I think it's the only real relaxation he gets all year.  So, everything is either finished before he goes, or it doesn't happen until after he returns.  We are so close to finished, now, that Erik would really like to close the contract before he leaves.

This isn't impossible, and it may not even be difficult.  For one thing, he has a draw ready, and it brings us up to the brink of the construction loan amount.  So, we stop once the money is gone, regardless.  Secondly, most of what is left really can't be done right now, anyway.  Things like the final grading, finishing off the driveway ... all of that can't really happen until the ground dries out a bit, which means not until July at the earliest.

The C of A (which is the county's agreement that the mechanicals are all done to code) is already done; the last inspection was last week.  The C of O (which is the zoning board's agreement that we built what was approved, and we can now actually live there) was applied for on Monday.  Once Erik gets that, he can attach it to his final draw, and the bank and I roll the loan over into the mortgage at whatever rate is the current rate at that time.

So, if all goes well, we'll start moving on Jun 9, or a little before.  When we finish, of course, is still undefined.

If all does not go well?  *shrug*  We wait until Erik gets back.  But, we'll be able to start packing and moving boxes into the house, in any case.

I'm getting excited.
23rd-May-2008 12:35 am (UTC)
I hope all goes well, and you get to move in sooner rather than later. But it sounds as moving later has its advantages, too.
25th-May-2008 03:39 pm (UTC) - all the best
Hi Carol,
I hope the final details will be ironed out and that you can get going before the fishing trip - on moving in that is. Once in, you will be amazed at the monthly changes to the landscape around the house. Right now, I imagine it looks a bit like a gravel pit. The fun is in changing that. I have a picture handy of our gravel pit environment in the fall of 2005. It blows visitors away that much can be achieved in 3 years. Sometimes I wonder if I have chewed off too much. I have a huge job watering by hand. However, that is not a bad job but a good time to look at each plant. I mulch heavily which keeps water demands down. I have been thinking that what I know about gardening is highly specific to the west coast which has warm and very dry summers. I used to live on the Canadian Prairies which is about like North Dakota only colder. All I can tell you about that is that most of what I planted eventually succumbed to something or other - usually the cold. It takes a lot more expertise to be a good gardener there than on the west coast. I made a new friend here and she is the one who taught me how to garden. That is where the rule "Never plant anything that is invasive in your garden". Too bad I did not meet her soon enough to have her tell me clover falls into that category on the coast..... but not elsewhere perhaps?
Time to water and enjoy a beautiful day.
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