I’m thinking it’s about time I get back to blogging. With the holidays, and packing up for our move, writing has kind of fallen by the wayside. But now there’s a little bit of progress to report, so hopefully you’ll see consistent articles in the future.
(I write that as if I’m not the one in control. Hahaha. Hopefully some blogs will get written, let’s look at the page and see if something magically appears.)
We had a very nice, if low key holiday. We took our annual trip into New York City. We went to the Shake Shack for the first time, then to Rockefeller Center, to the store in the N.Y. Public Library, and then to Bryant Park. The weather was good and the four of us had a great time.
This year I decided not to take down every single Christmas decoration since we weren’t hosting Christmas and, well, because I just didn’t feel like it. Our plan over the past few months has been bringing down boxes from the attic, cleaning them out, and then packing them up for the “move” by putting them in the garage. And our attic was stuffed. So now it’s the Christmas boxes. I actually still have them in the living room, some still need to be weeded through. It’s hard getting rid of some of the old decorations. They go back a lot of years, and even if I don’t decorate with them anymore, they still bring back memories. It’s not easy letting go.
We thought our metal building would be done by now, and we were going to bring down lots of our stuff, so that when we put the house on the market (target date is this May) the house will be somewhat empty, and when the actual move happens, there won’t be that much to take. I’m not taking a lot of the furniture. It fit in this house, and I’ve had it for 20 years but we’ll get new stuff for our waterfront house. Which, you will probably remember, isn’t even built yet. We will be moving into the “Crab Shack.” Then, hopefully in the fall, after interviewing builders and finalizing our house plans, we will start to build! It’s so exciting. It’s THIS YEAR that we’ll be building our new house! I can hardly believe it! It’s been 7 years since we bought the property, and the time is almost here! Of course living in 1000 sq. ft. cabin for a year will be a bit challenging. Especially because I’ll want to bring a lot of my “stuff” into the Crab Shack with me. (Winter clothes, small kitchen appliances (and I have a lot), all the stuff from my office!) But I have a feeling most of it will be in bins in the garage. I plan to mark them well, with “things to leave in front” actually placed in the front of all the other bins. Will that actually happen? Eh, it’s a toss-up.
So, on to the metal building update: we met with Nick from Diamond State Pole Buildings in October. That’s OCTOBER, over three months ago! We thought the building would have been up before Christmas. And it was no fault of Nick’s. He sent his guy to our town hall to apply for the permit, a service they provide when you buy a building. But here’s the catch. When you are building anything on the water, there are rules and regulations and protocols you must follow before anything gets approved.
We needed to get a surveyor down to the property to map out the surrounding area, and presumably to draw in where the building would be. But, this area has parts that are in the “buffer zone.” Yes, the dreaded “buffer zone.” You are discouraged from building in the buffer zone, it would be a whole other rigmarole to get approval, and we had enough property that the building could be moved a little to make sure it was in the safe area. (Yes, maybe some of the regulations are warranted, it saves the shoreline from erosion and the Bay from pollution. We get it.)
However, we now needed another guy to come down and draw up where the buffer zone actually was, and to test the soil to make sure it could hold the weight of the building. And this is where we lost track. That person was unknown to us, it was around the holidays, and nobody but us cared about the time factor. We lost a month waiting for him to get down to the property and submit his drawings. When that finally happened (two weeks ago) we realized that we now had to add plantings (trees and shrubs) to the property in the amount of square footage of the building. You take away with one hand; you have to give back with the other. So I researched plants native to Maryland (a requirement) and drew up a map of our property placing the trees, large and small, and the shrubs, and we went down to Maryland to our town hall to submit our plan. After meeting with three different people in two different parts of town, we got verbal approval. However, the actual permit won’t be issued for two to four weeks, at which time Nick will order the building, taking another two weeks to get delivered. Seeing the pattern here? SLOW. Everything is slower than you want, and you need a lot of patience! I said to John that when we move down in May we should start applying for our building permit for the house, which we won’t need until October. And hopefully we will get it in time!