Hey, Mandi, How Are You?
Quick update for those following the saga of my migraines. I got some new medications; one is preventative and one is a rescue medication for the breakthrough migraines. The rescue med was tried Monday July 9th, and went into the “Do Not Use EVER AGAIN!” pile on Wednesday (July 11th) morning. It knocked me out through Tuesday.
Lee came to check on me because no one had heard from me. Imagine my surprise when he said, “It’s Tuesday.” and I said, “What? It’s not Monday?” I think it worked as far as knocking out the migraine, but it knocked my conscious mind out for two days too. Had some interesting dreams. One highlight was trying to fix a door at the ranch with Sue Ann. Harvey and Brody (dogs, not her kids) chewed up a heavy metal door (Yeah, I don’t think they really could, but in dreams, anything goes) and Sue Ann and I were trying to fix it with wood putty before Lee got back from vacation. Why he went without Sue Ann, I don’t know, but that was the situation. Anyway, I am just tired this week, but doing pretty well. I just wish I knew if we managed to repair that door in time.
What about the House?
While I was knocked out, Chris and Garry (we have been misspelling his name all this time. I’m so sorry!) were hard at work on the Rattlesnake House. It has been textured and primed! She looks like a real house again, doesn’t she?! We are still very happy with the progress.
I have been jotting down lessons learned on this project, and will present them when she is finished. The main theme is “Wow Mandi! You really didn’t know anything when you started!” and also at most turns, “Okay Mandi. What have we learned?” and my response, “To just call Lee, or Sue Ann, or Chris, and ask them what they think first.”
Lee said this would be the best project for me to start with from the beginning. I don’t think he realized just how right he was to start with. Most everything I thought has had to be rethought and redone.
Proud of the Team
I can tell you this, with confidence: I know the theory of what it takes to build a house. Could I take some tools and lumber and do it myself? Well, maybe if the wifi holds up for YouTube, and you don’t need it for a few years. I could tell you what you need to do it. Then I would probably say, “But you know, you’d be better off calling Champs Handyman Services.”
Chris and Garry came in for a “repair and remodel” job and ended up staying for pretty much a whole rebuild, only missing out on foundation and roof work. One thing about it, now we ALL know that those guys can build a house. I don’t know if they really want that advertised or not, but there it is.
The pictures speak for where we are. We have an estimation of around the time for school starting on being finished. As long as there are no more surprises that pop up, it will be this school year.
It has been really hard for Chris to make a timeline, since he would plan to work on A, B, and C, then show up to find that first, he had to fix 1, 2, and 3. Sue Ann says it took about 9 months to build their house. Chris and Garry are going on about 4 – 5 months to completion. They are pretty well on track for what it would have been to have a house built. If they had to do the foundation work, add another couple of months.
My Lessons Learned So Far
I think the biggest lesson I have learned is that most houses don’t fall into disrepair overnight, but people can tear up a house pretty quickly if they don’t care about it. Then when someone comes along that does care about it, the rebuilding (healing the sad house) part of it can take a long time.
If you have a house that needs a repair, just have it done. Don’t put it off or just rig something that will work for “a while.” If it becomes a $1,000 repair bill, I can prove to you on paper that that $1,000 could go fives times over if you just let it get worse.
Besides your family, your house will probably be the most solid and important investment that you make with your time and money. Take care of it, and treat it as if it is your child. If you do, I promise that house will grow old with you, and will carry on after you. The Rattlesnake House will outlive us all and be a legacy of love for an old house, a nostalgic reminder of days gone by, a testimony to hard work and perseverance, and a strong statement to my future generations that failure is not a real thing, and nothing is ever so wrong or broken that it can’t be fixed.