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The Devil’s in the Details

I think it’s important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy. Paula Cole

Windows added to new 'basement'

Windows added to new ‘basement’

MORNING PLEASURE: It may be just a little thing, but the addition of the windows in our new ‘basement’ was an unexpected pleasure this morning. Why? Because they are the start of making this side of our house look finished. Yes, they still need to be framed out and yes the trim board will need to be adjusted and the water leader lowered to the ground.  And I guess I can’t ignore the giant excavator still parked in my front yard. I said it was a little thing.

Whoa - still lots to do here

Still lots to do here

Inside our ‘basement’ (technically called our ‘lowest lying floor’ as it’s above grade now) things are less rosy.  I’m actively turning a blind eye to the dirt floor, to the hanging ducts and to the 2 X 4 holding up my house at the moment (the vertical steel beams are not yet set). All I see is that the old gas meter has been removed and way back in the left corner the sewer pipe has been reconnected. Whoa, slow down!

Where some see a giant to-do list, I see what’s been done and how far we’ve come, bit-by-bit. Today it was windows.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life:

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost

In the days after a flood event, it can be very overwhelming. Take a deep breath and a shot of courage, then put your big boy/girl pants on, chuck aside the useless self-pity and get to work. Be patient, work diligently, help your neighbors and look for the rainbow.

PERKS TO FLOODING: For me, after every flood event we’ve lived through, there were always a few unexpected perks. My basement was finally cleaned out of all the junk I had been collecting. The floors that had been nicked up from my boys crashing matchbox cars across them were replaced with new ones. The neighborhood came together in a shared moment of adversity to work together and help one another. You get the picture.

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