I’ve got a bit of a love hate relationship going on at the moment…. One minute I can think of a million things I love about this house, the next it is driving me nuts.
It’s all compounded by the fact that we are supposed to have begun renovations by now, but we haven’t. It seems there is some little glitch or other holding us up yet again – this time we are waiting on a plumber’s inspection and council forms so we can apply for our building permit.
Part of me is furious about this hold up. It’s such a stupid, waste of time thing.
Council needs us to apply for a variance for our sewage system (because we are not on mains water we also process our own waste with a clear water sewage system) to make sure it can ‘cope’ with the extra bathroom we are putting in. This is so stupid – it’s not like having another toilet is going to make us pee more than we already pee. If they were really concerned they should have asked us to apply for this variance when we added another child not another bathroom….
To add insult to injury there is a missing plumbing certificate that seems to have never been issued way back when the original owners moved the house and installed the sewage. Without which they shouldn’t have gotten an occupancy certificate, but they did and now, almost ten years later, it is our problem to chase the original plumber etc etc. blah, blah, blah…
Still, ranting and raving about it won’t change things. This is part of the joys of building and renovation. It is what it is and it won’t happen any faster because I am cranky about it.
So I’m going with my theme for 2010 – Making the Best of Things.
Most days I’m not really bothered by the delay at all.
I do love this house, I love so many things about this house. Sure there are things about this house that drive me nuts. The fact that our ‘laundry’ covers over half our back door is one thing, and you know, the whole smallness thing, but really, when I think about it, there is way more about this house to love, than there is to hate.
Plus the change in timing is probably a good thing. Now that we are settled with where everyone will sleep I’m actually kind of glad that we won’t be without a kitchen, heating and the back wall and roof of our house when this baby is born. Doing the all that major work over spring/summer instead of the middle of winter really is a better idea.
Still some days I am frustrated…. I have such dreams for our little house, and it’s going to be so wonderful when it is all done, and we all have a little more room to move. So I’m not giving up. I’m still dreaming, and planning and affirming to the world about how wonderful our house will be when the renovations are done, and they will be done… but in the mean time, I am making this work and trying to remember and enjoy all the things I love about this old place.