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    No Construction In My Future

    I’m sure I haven’t mentioned the fact that Herman is building a new house. And that I am going to be living in it as well. The bottom line is this: I am definitely going to lose ten pounds during the course of this construction. I am so sure of this, that I have re-named the construction, "The Ten Pounder." Let me give you some idea of what I’ve been going through.

    First, getting blue prints drawn up and the excitement involved therein. This is going back about a year and a half. Now, planning all the doors to be wide enough for me to get through with my wheelchair, and this is something that I don’t normally think about unless it’s in this house where I tend to scrape my knuckles going through the bathroom door here. What’s important to remember with this house, is that it was built in 1935, where handicapped issues were not even thought of. Especially with this house in particular, since it was originally built as a summer camp only. And much later, after the initial construction of this house, a larger kitchen and probably the bathroom were added on. Have I mentioned to you before that this bathroom used to just be a commode and sink, and the commode was not properly bolted down? So the first time I actually sat down to use the commode, (I was still walking then) the commode rocked and rolled to the left and right! It was a true test of my balance at the time.

    Herman and I first renovated this house as best we could to be handicapped accessible, which was a real challenge given its original construction date. As we look forward to a brand new construction with all the handicapping ideas planned well in advance, it is exciting to say the least.

    Next, we chose windows to allow the maximum amount of light. We found out last week that this created a series of unusual problems. See, we’re going to have a second floor, for which I was lucky enough to find a stair-lift at a garage sale. This particular machine rides along the side of the stairwell with a seat for me mounted on a track that moves up the stairs. Now, you know how I hate garage sales. The thing is, a neighbor called me and told me about an estate sale in Johnstown (now doesn’t that sound better than a garage sale?) that had this stair-lift for sale. She also knew that I was looking for a new one that cost nearly ten times as much as this one. Thanks, Carol Vail! I really appreciate you’re looking out for me. I bought this item as it was still set up in the house and I was able to try it out.

    Now, as for the windows in this new construction, Herman and the builders caught what would have been a huge mistake this past week. Thankfully, we were able to catch it in time. The thing is, from the upstairs balcony overlooking the open space of the cathedral ceiling living room, all one could see was the driveway! This was not the desired effect we had in mind as the front of the house faced west and we anticipated watching many a sunset through the panoramic view of the windows. A few quick drawings and a new window ordered in the eleventh hour fixed this problem.

    Oh, yeah, this will be a ten pounder…at least.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"