Construction In My Future
sure I havent 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 Ive
been going through.
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 dont normally
think about unless its in this house where I tend to
scrape my knuckles going through the bathroom door here. Whats
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.
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.
we chose windows to allow the maximum amount of light. We
found out last week that this created a series of unusual
problems. See, were 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 doesnt 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
youre 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.
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.
this will be a ten pounder
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"