the best laid plans
is why I generally do not make them. Rather, I just sort of
go with the flow. That being said, let me just vent a little
about the new house that Herman is building. Certainly I have
given my opinion every step of the way, carefully reminding
myself at the same time that things can and will go wrong.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine all the problems
inherent in building. Just like I never used to know about
drilling a well for water, because in the "olden days,"
before I ever lived in the country, all I knew and wanted
to know was that when you turned on a faucet, water magically
appeared. I couldnt have cared whatever about the origin
of the source. In my mind I could never have thought that
I would know so much about drilling a well. Nor did I think
that I would know, and have as a dear friend, someone who
owns a drilling company (hi Smitty from Adirondack Drilling).
So now we all know that Kathryn has learned about country
living. But what I have learned, and continue to learn daily
is to try and stay patient when building a house. Both Herman
and I had great expectations to be living in this house by
Thanksgiving of this year. Then reality set in. Stuff like
sheet rock, flooring, and even way before this something called
framing up a house. Lets just add to this mix plumbing,
electric, picking out basic daily use things like toilets
and sinks! And let me not forget having to choose faucets
for everything that water comes out of. How many of you have
wondered how many gallons it takes to flush your toilets?
I know! Who even wants to know such things? Believe me when
I tell you I know exactly how much water is needed to get
a powerful flush. This conversation happened in a hardware
store while I was seriously trying not to burst out laughing.
pretty much had to excuse myself from the conversation when
the question came up as to how many people the toilet and
the septic would be expected to support. Im simply not
mature enough to configure the answer to the question, because
in my mind, Im thinking, like what time of year we might
have more visitors (obviously in the summer), who might have
an upset stomach and when that might occur, the list of variables
is endless in my mind. After Herman and the toilet/septic
person were done speaking, he found me hysterically laughing
in the car. I actually had tears of laughter in my eyes when
I asked him, "what if we have spicy Mexican food one
evening and have several friends joining us?" Herman
just looked at me smiling and shook his head. It had been
a long day of building.
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"