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    Sometimes the best laid plans…

    Which 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 couldn’t 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).

    Ok. 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. Let’s 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.

    I 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. I’m simply not mature enough to configure the answer to the question, because in my mind, I’m 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.

    "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"