Monday, February 8, 2016

So, anyway....

Last week was a wash. Not a literal wash because I think the weather was okay, although I wouldn't know for sure since I spent most of it on the couch with the blinds closed trying to find relief from a headache that would.not.quit. I ran a fever too, which is no fun at all when you're home alone with no one to indulge your need for sympathy.  I might have called my mother.

Aren't mothers the best? Also daughters who live a hundred yards away and bring you chicken noodle soup and popsicles.

Yes. A thousand times yes.

I'm good as gold now and it's a brand new week, so how about I bring everyone up to speed here on this side of the pond?

First things first. Let's start with the hubs. He got a job. Say what??? You heard me correctly. Hubs no longer falls into the category of retired and is a working man once more. Long story short ...

(ish... you know me!)

An opportunity more or less fell into his lap, sounded really interesting, and he accepted their offer.  In that way we like to do things, the company is not actually based here in town. In fact, it's not based here in South Carolina, but pssht, details. They're headquartered in a neighboring state just a car ride away.

His first day of school was last Monday, and so far so good-ha! I mean five days on the job and all. Technically it's work not school, but I imagine it did feel a little bit like returning to the classroom after a long summer holiday. As I mentioned earlier I was in no condition to listen to the details of his first day on the job because I was busy coping with Excedrin headache #39.

Raise your hand if you don't have a clue what that's in reference to.

Secondly. No we're not moving. We're building a house, remember? I mean we will be moving once the house is built, but not to the state where the office sits. Our house is on a lake in SC and our plan is to stay put. We think.

The lake house will eventually be our primary residence, but who knows...down the road we may decide to spend time in job city and time on the lake. We're empty nesters and can do what we want. It's our mantra. Currently we're taking life one week at a time, hubs is learning the requirements of the job, and we're figuring out our personal logistics as we go along.

Logistics are definitely within our skill set so no worries there.

Thirdly. The house. The lower level is framed and please feel free to insert an obnoxious number of exclamation points here. There is honest to goodness concrete on the floors, and we're able to walk from room to room and call each one by name. Very exciting stuff!

On Saturday we took Daughter2 and her boyfriend out to the lot to check progress and it was so much fun to stand in front of my
use your imaginationsliders, and soak in the view.

We still need a few pesky things like walls, windows, electricity, and a second story plus roof, but we're getting there. It's a marathon not a sprint. Haste makes waste. Slow and steady wins the race.

Don't you hate cliches?Why don't 'fast track', make short work of'' and 'fast and furious' apply to home builds? Because it's a marathon not a sprint, that's why.

And now I think you're up to speed...

I had a bug.
Hubs is working.
House is still under construction.

Happy Monday!


  1. Ugh - oh how I hope you are feeling better now! There's nothing worse than being completely incapacitated, and not in your own "home" Not fun! But oh my - a new job? A new house? You all don't do things the easy way! Hope your week is better!

  2. Glad your feeling better. How awesome that the framing has started. Just look at that view.....

  3. Glad you are feeling better. It's so much fun to watch a bunch of 2X4's build a skeleton and then a home.

  4. Never a dull moment at your place!
    Glad you are feeling better 😀

  5. Exciting stuff going on over on your side of the pond. Cheers to feeling better, a new job, and rooms with a view!

  6. I had one of those headaches last week! But then again some of us here were sick. I never did get SICK, but that headache wasn't much fun either. Interesting how things "just happen". There's always a plan; we just might not know it. As my kids get older, I think about where we will be, what we will be going, how we will live...and how much money we will save on groceries when we're empty nesters. Our oldest boys are almost 11 so we have a few years, but it seems odd that my oldest is 17 and planning to move out and go to college in a little over a year. Time goes by so quickly! I will have an adult soon! Yikes!

  7. Are any of those cliches going to included in Hodgepodge this week? So sorry you had a migraine - I hate them. I just had an "aura" migraine - have you heard of them. You get squiggly lines in your vision. Your house looks great - what a perfect spot! Great news about your Mr. Have a great week, Joyce!

    1. I guess that's what I had. I've never had a migraine. So miserable!

  8. Sorry you felt yucky lazy week. You two remind me of a couple we met in Singapore. Retired, not retired, move, still have retirement home not to mention the house on Cape Cod, move again... Someday I'll tell you about them.

  9. Why am I not surprised that Hubs is working? :)

  10. Oh, I had a bug last week also, mine was an awful head cold bug but I did survive. Exciting that you now have studs up, making progress. And, as long as Hubs is happy then you are happy. I'm sure he was a catch for someone. Happy new week!

  11. From Wednesday-Sunday, I was on the couch with I don't know what. My voice was completely gone, a cough that would not quit, and I felt bad. Thankfully no headache! Glad you are feeling better.

  12. I'm sorry to hear that you've been sick, but happy to hear you are feeling better. Thank goodness for daughters who live close by!
    So hubs got an offer too good to refuse! I'm happy for y'all. I'm sure y'all will work things out, you always do, and, at least, your life is never dull :)
    Your house is looking good. That view is to die for...
    Kathy (Reflections)

  13. What a miserable week you had. Glad you're "back" now. Building a house is so exciting, but I understand that it takes patience. I also understand how excited you must be now that it's actually taking shape. Congrat's on the hub's new job. Hope you're both extremely happy with the new change.

  14. Lovely to catch up on all your news but sorry to hear you were unwell.

  15. Well, thats exciting about the hubs. I think people don't 'retire' well - we need things to do . As if building a house isn't enough :) haha
    Glad you're feeling better.

  16. Glad you are feeling better. Got a laugh at the Excedrin headache #39! I remember when the bottle was green and had a flip top like that.

  17. Thanks for the update. Sorry about the headache - but everything else is awesome! I love these updates about your house. The view outside your 'window' is gorgeous!

  18. How did I miss that about his new job that fell into his lap. I think I commented from what I saw on Facebook about the framing being up and missed the whole job thing. Sorry about that. Congratulations!