House Building Process: Eating an Elephant One Bite at a Time

Well it’s signed! It’s not quite sealed and delivered yet, but it’s signed. We were told it was a good thing we put the deposit down early in the week because two people wanted that upgraded lot. I feel good knowing the contract is signed. But there is a lot to do and a long way to go.

In today’s meeting, she only had to make structural decisions for the most part, paying the earnest money and so forth. We did not get to pick out all of the details inside yet. This is a big drawn out process, but I will say it is very structured and very thorough. Anything worth doing certainly is!

I think I will be taking a lot of vacation days and can see that a trip to Texas may not be in the works this year for us. When you consider going to all these meetings, closing, moving (probably twice as her house will sell early we think). I’ll likely not have any days left. But at least I get to see my grandson in June as they are coming here. I will need to reserve some time to move her here and then also move her again in the new place after it’s built. Also it does not include doc appointments. But those I might can just take a half day as she’ll be up here before long. I also was planning to take some time off for flooring to be put in our house here. That WILL happen at some point. I’m not willing to budge on that one!

But we’ll work it out. Maybe we can take a long weekend to TX, but when you consider flight, hotel, and rental car for just a few days it’s just really expensive and then all over in a heartbeat. So I don’t know. Anyway, it’s important we get Mom up here. I’m so excited about the whole darn thing and to have her close to us. And God has answered our prayers so we will make it happen and gladly donate the time. But I was truly surprised at all the meetings. And she said it would have to be done during the week and not on weekends.

Here’s Mom’s house plans.

So the next step is Mom has to provide proof of funding once the GoodAll president has signed off on it. She has to provide notes from bank the $ is there, proof of value of her home that she is selling, proof of investment values, etc. And then we will get a meeting to pick her particulars, her upgrades, flooring, appliances, everything down to the knobs and the fixtures.

Afterwards we went to the Lost Cajun. The place I wanted us to eat Local Joe’s is not open on Saturday. I mean what is up with that? lol. OH well. The 2nd place we wanted to go closed at 3. I mean come on Mount Juliet, people need to eat on Saturday! So we went to one of George’s favorite places, the Lost Cajun. I knew Mom would like the catfish and I also knew George would be thrilled. I tried to eat healthy and got the shrimp dish below. I did not eat the bread. And when I was through I felt like I’d not eaten much. lol. Mom gave me a piece of her catfish and some fries. Oh well, so much for trying to be good. But honestly it was like I had a shrimp cocktail appetizer and I was starved. We didn’t get lunch!

Fancy was looking at me like she wanted to ask me a question. Like she’s saying “What’s happening Sonya?” She smiled at me and laid her head back down when I told her how pretty she was.

Our meeting today took about 4.5 hours. We were all worn out. I thought I’d get something done this afternoon on my to do list but just cannot hardly move. Anyway, we are fixing breakfast burritos here at home in the morning. And then I’ll take Mom back to Columbia and then I have a list of things to do to get ready for the work week. Geez. It’ll be a very short weekend for us. At least I started doing laundry on Thursday night knowing the weekend would be so busy. Hopefully we will have next weekend free.

I was going to start my cleanse day Monday but we have plans to eat with friends that will soon be moving out of town. So I will start the cleanse Tuesday I guess and hope all goes well while I close payroll.

Ok over and out. It’s almost bedtime again. I think I’m sleeping on the couch. It’s not working to sleep with George. I tried it last week and had to move out again. Between Roger needing to get up and George getting up, my own getting up and then add in his snoring – just nooooo. Our sofa is really comfy. So it is not an issue at all. Some of my best sleep has been there. When I had a cold I would often go sleep there back when Katy was home. I never wanted to mess up the other beds, lol. But anyway, all is well.

We are all happy, tired, and a bit overwhelmed with all we will do but we will take it one step at a time.

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It’ll be like eating an elephant one bite at a time. We will figure it all out. My job right now is to check on storage facility costs, locations, and sizes, and costs. And I have to check on power of attorney, as Mom asked me to check on that. George will be speaking with Mom’s realtor the first part of the week to get her house going and up for sale.

We are keeping our eyes on the end target though, and I’m looking forward to cooking a celebratory meal for us all in Mom’s new kitchen. Mom said she wouldn’t charge much! lol

9 responses to “House Building Process: Eating an Elephant One Bite at a Time”

  1. Glad this is done. I feel so much better. I have worried about her being there alone with no on near to help her if anything happens. Now the fun begins as she starts deciding what to keep and what to let go

  2. Congratulations everybody….Big step forward today or as I’m writing this it’s Sunday morning big step forward yesterday. I, so pleased that Wmum is settled in her mind about the move. You really are a good daughter Sonya and George is an equally good son in law. What a lot of things have to be checked though, how on earth could someone who lives far away buy one of these properties if they must be there so often ? It would be impossible wouldn’t it…. now you really must try and rest once you’ve taken Mum home,,,, I did think I heard a beep come from my I pad around 3am that’s when your notice arrived !!……it’s still only 6.40 but I’m up washed hair washed etc. but I still feel half asleep.!! How you manage it day after day I will never know !!! I’m going now. Good Luck taking Mum home. Just wish she could drive herself down to you instead of you going up to her..God Bless

  3. How wonderful this is happening for you all! I know it is a ton of work, but this move will give you time with your mom to make many wonderful memories and to be a positive force in her life. It is a time to treasure! And bless you all for being so excited about it.

  4. That’s wonderful. It will be so much better having her close by. I really love the layout and style. And it is all one level.

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