The countertops were installed yesterday.
Steve-the-Builder called just as I was getting down to work on my book. I have a book due in five weeks. I’d tell you what page I’m on, but I’m so behind that if I said it out loud I would go into such hysterical panic, I might throw myself off a cliff. I saw this TV show a long time ago where not only did the female character in the book not tell her family that she wrote romance novels, when she did finally “have” to admit her “embarrassing secret” to her family because she was behind on her book, she then wrote THE ENTIRE BOOK in one night. I’d go on about how insulting this entire episode was, but I’m hoping I can write THE ENTIRE BOOK in one night. Because right now? I’m getting nowhere with it. So please, allow me my fantasies. (Dear Editor, I am making this up. I am so ahead on my book, it’s ridiculous. And it is EXCELLENT, rest assured. Love, Suzanne.)
“You’ve got to come out here and look at this,” Steve-the-Builder said.
I would go into everything that is wrong with the island countertops, but I exhausted myself explaining it over the phone to two managers at Lowe’s yesterday. The measurements were done wrong–by their countertop guy, on site–so they will be replaced at their cost. In the meantime, the island counters are temporarily set so the cooktop and oven can be placed and the kitchen can be functional until the new counters come.
The island counters are really dusty from construction work in that picture, by the way. This is what the counters really look like. The countertop on the sink side of the kitchen worked out fine. I cleaned the countertop here, lit a candle, and tried to think pretty pink and blue thoughts in the midst of yet another obstacle.
The other day, Georgia said, “I wonder what the first thing you’ll move over there will be?”
Umm, a candle?
Then I went shopping. I’ve been wanting one of those fridges with the freezer drawer on bottom, so it was pretty exciting to get this one. It comes to the house today. There were also missing light fixtures to find and other boring things and by the time I got out of Lowe’s, my feet hurt.
What’s not coming to the house today? The drilling rig. It rained on and off all day yesterday. The drilling rig needs to come across the river ford and the water’s too high. And so the drilling is now rescheduled for Monday. In the meantime, we are MOVING today! It’s moving day and I am moving!! Okay, I can’t move IN, but I am MOVING! I will be taking things over all day and when I’m not moving things, I’ll be painting trim so that all we need to do once it’s installed is take care of touch-up.
And, even as the universe piles on more adversity, the universe takes pity and removes one.
I reached the farm yesterday just as Verizon was pulling away after cutting the tree out of the road and repairing their line.
Just when I’d gotten good at driving under it!