I’m sitting on the porch of our guest cabin this morning in my pajamas marveling and how lucky we are to live here in this beautiful place. I have to pinch myself!
Lots of progress is being made on our new home. We have a lovely new footing and frost wall in place and after waiting for several days to make sure that it’s cured, we are back-filling it now with rocks, sand, crushed rock (to come) and compacting it. Yesterday and today, the back-filling has been happening. If I understand correctly, there will also be some flooding which will push all the sand into places where it’s not going. We want the foundation of our slab to be completely stable so this part of the process is critical.
Before and After
Ned and I took a little ride in our canoe on Sunday to get out on the water and to see our house from the lake. While the angle of my photo isn’t the best, the progress is, at least, visible now. But there is still a huge hole where the old house sat. Coming home in the canoe, there’s no big white house to use as a point of reference. It’s still a little bit sad.
While we were out on the lake we also met some new neighbors, Janna and Peter, who moved here from New York after being “summer people”, too. It’s wonderful to listen to the stories of others and see them flourishing here on our lake. It’s in reflecting on their success that I (we?) can also see that we are building a wonderful life here and we are excited about our future. I know we are simply astonished each day when we open our eyes and see our magnificent view and wonder that we get to live here.
We made it! Four days of driving and we crossed the Piscataqua River Bridge for the first time with the knowledge that Maine is our home now. I’ll admit to getting teary-eyed at the thought of being home!
When we got to the house yesterday, it was gray and drizzly but a balmy 54 degrees. It was colder in the house than outside but once the wood stove was blazing, we were all warm and comfy!
After a few hours, the sun came out on the other side of the lake and there was a beautiful rainbow to welcome us home.
“This is the million dollar view!”
I’m not going to chronicle the rest of our trip up other than to say it was long. Boq enjoyed the fluffy hotel sheets and we all enjoyed getting out of the car for awhile each night. Our last night on the road was spent in Westport, CT with my college roommate. We had dinner at the Duck in Westport where it’s rumored that celebrities hang at the bar. We didn’t see anybody famous but it was an interesting experience … and probably not a restaurant that we’ll run back to anytime soon.
We just walked up to check out the guest house and it’s chilly up there! I’d better get knitting because I think we’re going to need warm clothes and afghans! The biggest question for me is, what will I store all my yarn in? The burners on the little kitchenette seem to work and the space really is cute. We’ve got a couple of bureaus, a couple of chairs and a bed. (We hope the bed doesn’t sink in the middle. We’ll do a test-sleep soon.) Plenty of space for hanging clothes and we’ll bring Ned’s uncle’s table up for a desk/dining table. Add our coffee maker, microwave and toaster oven and we’ll be in good shape. We just need some fresh water!
Tomorrow I’ll start cleaning up there and my yarn will go straight up there. No sense organizing it twice! The internet was hooked up today and as soon as the electrician comes and moves the main service box onto the woodshed/future garage, we’ll move the internet to the guest house. We are making progress!
We are so lucky to be able to live here and we are eager to watch the lake as it changes with the days and the months and the seasons! Now, if we could get the water pump working so I can clean up the kitchen with some warm water! And perhaps have a shower tonight!?