The bank’s appraisal came in low but considering that I’m putting 75% down, who cares? I asked them if they factored in the kitchen (Sub Zero/Wolf) that the kitchen consultant is planning, etc. etc. They didn’t. Doesn’t matter.
The process of building a new home is a far larger pain-in-the-ass than I ever expected that it would be. The general contractor called me with a change that needs to be made (the basement ceilings need to be raised from 9′ to 10′ because of terrain features and the excavation). So back to the County we go with the plans for a modification. Naturally it will cost me more. But it will be a nice hovel when it’s complete.
It’s elk season so all work has crawled to a stop until everyone gets his elk. While I understand that completely at one level – because elk season is REALLY important – it would be nice if they’d hurry up and shoot their elk so they can get back to work. IF I HAD KNOWN , I would have stayed up there and would have shot elk for them while they worked… True there’s no fun in that for them, but they’d have elk. Elk season is followed by deer season. Then there’s duck season.
There were elk up on the property last weekend. I could have bagged two or three for the cause.
And back to the matter at hand, there are more things that I’ve thought of that I wish to do with the property and they all cost more than I’d prefer to pay. My original budget for this was $X and I’m past double that for the project now with my new stuff including a 10,000 water tank for the well to fill, the greenhouse, the conservatory (separate build), etc. It’s my own fault. It’s like being a kid with a new toy.
The contractor is happy.
I haven’t even started on the ‘mine ride’ for the grandkids – essentially ore carts that run on a track around the property, pulled by a small locomotive. The engineering for that will have to wait until all this is done. I have a source for narrow gauge rail in Victorville, CA that I’d need to haul.
The picture (left) is a similar contraption (Calico and Odessa Railway) in use at the Calico Ghost Town in the California desert. It’s an amusement park of sorts that is affiliated with Knotts Berry Farm.
The ride will cross a small gorge like the one pictured (right) two times in the circuit, so I need two of those bridges that look rickety but are actually strong.
I don’t know that the ride will ever be built, but it’s in my head. And nothing good comes from things that are “in my head”.
My hopes of retirement have been put on hold and I will remain at the salt mine. I think that I need to up my fees. I’ll call my accountant at Gringotts this afternoon. They say that Goblins make the best CPA’s.