Thursday, July 09, 2009

An Empty Lot

Here is an empty lot.

It is not our empty lot. Our empty lot hasn't even been mowed, let alone turned into a flat bare patch of dirt.

But it should have been by now. Our basement should have been put in yesterday. But it has not. There's some kind of hang-up with the engineering permit. So the original stated goal for us to be in by early October is now "hopefully before Halloween."

It's a little frustrating. It's not really in our hands, but we're certainly starting to raise a stink. Not a huge stink at this point, just enough for, like, people to wrinkle their noses and say, "Aw man, that's irritating. We should open a window." Except there's no basement, let alone a window. So the people smelling the stink have to live with it until they build the basement so eventually they can build the house with a window that they can open to get rid of the stink.

As you can see, it's a very complicated process.

The other thing that I have to figure out with my Consistory is a housing allowance, now that we'll be moving out of the parsonage. I need to read up a lot more about how to do this. I'm ordering a resource...the scant resources that I already have seem to indicate that I should have figured all of this out before the new fiscal year started, or even before I began here. If that turns out to be the case, this does not bode well. But as I said, I don't know much about that stuff yet.

I have a lot to learn, and it's a little nerve-racking. And having more than an empty lot would do a lot for morale.


Anonymous said...

Hang in there. It'll all work out. Keep the faith.

Anonymous said...

I'll let you know if I think of any more cliche's!

NJ Coffeeaunt said...

It was 13 months from when we cleared our lot to when we moved in to our very small house. A basement hole that filled with water every time it rained was a big factor in the delay. Home building rarely proceeds on schedule, you will be blessed to be in for Christmas but it will be worth the wait however long it takes.