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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Another Drive By Post - and HOUSE NEWS!!!!!

The dog saga continues...and we are dog-less. I am beginning to think that there is a list somewhere with our name on it that says not to let us have a dog. This is the most frustrating experience that we've ever gone through with the exception of the house saga (which I am not going to regurgitate).

The rescue group had a meet and greet on Saturday in Rochester which is 3 hours away from us. The DH contacted the families who are fostering the dogs that we are interested to ask a few questions. The one family never got back to us. Anyway, he asked the other family what their procedure was to take the dog home if we liked him and we all got along because it's a haul (6 hours in the car round-trip) and we'd like to close out this chapter. The foster family said that if we liked the dog and it appeared that we got along, they wanted us to GO HOME AND THINK ABOUT IT FOR ANOTHER COUPLE OF WEEKS THEN COME BACK AGAIN. They were not willing to let us take the dog home with us. So we didn't make the trip.

In the meantime, the DH found a private individual about an hour & 1/2 away from us that had a litter of older puppies that she was willing to sell.  Actually, she was willing to give away the male dogs that  are about a year old.  When Dave made the initial call to her, it took her 2 weeks to get back to us.  Then we made arrangements to drive up today but the lady asked that we call her before we made the trip.  So we did, TWICE and she never returned the calls.  So we stayed home.
And we are dog-less for at least another 2 weeks cause DH is going out of town.

On a happier note, our house is just about finished!!!! Can you believe it?  FOUR years later we are finally getting closure.  We found a Christian contractor who gave us a good price to finish up the work and he's been working daily for the last 3 weeks.  Now we are 99% done!
The chimney side:

The sunroom side:

The front of the house.  We are having a field stone facade placed around the door and dining room window.

The back of the house.

You have to know that I am SO happy that I just want to do a happy dance all day!  This is the happiest I've been since we started this adventure with the exception of Jenna and Mike's wedding.

Anyway, it was a great weekend, we went for a walk, I made scrumptious cookies, we grilled chicken and just hung out and marveled at our house.  There's a lot more to do (when is a house EVER finished) but at least I know that we aren't compromising the structural integrity of our home.  The rest will come in due time.  I can be patient.  That's one of the things I learned from this experience.  Patience.

Stitching, I've worked on a few wips, nothing to write home about.  And surprisingly enough, I haven't even opened up the box with my new sewing machine inside.  Just busy with yard work and trying to keep afloat at work.

So thanks for hanging in there with me on this long post.  I want to thank you for your prayers, friendship, emails and good thoughts through the house ordeal.  I so appreciate each and every one of you.  It's so amazing to me how we are all connected.  And I'm so blessed because of it!
Have a great week and I will post stitchy pics soon!


connie said...

Hi Joanie..I am so happy for you that your house is finally getting finished..It looks real nice..I hope you are able to find the dog you want next..I can't wait to see pictures of your stitching..

Jules said...

Your house is looking great! Hopefully you will find a pup soon...

The Queen Bee said...

Oh my! It looks wonderful. I can't wait to see inside pictures once you have that part done.


Sherry said...

The house looks wonderful! I can't wait to see pics of the inside. I hope your dog saga ends happily and soon! I would like another dog but DH says absolutely not!

Deb said...

Your new house looks wonderful!! Can't wait to see pictures of the inside. And how heartbreaking about the dogs and all the trials you're having with getting one. The right one will come along - there is a reason for all of this waiting.

diamondc said...

Oh yummy: a sun room to sit in and stitch in the winter time as you laugh at the cold.
Congratulations on the finishing of your home, it is simply beautiful.
You are a very lucky lady.
Peace to you and your family.
God Bless America and all who protect her.

Vonna said...

The house looks wonderful! YES!!! SUCCESS!!!
And phooey about the dogs...what is up with all that?
There is one out there destined to be yours :)

lynda said...

Your house looks great! Where are you in upstate New York? We used to live there...

diamondc said...

Hi Joanie: You are the best thank-you for the most beautiful exchange gift ever.
I hope you are all settled in.

Shelleen said...

Glad that your house is finished. I don't know why you are having such a hard time with adopting a dog. It is ridiculous and I have 4 cats and a dog. Last year i adopted a cat and they do a background check and I listed that I had 3 cats and a dog and they said good.

Anonymous said...

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