When Life gives you lemons….

Well, I just made a nice cold pitcher of lemonade. Why don’t you pour yourself a glass and sit a spell while I fill you in on the progress of the construction on our farmhouse.

In one of my earliest posts, I mentioned that the whole move out to the country and building of a farmhouse was going to be an interesting ride, and I wasn’t too wrong with that assumption. It’s not good news that I have to share, but in the beginning, I did say that I wanted to take you along for this journey, so I need to keep you in the loop.

You hear all the time of wrong-doings happening to other people but you never think those things will happen to you. Well, it did. The progress of the house was moving along just fine. It is about 75% complete but over the Thanksgiving holidays we were notified by the bank handling our construction loan that our contractor/builder had filed for bankruptcy. What? That is not something you want to hear.  He has disappeared and is not returning our phone calls.

To make matters worse, he was collecting his construction draws (money) from our bank, but not paying his vendors or subcontractors. Apparently, he didn’t pay anyone. Now his vendors and subcontractors are coming after us and filing “liens” on our house. What a mess. Never a dull moment for us!

Of course, the construction on the house has come to a complete stop. We had to retain a lawyer and hope to resolve this problem soon. This is not the progress I was hoping to share. The holidays are here and it is nearly Christmas. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time. However, I don’t want to dwell on our grief.  We will just keep our chins up, try to laugh at this bad situation and hope to be able to move on from it soon. That’s really all we can do.

We do consider ourselves fortunate for even having the opportunity to build a farmhouse for our family to enjoy and realize that there are plenty of people who have it worse than us. So let’s all just smile, sit back and enjoy our lemonade.  After all…that’s all we can do!

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