Thursday, September 27, 2007

Digging begins

This morning I was awakened at 7:30 by the beeping sound made by construction vehicles in reverse. This is not a foreign or isolated occurrence, since the medical center just blocks from our house has been adding on a wing since before we moved here. But today the beeping seemed closer. When I looked out the window I saw construction equipment in the large vacant lot across the street to the west of our house. The inevitable had begun.

We knew when we bought this house that the large lot across the street would some day be developed. A few months ago we learned that the owner of the lot had gotten approval by the city of Lewes to subdivide the large lot into 5 lots. The owner would build houses on the 3 lots that face the street and would then build is own private residence on the two remaining lots that face the park and pond. Today a bulldozer began leveling the land, hence all the reverse beeps, and then it began spreading a huge dump truck load of sand.

We are not upset by the building, in fact, quite to the contrary, we like the idea of 'city' or 'in-town' living, with neighbors close by. If we had wanted a home in a rural setting we certainly could have purchased one and paid a whole lot less. But we wanted to live 'in-town' and be able to walk to restaurants, shops, businesses, and the bay.

Although, when construction is being done in your neighborhood it makes a difference when you work in an office versus working at home. When you work in an office you do not hear the construction noise that's happening at home because you are at the office. But when your office is in your home, like mine, you hear the construction noise... all... day... long. For now its just the roar of the engines of dump trucks and the beeping sound that indicates the bulldozer is in reverse. But later those will be replaced by the sounds of hammers and nail guns. With the windows closed the noise is quite tolerable. But since its prime weather for having the windows open, the noise is more noticeable.

Then there's all the dirt in the air. I remember when we lived in VA and our neighbors on the street behind us did a major remodel, I was amazed at how much dirt got tossed into the air and found its way onto our screened porch, outdoor furniture, house, and car. I'm sure the same thing will happen here, only our front porch is much bigger so there will much more space to have to clean when we want to sit outside. Sigh...

Guess I'd better get used to it, as I predict I will be hearing construction sounds and cleaning away construction dirt for the next 2-3 years. It certainly could be worse.

Drag Queen name of the day: Carrie Atorch

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