Can you get there from here – Unity to Casco?

I have said all along that I wanted to blog this journey and tell the highlights along with the frustrations and today was a frustrating day. I decided that I’d share that as well.

First, if you ever need directions to Casco, Maine let me know? There is no direct route from Unity to Casco, but I think that it is safe to say that we may have found the longest route this morning. We were attempting to find a better route as the first time we went it seemed super long and out of the way. I think that we found the best route on the way home.

In case you are wondering, I bought five windows this morning. I bought one big triple window for the front of the house and then got a beautiful one
for the loft. I love the one for the loft, but am not sold on the other. I’m not sure if I will end up using it or if it will find its way to a for sale website.

Tonight I find myself really frustrated with the fact that I have not sold my house. It really presents me a dilemma as to what to do. I can’t afford to have two houses. Paying a mortgage on one house and trying to finance another is not ideal.

I really want to get the house closed in and the roof on by the time that the little white flakes start flying from the sky, but am beginning to wonder if I should just put the project on hold until I can sell my place. I just talked it over with my Dad and he said we don’t have a lot more ‘big’ expenses until the roof. Thank goodness!

Being a typical ‘Mainer,’ I have that Maine ingenuity. I bought my house without the assistance of a realtor and I’d like to sell it without one as well. I just don’t want to pay someone 6% or more to do something that I know I have done and can do again. (Again, with some help from my Dad).

By the way, that was another frustration of the day. What do you get someone who has everything?? As I mentioned yesterday, my Dad celebrates his 70th birthday on Monday. I wanted to get him something special for many reasons. Every time that he uses his circular saw he talks about wanting a new one. See where I am going with this???

They had a “really nice one” (according to him) on sale where we got our windows this morning. I spent an hour trying to figure our how to buy this saw without him finding out. I googled it on my phone to see if there was a store around where I live that I could purchase this particular one at. I found it, but it was $10 more.

He wanted to go back into the store to look at it and kept pestering me to look up on my phone to see how much it was at your traditional ‘big box’ store. I kept trying to avoid giving him an answer. Then he asks me to go to the car and get his checkbook because he ‘really wants the saw – and it is on sale”. UGHHH!!!  I said ok, you win! I’ve been planning to buy you a circular saw for your birthday. I’m going to buy it – I was just been searching for the best one to get. But you better forget about this before Monday! One thing about him – he is impossible to surprise.

The sun will rise tomorrow and maybe after a good night’s sleep things will look better.

 

Laura Reed

About Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in marketing at a small, vibrant college in my hometown of Unity, Maine. In the process I wanted to go back to my childhood where we raised polled Herefords, had a Christmas Tree Farm and spent many hours outside. I decided I wanted to build my own home on beautiful farmland that my family owns. With help from my Dad, the most talented person I’ve ever met, we are building my home together. I have decided to blog my experience – the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations. What was once an open field will one day be my home! The dream in my head is becoming reality. I can just see the lambs frolicking in the field, chickens in the barnyard and going running with my Alaskan Malamute!