Oh the weather outside is frightful, but flushing is so delightful!

Today was a monumental day at the homestead, as I now have running water. It’s amazing how much you take for granted when everything is readily available. Water was the last big missing piece that I needed before my house would be livable. Note- there is a big difference between livable and done.

My Dad continues to blow my mind with everything that he is capable of doing, even with a brain injury. He has done the plumbing entirely himself, with some assistance from my brother-in-law, Kevin. It’s been approved by the plumbing inspector at various intervals. We had water running into a hose and outside last weekend just to make sure the pump from the well was working. He initially turned on the water on water on Friday afternoon, but turned it off to fix a small leak.

Saturday morning, he fixed the leak and voila – we had water. You have no idea how nice it is to have a flush toilet after using a porta potty for several months at the house. I even ran water in the kitchen sink and bathtub. Since the well is new, we are still flushing a bit of sediment out of it.

I also decorated my Christmas tree on Saturday morning. I was determined to find my Christmas ornaments and decorations. I ventured into the spare room where I am keeping stuff at my parent’s house and was able to find the tote with the decorations and ornaments.

My house is on a dead-end road and my parent’s own the property to the end of the road, so there is not much traffic. I moved my Christmas tree to the loft as it’s a bit safer since there are still many, many tools down below. I was putting the final ornaments on the tree and happen to look out the front windows and there were six turkeys running in a line down the road. It was hilarious. I yelled to my parents to look out the window. About a minute later another one came flying down the road and then one more after that. I wish I would have had a video camera as it was just too funny.

I’ve decided that Christmas Eve is going to be my first night at the new house I think. After all this time, I think that it would be just so neat to be able to wake up Christmas morning at my new house!

A big thank you to all who have encouraged me throughout this journey. I truly believe at this point that the end is within sight. Wishing everyone a very blessed Christmas!


Never enjoyed flushing a toilet more!

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!