I admit it, we’re off our stride lately. It’s funny how little things can distract a person. It’s all for the good — longterm that is. But between moving into the house and the reconstruction of the roads in the park we’re just at 6’s & 7’s.
The road project is winding down, or up, or whatever direction you go to find completion. It would appear that they might finish over the next three days — or maybe not. We are finishing up 4 weeks of road work and about a week in there when nothing happened because of the holidays — so it’s been a 5 week process so far. What I don’t know about road building would fill a book but I do know that I’ve been watching that road grader do what appears to be the same job over and over and over again. The goal is to create a downhill gradient from North to South and from East to West so that rainwater will drain to one spot. I’m sure they know what they are doing, and how to do it. It just feels like a long, long, long process. [as I write this a low boy trailer just arrived to start hauling earth moving equipment off site!!!]
The finished roads will be well worth the wait but at this end of the project there is a lot of uncertainty. We know they are going to be oiling down the ground before paving. While I don’t worry a lot about their ability to do that without overspray and damage to cars (I know some folks are freaked out about it) still anticipating what days movement in and out of the park may be limited is a big guessing game. We were told to expect three days of “paving” and for folks with doctor’s or physical therapy appointments that’s a nervous place to be: not knowing if they’ll be able to get out of the park. Each day I walk to the office to learn whether there’s been a timing decision made and each day… nothing. It’s really nothing new — every construction job I’ve been connected with has been the same — it’s just been a long time since I’ve been part of one and it’s nerve wracking.
In a few days this will all feel like a dream … but at the moment, not. 5 weeks of inconvenience after 30+ years of use (how long the old roads lasted) isn’t a bad tradeoff.
We did our daily walk at the nearby outlet mall and discovered that the Kitchen Collection store there has been permanently closed. Sorry to see that. They often had “just the thing that I wanted.” I’ve noticed over the last year or two that they have been closing stores one by one. I wonder what’s going on with the brand? I do notice that their logo has changed. It used to be red and white — now it’s blue and black and white — so it wold appear something’s up.
This weekend is also the All Valley RV and Outdoor Show in Mercedes. The three day show is guaranteed to be much smaller than the show we attended last year in Tampa — but I’m sure we’ll find some interesting vendors and maybe learn a thing or three.
Of course that all depends on whether we can get in and out of our RV park to get there. 🙂 I’m going to be optimistic. The forecast is for rain on the last two of three days — so we’re going to try to get there on Thursday, tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping, I’ll be here again tomorrow. Why not stop and say hi!