We’re not going to be in Mérida for some time, but construction is going full speed ahead at a still-inchoate investment property/second home/new primary home that we call Casa Nana.
Contractors have been happy to show off their handiwork to friends who are lucky enough to be in town now. One friend came knocking the other day, but they wouldn’t let her snap pictures. Isn’t that strange? Maybe they thought strangers with cameras would violate our privacy. They can’t be protecting any trade secrets, can they?
Not that we’re short on photos. My Flickr folder has 414 shots starting in late November when the crew started jackhammering the garage and second room. A staff architect from the office has been good about sending batches each Friday. When we finally got photos that showed the second-story view from the main house, I realized that this petite young lady must have climbed the scaffolding to get up there, because photos of the stairwell reveal a distinct lack of stairs. “Heroic proportions!” as Paul would say. Or maybe she handed her camera to one of the builders.
Still, our friends feel badly for us. It’s not an ideal situation to have such a big project going without being there to check on it. If we had built on Cape Cod to begin with, our original notion, at least we could go up weekends. Of course, that was way out of our budget, and the way our weather system is changing these days, I’m happier building a concrete house that’s away from the coast.
Speaking of weather, it was nearly 80 the other day, and I still saw a man with a backhoe stirring around some snow behind the downtown museum. Now it’s back to the 40s, and a cold damp wind is whipping our cedars and magnolias around. The sky is gray and threatening a downpour. “April showers bring May flowers.” That’s another thing Paul likes to say. Even though the daffodils are in bloom and we enjoy seeing first flowers emerge from the ground, this week wouldn’t have been a bad time to head to Mérida. I can think of two future neighbors who are smarter than us.