When I got home yesterday the door was unlocked, but nobody was there.

Since we are renovating we have a lot of people coming and going. At first I was totally pissed at the electricians. The plumbers leave trash all over the house and now the electricians leave the place unlocked?

But no. The electricians are off the hook. They didn’t even show up yesterday. Or the day before. Or the day before that.

So I guess while they are free of guilt on leaving the house unlocked, they should really be coming to work. Someday I would actually like to have air conditioning in my home again. It would be almost like we were civilized.

I thought about it some more and realized that when we were visiting home the day before – that is what we do now, we have to live elsewhere and visit home – after I locked all of the doors Claudia had to go back in and get something out of her room and I gave her the keys.

In retrospect maybe trusting an eight year old to lock up wasn’t the best decision I have made in the last few weeks.

It wasn’t her fault. She is a child. It was my job to lock everything tight. I had visions of walking in to an empty house where everything we owned had been stolen.

This is kind of hilarious, because I did walk in to an empty house, but everything is in storage. Where we put it. Unless the thieves wanted to take some extra framing lumber and the elliptical machine that was too heavy to move, they are going to have to rob my neighbors.

There was not really anything to steal.

I don’t know why I was worried. I think being without a place to call home has thrown all four of us off of our games. It isn’t that we don’t have a place to stay, we have been staying with my in-laws and they have an amazing home that is comfortable and we are always welcome there, but I don’t want to wear that out.

The kids and I have been trying to be away from home as much as possible. Since June I have been to California, Iowa, Delaware, North Carolina, three different places in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York City – twice. We stayed over night in South Carolina one night and if you count driving through we have also been to Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and Georgia.

Apparently exhaustion makes me paranoid.


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  1. Or the paranoia is making you exhausted. Just saying…

    Actually have a lot to say about remodeling, contractors, etc. I’m just… maybe this will be a placeholder comment until I can gather enough brain cells to … I’ll shut up now.

  2. Wow, that is some heavy duty serious work being done! Can’t wait to see the final results. It is hard not to have your own home to go to at the end of the day. Hope you get back there soon.

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