In retrospect, it was not a wise decision to build this house. It's been over a year now of endless catastrophe -- an emotional up and down of "wow this is the best thing ever" to "how did I get myself into this anxiety-producing, money-losing, relationship-killing mess." I consoled myself by walking down to the bridge to take in the beautiful landscape, until the beavers moved in and flooded the place. Then it was the apple orchard, a delightful spot in the spring in full bloom, until I arrived to find three trees chopped down. Securing the loan and signing the construction contract was a difficult process; long and stressful, with many painful financial decisions -- everything about the entire house had to be fully specified. Now, in spite of all this, a permit is likely to be issued soon, and once that happens the project is set to begin, ushering in a smooth, effortless and faster-than-expected building phase; I'm sure of it.