We are not counting down in years or months, but in weeks!
Today I booked the tiler to finish the bathroom tiling, and that will be done this week. The plasterer is coming in a couple of weeks to put the gyprock up and finish the garage.
We have ordered the three bathroom showerscreens and they arrive in three weeks!
The Hubbster has been busy building stairs, for the front, back and side of the house, and today he installed the sink in the garage.
The rangehood is up in the kitchen, but not yet finished. And the holes - all three hundred and fifty plus! have been drilled into the verandah posts!
So what else do we have to do this week? Oh that's right! Order the stainless steel wire for the verandah handrails.
We are on the home stretch now! For my new readers I wanted to backtrack a little and explain why it means so much to finally move into this house!
Four years ago, we decided that a move to the country, from suburbia, was what we needed to do. We bought our 75 acre farm, sold our very comfortable house and moved into a shed, right next to a house that was started by the previous owner.
The bearers and joists were done, and the shed was big, open and dusty. It was surrounded by temporary "dongas" or site sheds, and we have made these our home.
We have a loungeroom, a kitchen, a bedroom, a computer room and a storage room for everything we own. We walk out of these rooms into the central area that is our shed.
We have been living very simply...most things we own are in storage, we all sleep in the same room, we have no storage for clothes or personal belongings and if I have to wipe any more gecko poo from my dining table I'll scream.
The shed gets dusty and dirty, and we've had snakes, spiders, frogs and annoying stick insects called Kevin.
Not too mention the odd cyclone, wind and rain that comes in sideways into the shed, making it impossible to walk to the bathroom without getting soaking wet.
Three and a half years we have been living like this.
I've been frustrated, impatient, and embarassed by our living arrangements, but you know, we are so much closer as a family, and believe it or not, I'll remember these times as heart warming family memories that I'll never be able to replace.
People tell me I'm crazy. Or patient. I think I am both.
I know that once we move into our house, everything will be worth it.
Our house is a 550sqm Queenslander with wrap around verandahs. It is big, and airy and beautiful.
I long for the day I can sit on my verandah with a book in the breeze, and a feeling of satisfaction that we really did it.
That moment is not very far away......