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Rebuilding.. a month in.

July 15th, 2009

So it was a month ago today that my parents got the call that there was an explosion and fire at their house.  Can you believe it?? A full month has gone by!  In someways it seems like it has just been days and other ways it seems like it has been forever.  I haven’t been back to the house lately, so I don’t have any new photos to share.  But from what my parents say, not much has changed.  The grass is a little less green (due to lack of water), but my mom has been working hard in the flower beds to keep it looking as nice as it possibly can.

Here’s another note from her that I wanted to pass along:

Greetings from 30 Jonquil Lane.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a month since the fire.  It has been a very busy month, but a good one and we are settling into our new home.  As soon as we get a new adapter for the camera, I will download some pics of it.  The rental furniture is working out ok and friends have filled in with a few pieces and lots of lamps. For most of the month our kitchen-ware consisted of 4 plates, 4 bowls, 2 mugs, 2 glasses, a coffee maker, 2 frying pans and 2 pots with a few basic utensils. Guess what?- it worked just fine.  We would just wash them and they would be ready for the next time.  Definitely saving using the dishwasher. This week, we received some of our dishes, glasses, mugs and cookware back from Service Master (14 boxes to be exact), so it is looking more like my old kitchen. But I didn’t unpack everything.  We have discovered that you can live with less, much less.

There has been no work on the house.  A team of inspectors are coming tomorrow and look over the site again and hopefully determine the cause. Then they will release it to the construction company.  They will remove all the debris and start to disassemble the interior.  They will take it down to the studs and brick and rebuild it from the outside in.  We will be getting a brand new house.  I am confident that my “in-house interior designer” will guide me through the design aspect of rebuilding and the finished product will be quite nice. It will be at least 6 months or longer before it is livable again.

Everyone has been so thoughtful and kind to us. Contrary to public feeling, there are good caring people in this world and we have met many along the way – the wonderful firemen who saved my Christopher Radko Christmas ornaments; the mail lady who delivers our mail to our new address without a forwarding request (long story, but she saved the day}; Travers’ patient who cuts the grass at Reynolds Drive for free, the friends who have brought numerous meals;  friends who brought bags of groceries (I lost everything in the pantry, frig and freezer); the flowers from the flower lady and so much more  The list is endless, but you get the idea.

Will keep everyone updated on progress of rebuilding.  Carter

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