Our building inspector sent an email this morning to my work email.


A bit of history… I started working at Lincoln Construction in July 2006 – just after the long awaited ground breaking ceremony at Leyenhorst Court, an 11 luxury home cul de sac named after our family.    ‘Long awaited’ because chert and other Native Canadian remains were found on site.  Another 2 building sites close to where we live have been closed down for great lengths of times due to bones being discovered in archeological testing.    We’re located very close to these 3 sites.

So when i got this email.. my heart sank, i felt instantly ill.. and just couldn’t believe it.  We just cut a huge hole in our foundation yesterday – below you’ll see 2 slabs with the hole in them  just sitting there, all cut, waiting for a crane to pull them out.

Here’s a short video of the concrete being cut.

This video doesn’t exist

I responded..

“Tell me this is a joke.. you’re kidding, right???”   I know this inspector well, he lives behind me, and we’ve been working together for close to a decade in the building industry.. he’s actually one of the really good guys, one we love to work with.

Turns out it WAS a joke… and i missed it.   He was laughing.. so was Bill when i told him.  He got me.. good.   I’m not usually that gullible.. but wow.. he got me good.

In other news.. the foundation cutout into the existing basement was taken out by crane this morning, and the footings were being laid out.   Found out our windows are still 4 weeks away.. but we’ll work with that.

the footings are in!

Meanwhile last night, Bill took down a large part of the ceiling.

It’s getting hot in the house now with no insulation. Soon enough summer will be over.. but in the meantime.. here’s to one of the longest hot summers I remember in a long time!

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Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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  1. I thought that hilarious but panicked when i found they’d forgotten our sump pit connection and have already poured footings… apparently my two texts didn’t register even though i got a response. Tonight i dug out the loose end and sent another text asking for it to be connected thru footings to east tile
    before the wall goes up – but now of course they have to tunnel under footings but better that than have the wall up or floor poured

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  2. that was a great prank! at least on someone else. loved it. Glad it wasn’t real. You guys are making great headway!


  3. That was a great prank, but I was upset for you guys as well!! Wnjoying following your journey into renovations!!


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