Little Shack on the Prairie


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This page is about our little shack on the prairie as we continue to develop our country mini-farm.  Things don't always go according to plan but if they at least get close then we will fill happy and satisfied when the plan does come to together.

But my plans have not even come close to following my master plan. 

When we put the house up for sale, I was thinking one month to sell the house, one month for paper work and then one month to move out.  That would give the Palm Harbor guys 90 days to get our home set up even with delays.

They realtor listed our home on Monday and by Wednesday it was sold. Just shot 28 days of my master plan.  Still plenty of time to get moved. 

The land sale took about two weeks longer than we thought it would.  Even though the PH people had a copy of the land contract and bank records showing we had the money to buy the land, they would not move on our home paper work.  Even when we came in and paid our 30% down, they did not move on it.  I believe it would have been better to hold our part until closing.  But you learn as you go along.

Of course, I did not understand this since the land was not being used as collateral for the home.

So my thinking was as soon as we closed on the property, we would take the paper work to the home people and close the next day.  That was nine days ago and still no date when or idea when we will close on the home.

We are told that the person doing the closing paper work is swamped.  As a customer I don't want to hear this.  I do not care about everyone else's paper work, just my own.  When you order from us and we were to tell you that we are swamped and will get your order out when we can, would you not go somewhere else?

I have worked many nights and weekends, and if I cannot keep up, then I hire more help or pay the team members I have to put in more hours.

Or the other excuse we hear, "So and so is the only person who handles that and they are out for two weeks due to...."  Once again, "I don't care."  Really?  There is no one else who can do the job?  What if they were to die the next day?  Would the business close?  We have made it a point here to cross-train people so that there are at least three people who can cover each station to include the cash register.

I also found out that when we close, we have to give the keys up and be moved out.  Another 30 days of my master plan shot.

So, when it became apparent to me that we would not be able to move into the home and I had to get moved out, and since we have three dogs and a cat, I needed to go ahead and build a temporary home.  A little shack on the prairie as it were.

My first plan was to build it so that later I could double the size and have our store.

So I tried to find some builders who could come immediately and star.  No such thing.  So I decided to build it myself.  I have built small buildings before.  We would be building this on a pier and beam foundation.

So I got a gas powered post hole digger, and went to town.  Kept going to town.  The sand would back fill as fast as I could drill the hole.  We could get the holes drilled but it was going to require a lot of water.  Even though they are delivering a 2500 gallon tank today and will fill on Tuesday, there was not enough time for me to build.  The heat is very intense so I would only be able to work on it for 4 hours a day.

So we went to Hondo, Texas and found a nice 10 x 16, unfinished cabin.  It will do the job for what we need.  Hopefully we will only have to live in it for a couple of weeks.

So we will have a port-a-jon for the bathroom, a generator for electricity and a shower bag for a shower.  No water heater since the water in the tank will be warm enough.

When things finally get to normal, we will appreciate them more.

In the meantime we have found out about 4 weeks for city water and 16 weeks for electricity.  I wonder how much revenue these places are loosing because it takes so long to get hooked up.  I wonder if the loss revenue would not make up for adding team members to get the job done.

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