This time the girls didn’t make it to the fort. They had various girl things to do. It has been a while since we’ve been to the fort. There had been lots of rain earlier in the year and that had kept us away, and, once things had dried out, Sam and Gracen reported that there was a lot of poison ivy around.
But we finally made it out and this time we brought implements of destruction with us. We added just a little bit to the walls and enough to the roof that you can, more or less, sort of tell that it has a roof. We think we need some cat tails or something to serve as thatch.
Probably the biggest accomplishment was removing a fairly large dead tree that was threatening the long-term stability of the whole fort endeavour. It’s nice to have a 10 year old around so that we can build forts again. Gracen suggested that we build showyourfort.com next.
When we got back from the fort, Lauren and I helped eat the meat and potatoes that Sam had been smoking . It was the least that we could do. We told the girls all of the things that had changed since the last time we were there as proof that someone else was using the fort, but they informed us that all of the “changes” were the same as last time.
I don’t know if we’ve said this on the website already, but my cousin Sam and his family (Rachel, Anna & Gracen) are coming to Seward. Sam accepted a call to be the 6th grade home room and social studies teacher at St. John. They were up this week to look for a house.
I don’t know that we actually found a house for them, but there are definitely some possibilities. I went with them on most of the house hunting, because I was (a)voiding driving in to Lincoln to work on school stuff and (b)eginning to get some pain free motion back into my neck after the ocean slammed me into the beach in Maui.
It was interesting to look at houses with Sam and Rachel, because they were interested in having a nice sized yard for kids and dogs and I was thinking, “This yard is too big, look at all that mowing.” I don’t think they found their dream house, but they saw a few houses that would work for them.
The housing market in Seward is pretty good right now, so houses that are “desirable” (whatever that means) don’t stay on the market for very long. Sam and the realtor they chose seemed to hit it off, and by the end of the second day of looking they were sharing notes on what they thought various properties were really worth. It was surprising to me that they were pretty much in agreement after 2 days.
Claude (our realtor when we bought our house, may he rest in peace) were pretty much on the same wavelength too, but we had been looking for a house for a year and a half by that time. Claude showed us pretty much every house that was for sale in Seward over a 3 week period, figured out what we were looking for and then left us alone until there was a house that he thought we would be interested in. He was the perfect realtor for us.
After about 6 months I Claude and I were on the same wavelength too as far as what houses in Seward are generally going to sell for. Sam must be more of a real estate mogul than I am.