Wonderful Surprise!


The workers came to start framing the garage today. Such a treat, having the garage that much closer to being workable, and especially, having something different in my life.

As much of a hermit as I am, it’s still been hard to be so isolated, especially when life has been the same, day after day after day.

But today, things were not the same. Nor are they the same tonight. While three of the men worked on the garage, one worked in the basement, concreting the floor beneath the water heater and fixing a leaking pipe. I was all set to be without water tonight so that the concrete could cure, which I could have handled — sort of like an indoor camping trip — but they managed to seal off the hot water pipes. So I have water! Cold water, but it’s still water.

They’re supposed to be back tomorrow to do more work, which will be great. Not just because of additional progress on the building project, and not just for the entertainment value, but to start using up the materials that have been littering my yard for months. It wasn’t so bad in the winter when I didn’t go out anyway, but now that I have a few plants to take care of, I do have to go out, and it’s rather unsafe trying to meander around equipment and stumbling across uneven ground.

I’m looking forward to having my yard back. Meantime, tomorrow should be another wonderful day filled with joy.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

7 Responses to “Wonderful Surprise!”

  1. Royann Behrmann Says:


  2. Judy Galyon Says:

    I am glad the they are making such good progress. I know you will be thrilled with the finished process. Will the car be pulled straight in beside your house? I will be interested to see the pictures!! Enjoy!!

  3. Cicy Says:

    Oh I am happy for you!

  4. Sam Sattler Says:

    What a nice surprise, Pat! It doesn’t take much to entertain us these days, does it? Any break in the routine is welcomed around here, no matter how minor it might turn out to be. It’s going to look really nice when done – and the best thing is that you can reclaim your yard. Enjoy.

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