Mucking about

I spent a good deal of time this afternoon sitting around in the waiting room of yet another medical office, waiting to see the surgeon who had thoughtfully extracted my gallbladder and freed me from constant worry about doubling over in agonizing pain after eating something. Followup visits have been the story of my life this past year.

Luckily, I had a book with me. In the 40-odd minutes I waited, I read 140 pages and engaged in some side discussion with the woman sitting next to me, who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and who was there to schedule her procedures. My discussion and visit with the very kind surgeon lasted less than ten.

Which is fine, really. After all, the surgery went well, I’ve had no complications, and the worst I feel of it now is when I try to lift something heavier than I should be lifting, or try to push or pull something at waist level. The cement used to patch the incisions is starting to flake and peel off, and underneath one patch is a very thin, light scar. The other three will probably not be quite as thin or as light. But as I am not a belly dancer, I imagine this will not cause me any sleepless nights.

After I finished up at the surgeon and came home, thunder started rumbling in the distance, and the clouds swept in, blown by a quickly-moving cold front that promises us temperatures only in the upper 80s instead of the lower 90s. I wasn’t expecting any rain, but suddenly the wind shifted, the chimes out back started tinkling as they rocked back and forth, and the clouds opened up, draining themselves as they scurried along.

That made it a good time to go take a look at the property that has been keeping me up nights.

The reason for the look during torrential downpours is because – as our realtors keep reminding us – the front half of the property is in a flood plain, or so it says on the city’s maps. The owners say the land has never flooded, something I believe but our realtors don’t, but the best way to find out is to go look during a storm in progress – especially down here, where we can go a long time without significant rains, which makes the soil hard, which in turn can lead to minor flash flooding when a good storm rolls through (or major flash flooding, if the conditions are right).

So, I gathered up my mom and we rolled out another eight miles or so and turned down the road to what I hope will be my new abode. What we found was absolutely nothing: no water pooled anywhere except in the parking lot of a dead convenience store on the corner and in the ruts of a couple of unimproved gravel or sandy driveways leading back to other homes. Other than that, there was no standing water anywhere. That’s rather heartening.

Besides, I’ve pretty much decided I don’t care what our realtors say: that property is calling to me unlike any of the other places we’ve seen in the past two and a half months of looking at house after house. Must be the inner farmgirl coming out, or maybe it’s the anticipation of building the house I really want instead of settling for something already built but without all the pieces falling into place.

I’d like to walk the property before I leave for San Antonio for a week. I’d like to see if what’s in my head for planning matches what’s available on the land. I’d like to be able to continue my planning of putting in tomatoes with basil and mint around them; strawberries and borage nestling together, with squashes coming in after the strawberries for the high summer months; nasturtiums and marigolds all around. I’d like to continue my recovery and rehabilitation in a place where I can make things grow, where I can touch new life.

7 thoughts on “Mucking about”

  1. You won’t be able to get flood insurance if it’s in a flood plain, will you? Or do they even offer flood insurance in Florida?

  2. Oh, sure, you can get flood insurance. For that property, it’s only about $400/year, in fact – another thing that tells me it’s probably never flooded to the extent that anyone’s made a claim. Since it’s just the front part of the property (and not very much of it) that’s listed as being in the flood plain, it’s a little curious as to why the map is drawn that way – the properties to the side of that one are not listed as having any portion in the flood plain. It’s all very, very strange.

    We were mulling over chicken names the other day: Hen-rietta, Egg-lectra, and Quiche. My sister objects to the last one, but I think it’s hilarious.

  3. Property sounds fab. Grow corn and raise hens for the eggs, and I’ll pay you to ship me cornbread! 😉

  4. Sounds like the perfect solution for you, and who wouldn’t want to be able to grow what they eat?? Well, when you think about it… Good Luck!!

  5. Awesome! I figured it would be like trying to get earthquake insurance in California.

    I have a cousin who’s a gentleman farmer. He’s a teacher but he has a few acres, and a huge vegetable garden, and he always has goats and chickens and dogs and cats. It seems absolutely idyllic to me. And it does sound like a perfect place to recover.

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