After months of ignoring my repeated emails, and phone calls, and getting nothing but total silence regarding the boat I am supposed to receive as a part of the HGTV 2016 Dream Home Grand Prize, HGTV has lit a fire under the boat company and they have been heard from. Originally ordered in late May it sounds like it will soon be ready – knock on wood – (according to the company president)! Supposedly the hull has been laminated and it is out of the shell, and now is ready for the engine to be installed and the interior rigging etc… I have asked that, since the docks are now in for the winter, and the lake is about to ice over, that they hold on delivery until the Spring – this will save me winter storage fee and defer the taxes on the boat for a year! Feeling somewhat positive about this prospect, Meg and I went to Candlewood Lake to visit the Marina/Dealership where the boat will be delivered!
We had a very good visit and learned a lot. We met with the sales manager and told our story, and he told us about some recent issues with the boat company regarding customer service, but he also told us that the quality of the boat is as high as ever – which is very good news! We also met with the owner of the marina/dealership and he told us that the president of the boat company had been in touch with him about taking delivery in the spring, which is somewhat re-assuring. They also assured us regarding some of the issues we had regarding using/driving the boat and summer/winter storage at the marina etc…. We are confident now that we should have a great first year with the boat using their marina on Candlewood lake as a home base. Now this is still all dependent on the boat company actually coming thru with the delivery in March.
The tile for the back splash in the kitchen was scheduled to arrive at the tile shop today so the tile contractor can start installation on Monday so the back splash will be completed for Christmas. Unfortunately, UPS tried to deliver after the tile shop was closed so they could not deliver the tile and will try again on Monday! I had originally scheduled the tile contractor to come on Monday so that he could get everything installed for Christmas. Tiling the back splash is scheduled to take three days starting on Monday, but I don’t know if he can work three days starting on Tuesday into his schedule. Everything is very up in the air right now and to quote Col. Hannibal Smith, “I love it when a plan comes together,” I don’t do particularly well when a plan doesn’t come together.
Carolyn got home from college yesterday and her main plans for Christmas break is to buy/adopt a kitten! The kitten will live with us for a month or so until Carolyn returns to Ithaca for her last semester. Kate & Kenny (who is allergic to both live Christmas Trees and Cats/Dogs) are coming to Connecticut for like 3 days and will be here for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. While Meg and I have gotten used to living empty nest style, we are really looking forward to everyone coming for Christmas! I have a considerable amount of work to get done before the holidays including some presents to carve – hopefully they will turn out well – and present shopping, food shopping, decorating etc…. Meg is working thru Friday, so I am trying to get as much done as possible, so that she doesn’t have to try to get everything done in the evenings.
I hope that everyone has a great holiday with friends and family!