A week ago yesterday was Cyber Monday. The only thing we bought was a case of wine from our favorite winery, Parallel 44 in Kewaunee, WI. Of all the wines we’ve tried from California and all other parts of the USA, not to mention Italy and several other foreign countries, Frozen Tundra Red is our absolute favorite! We belong to their wine club where we get a shipment 4 times a year of 3 different wines of theirs. Plus we get 25% off on purchases. We live 3 hours away so driving up to get it isn’t a option. They had free shipping 1 day only so we jumped on it. We didn’t even have to pay sales tax since it was shipped out of state. It’s a win/win! How could I justify buying it? Well, my blood pressure meds (the only prescription I’m on) cost $150 for 3 months. Diovan JUST came out with a generic and my 3 month prescription now cost us $30! We just so happened to save enough to pay for most of the wine purchase. Yay! That’s 2 reasons to celebrate. 🙂
December 4, 2012 by almostakiss
A week ago, our neighbors behind us to the left (directly behind our next door neighbor) put up a 6 foot tall wire fence. They already had a 3 foot tall wire fence. Whoever they hired to put it up for them placed the new one about 6 inches in from the other one. I had never seen anyone not take down the previous fence before replacing it. Plus that morning it was 19 degrees and having to work with that freezing metal must’ve been so unpleasant. My hubby and I got in a bit of a tiff that night. After he left for work that morning, I had to listen to the pounding for a few more hours and it got on my nerves big time. I’m “sound sensitive” and just don’t do well with noise in general. I was worried about the gap between the 2 fences and if they were going to leave that one up, there would be weeds growing between the 2 fences and mice galore. Not to mention other unwanted critters. I was telling hubby this while we were watching tv that night. I said I was thinking of calling the city and see what they’d say about it. He told me not to, to just let it go. In a gruff tone. Then I pouted for awhile. I sit with my arms crossed and breath heavy so he knows I’m fuming. Yes, I’m a baby but not as big of a baby as he is! So there. In case you were wondering, we’ve cornered the market on childishness. 😉 Then he grabbed my foot and told me he realized that all I wanted was for him to listen and take my side. He knew I would never get around to calling the city. So we made up right away and it wasn’t really a fight but then he said he figured out that it might be a temporary fence that they put up when a house is going to be torn down.
On Thursday morning we walked the dogs by there and sure enough there was a Demolition Order on the house. Within an hour of reading it, we saw and heard some commotion over there so walked over (with cameras) to investigate. Sure enough, the house was being torn down. By one guy in a backhoe and another guy running a water hose from the hydrant down the block. We thought the 2nd guy was needed to wet it down so nothing burst into flames or sparked a fire. We found out it is just to soften the material up and it crushes easier. Neither one of us had ever seen a house demolished up close and personal. A few months after we moved here 17 years ago, we were up in WI for the day. We left early int he morning and when we returned at night, the house kitty corner behind us to the right (one house apart from the one being torn down now) was GONE. We had no clue it was going to happen and we missed the whole thing! Back then we didn’t have a digital camera to capture the progress either. I took a million pictures which I never would’ve done before digital cameras. Back when you had to buy film, I might take ONE picture of a subject, if that. I was so cheap and worried about wasting film. It’s a whole new world now when you can take as many photos as you want!
The couple who lived in the former house were there watching and we talked to them a bit. They’ve lived there over 20 years. They are staying with her sister while their dream house is being built. I’m so excited and happy for them! They said they’re building a small 2,000 square foot single story home. It’ll just be the way they want it, finally. I don’t know all the faults and problems with the house they had or why they wanted to destroy it but they were pretty happy to be rid of it. My hubby asked if they were going to keep one brick from the old house and they said NO, they didn’t want anything from it! In Park Ridge, every lot is taken. There are no empty lots and probably haven’t been for many decades. This location is prime since it is one of the closest suburbs to Chicago plus it has one of the best school systems. So either someone has to pay a fortune now for a house here or buy a cheaper house and tear it down and rebuild. Since we went and saw it, I’ve been teasing my hubby about having our house demolished. He would never go for that. He talks about adding an addition on over the garage or making our kitchen bigger (what we were going to do when we first moved in but thought it was too expensive). I marveled at the fact that the couple moved every stitch of their belongings out of that house. The husband said “I’m going to die in that house” when talking about the house they’ll be building. I felt like saying “I’m going to die in my current house because it’s going to kill me”. We joke a lot about drowning in our basement…
I’m not looking forward to the noise the next 6 months as the construction is underway. But I am looking forward to documenting it through photographs. Yesterday I woke up at 7 am and it was dark as a sack out. Then I heard the worst thunder I’d ever heard and was dreading getting up with it storming so badly. At 8 am, I got up to find that it had stopped raining but that wasn’t thunder I heard, it was construction. The backhoe was taking out the remains of the concrete basement and the rest of the debris. Within a few hours, the lot had no evidence of what stood there before. Not a single brick, piece of wood, metal or plastic left. We’ve got better than a bird’s eye view since all we have to do is walk back to our lot line (lots here are 50′ by 125′) and I can snap a quick pic. Both my hubby and Mom have commented in the last few days that this is a unique town in that every house looks different! No two look alike. Some really interesting architecture and enough diversity to satisfy any taste. That’s where Park Ridge gets its motto: “A wonderful place to live.” True that.