Lessons in home remodeling

by singlemomseeking on September 1, 2011

The first thing I’ve learn about building a home is this: you’ve got to pour the foundation before you can frame. And the second thing? The world of contractors is a small one.

When the Israeli sub-contractor showed up at 8 a.m. with his crew last week, I said “good morning” to him in Hebrew. He smiled.

That night, I got home from work, and Chris gave me a hug. “I had an interesting conversation with the foundation guy today.”


“He said to me, ‘I know your wife from somewhere. But I just don’t know where.’ ”

I raised my eyebrows at him because I could guess where this might be going.

Chris went on: “I told him, ‘Oh, I know where you know my wife from.’ ”

“And then?”

“Then I asked if he knew your Israeli ex. And he said, ‘That’s it!’ ” (My Israeli ex was a foundation guy, too.)

At the end of the day, I guess it’s a relief that it wasn’t my ex who poured our foundation. It would have felt weird to have an ex literally laying the foundation for this new chapter in my life.

After the cement dried, a huge pile of wood was delivered in our driveway. Then, our contractors started hammering. The three of us go out there every night, in awe, as we look at the frame of our future home.


And the winner of French Lessons? Congratulations to Cat!

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Home Improvement CT October 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

This a great lesson on Home remodeling..:).. can you really imagine if your Ex is the one who poured the foundation of your home , this will be extra weird. Great work Rachael… love all your articles.


rachael September 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

is that the israeli guy you ended your book with?
.-= rachael´s last blog ..puppy update. =-.


Single Mom Seeking September 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm

@Rachael: Indeed, that IS the Israeli guy at the end of my book. We broke up just as my book came out.
.-= Single Mom Seeking´s last blog ..Lessons in home remodeling =-.


rachael September 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

did you say, “thanks for the material in my book”

haha. ;0)
.-= rachael´s last blog ..2 things happened.. a positive and a negative. =-.

T September 2, 2011 at 10:04 am

Wow! That’s a little crazy, isn’t it?!

So excited about the new addition. Can’t wait to see it!
.-= T´s last blog ..Every Single Mom needs one… (part 9) =-.


YourDatingDiva September 2, 2011 at 6:37 am

I always tell my daters to leave their past relationships in the past. When the past in encroaching on your future, it takes a strong bond and a healthy head to not be shaken. Good for you! It sounds like you do have a solid foundation and a well adjusted man to boot!


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