15....and counting

October 31st was Halloween for a lot of you, (not if you live in Fallon though, we celebrated on the 29th as Fallon celebrates Nevada Day on the 31st). But for me....it was a birthday of sorts..of our house. The House That Bob Built is now marking it's 15th birthday. Bob, for those of you that don't know us - is my husband of 38 years, my best friend, my confident....and oh yes, the builder of our home. It was a hot summer day that they cleared the then one acre field of alfalfa and marked out the foundation of our house. 89 days, yes 89 DAYS later, it was finished! During those months we were camped out in a crowded little house by the Stillwater refuge, but enjoying our evenings eating pizza at the job site and gathering more and more information from different dealers on what appliance, lighting, plumbing fixtures, carpeting, linoleum, tubs....you get the picture. We were building a home. Having been in construction for years before we started our home, Bob had some pretty "set in stone" rules. The biggest one was Black Black No Trade Back! There were to be no changes once we got started. Couldn't decide that the windows needed to be bigger or smaller, couldn't place a door at the west instead of the east, couldn't move walls to accommodate a bigger living room...black black..NO trade back. But in the end, he was right, as he most often is, darn it....and we kept the house under budget and got the home that we wanted....needed....and to this day...love.

Here it is 15 years later. We have changed the gardens outside many many times. We have added a multitude of trees, rose gardens everywhere the sun shines, an extra large garage out back for Bob's passion - off road motorcycle racing/riding and we have raised our daughter through high school/ sent her off to college/welcomed her future husband into our home as our son/ had their wedding reception in the backyard/ and watched as the little tree we planted out back grew it's branches strong enough to accommodate a swing for their sons. We are happy people, and we love our house....our home...and yes...I want to say...after all these years.....

Thank you Bob, I still love the "House that Bob Built"