A Tour of My Office in a Construction Zone

During our home addition and remodel we’ve taken a tiny 1,232 square foot house and moved all the stuff from half of it into the other half. That has required some, uh,  adjustments. The images above of my “temporary” office reflect some of them. Note the plain pine board laid across two file cabinets I use as my desk. In this “office” are 95% of my clothes, much of our non-perishable food storage, Heidi’s classroom supplies, my office equipment, and several boxes of goodness-knows what.

I’m also wired to need quiet to do my investment research and writing. What I get five days a week are a cacophony often consisting of such things as a Bobcat, demo hammer, meal grinders, nail guns, and construction workers yelling to each other. They have to yell in order to hear each other over the noise and from various parts of the construction area and the using they sometimes blare. It’s okay, though, because there is a thin sheet of plastic between all of that and my office.

It’s all been quite and adventure and I count my blessings many times a day that we’re able to do a remodel and addition to our home and to have these men and women working hard on our behalf.

I’m sharing this post with you so that you’ll know when I say I’ll be glad when it’s all over, I REALLY, REALLY mean it.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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9 Responses to A Tour of My Office in a Construction Zone

  1. utesmile says:

    This is the best opportunity to sort things out and throw things you don’t need anymore… in those goodness knows what boxes. 🙂

    • Russ Towne says:

      The stuff in those boxes is just important items that have been buried under other important items. Believe it or not, this is what’s left after we did two rounds of giving away stuff we don’t use or need anymore. Other than a few nostalgia items, I tend to donate or throw out everything I haven’t used in a year. With one exception I could fit everything material that I’d want to keep in a single carload of stuff. I like to keep life as simple possible and not let processions own me. My Beloved would need a MUCH larger vehicle but she isn’t a hoarder, and many of the things she has and loves are what help to make our house a warm and inviting home.

      • utesmile says:

        Us women do need a bit more space, I relate to that. Also I understand about loved things and emotionally valued items, of course you keep them and give them later a special place.

  2. Yeah I am sure you will be glad when it is all said and done

  3. ksbeth says:

    i wondered how it was going and how you were all managing. you seem to all have ability to adapt to your circumstances with a smile and a nod. )

    • Russ Towne says:

      I try to keep in mind the saying that “If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all.” Actually, all things considered, things could be much, much worse.

  4. Mrs. P says:

    After all this clamoring the silence will be deafening! Hopefully after all that thinning of stuff you’ll have to be careful not to follow Carlin’s mantra about getting more space to store more stuff.

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