My April felt like a sandwich. The first week and the last days of the month were sliced treats of delicious, hand crafted sourdough bread filled by almost three weeks of a slimy, slightly off-tasting, maybe even salmonella contaminated filling.
Week 1 – A Tennessee trip and time spent with family, flowering trees in full bloom, and a mountaintop wedding. For a flavor of that week, check my two April blog posts highlighting wedding presents and travel souvenirs.
The last days of April – A whirlwind of warp speed activities as the church building team performed due diligence exploring zoning and building codes, attaining soil boring reports, performing environmental testing and, peculiar to our southeastern corner of Minnesota, conducting Dakota Edge delineation. When we submitted our Letter of Intent to Purchase land for a new church, we proposed a 90-day timeline for all of this work. After back-and-forth negotiations, the seller accepted our financial offer but would allow only four weeks for study. Unbelievably, the myriad of required professionals were able to find time in busy schedules to accomplish the numerous inspections of the property including all the relevant tests. The stars aligned and not just “in a galaxy far, far away…”
The middle of my month is a sea of days lost to Covid. After three years of careful sequestration, masks, and practical activities (as well as not so practical actions like wiping groceries) Richard and I were both sick. Even after the specific symptoms– fever, congestion, cough, and tiredness – subsided, I felt my brain was Covid-addled to the point I worried I might adversely affect building team decisions. But, not to fear, my trusted colleagues persevered and double checked my work so that we close on this unique parcel of nearly 40 wooded acres on May 10.