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After Global Surveys phoned me this morning to say the city didn’t authorize compliance with my buildings, I did a little research.  It appears that the two half-sheds that house my garden supplies and my bicycle and patio furniture is too close to the property line.  Well, I knew that of course, because when Lois, Les and I built those sheds, we knew it was too close.  We chose to do it anyway, thinking that when I sold the house, we would deal with the problem then.  

The garden sheds were made up of two halves of an old metal storage shed.  It took the three of us two days to create the sheds, which abutted the side of the carport.  They have served me very well for the past 12 years.  The city department told me I had 2 choices: remove the lean-to, or apply for a development permit and go through the process of re-surveying, etc.  I decided to tear it down.  At 11:00 a.m. I dressed in my work clothes, gathered screw drivers, hammer and pry bar, and headed to the carport.  I was just to start when my neighbour Paul walked down the lane, on his way to work out at the gym.  We greeted each other, I explained I was moving, and my goal was to tear down the sheds.  What a sweetie he has turned out to be!  He passed on going to the gym, went back to his place and returned with a power drill with a reversible action, plus many more tools. 

I must be guided by someone or something pretty powerful, because Paul worked with me for over three hours.  He persevered through rusty screws, nuts and bolts, and even cleared the snow off the roof that covered the middle alcove between the sheds.  I realized quite quickly that I would not have been able to do this myself.  I would have become super frustrated.  Here was this sweet man – strong and fit and owning all the necessary tools!  He took a few items for his own garden, but I owe him bigtime. 

When I tackle the second shed on Saturday, I’ll know the necessary sequence.  If he can help again, all the better.  What do you give a neighbour who helps out spontaneously?  I suggested a gift certificate to his favourite restaurant, but he seemed hesitant.  I’ll ask his wife. 

Spirit, thank you so much for sending me outside at the exact moment Paul would be walking down the lane.  I truly am guided in this move, and all the preparation for it.

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