I thought I had the whole thing more or less plotted in my head as far as the big curve, and a good many of the smaller turning point scenes. Since then one of my characters has headed off on his own dark tangent. I mean, he was the bad guy, but he's gone worse! And this tiny tortoiseshell kitten has shown up and inserted herself. I'm not sure what she is going to do yet, but she seems to be quite confident she belongs so I'm gonna roll with that.
Meanwhiile my husband, boy genius and tinker extrodinaire, has taken his birthday present of tools and gone crazy. We can actually take a hot shower now. It isn't done, but it is functional. Wheee - hot showers! That's way better than 7000 words! He's my hero :D