Saturday, June 10, 2006

Wish You Were HERE!

Here's the first piece to our garage: 24 cubic yards of class 5 gravel.

The brown area, to the right, is the site of our former woodpile. It took the 3 of us, 3 days to cut the weeds and brush, and dig the rotted leftover firewood out of the ground. We cut the small trees to the left, as they would be too close to the back wall of the garage.
This is the 1/4th of our back yard, where we tie the dog out. I had the brilliant? idea that the contractor should dump the topsoil he scraped off the garage site back here. This is the lowest area in our yard. Whenever it rains, there's 3 inches of standing water back here. Now we need to rototill this dirt and rake it out so the yard slopes down to the back corner of the yard. Hopefully we'll get this done before the grass starts growing on the topsoil.
Here's the nice level gravel pad for our garage floor. The apple tree in the foreground is history. I cut it down and grubbed out the stump. I set aside the wood, which will be cut up for BBQ smoke.
Here's our floor; all formed, rerodded, and ready for concrete, hopefully TODAY.

I soooooo want one of these!! This machine beats the hell out of my wheelbarrow, shovel, and rake!


At 6/10/2006 9:21 AM, Blogger Candace said...

WOW!!! You're going to have a real garage!! That's going to be lovely!! Such a difference in the winter. :-) Great idea about where to put the topsoil, and yes, I'd love one of those big toys, too. :-)

At 6/10/2006 9:23 AM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Wow - that's a lot of work! Are you guys making the garage all by yourselves? I'm very impressed!! I feel pain for the missing apple tree, though. :-/

At 6/10/2006 10:09 AM, Blogger European said...

Who DOESN'T want one of those big, orange machine-thingies?

At 6/10/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Wow, you've been busy. Your new swanky car is going to be so happy!

At 6/10/2006 12:45 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Candace, yup, our first garage in 29 yrs of marriage.

Notta, we're hiring it done. We're getting too old to wheelbarrow concrete and hang roof trusses by ourselves!

euro, the only problem with buying one is that it'd take up half of our new garage. ;)

WC, not to mention our 3 yr old truck!

At 6/10/2006 1:19 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

That is really going to be nice. How long will it be before you wonder how you ever got along without it?

I'm happy for you guys. :)

At 6/10/2006 4:14 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Squirl, I'd say about a week. ;)
We're so tickled with the whole project that today we watched the concrete dry. We gotta get a LIFE!

At 6/10/2006 7:43 PM, Blogger Vest said...

The earth moving equipment. Americas answer to slavery 250 years too late.
Its nice to be at an age and be planning for the future
instead of having arrived and waiting for the next bus out.
Plant another apple tree.

At 6/10/2006 7:55 PM, Blogger SME said...

Tell me the apple tree was at least sick! Poor thing. ;)

At 6/10/2006 9:24 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

I am so jealous of your concrete slab. *whining - I want a new garage!* Keep sharing the photos. I can't wait to see the finished product.

At 6/11/2006 8:30 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Vest, THIS slave would certainly love one!
You just keep that bus waiting.

SME, you KNOW how I feel about cutting down my babies, that I've nurtured since they were a foot high! This was the tree that NEVER blossomed, and had some sort of lichen on the bark.
The other apple tree will be at the end of the driveway addition. I'm not sure if it will work out there. Dave says it will; time will tell.

VV, will do! We're as excited as a kid with a new toy. We're enjoying every step of the process. Sickos! ;)

At 6/11/2006 4:53 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Congrats! Hopefully the rest of the project will be even more exciting than the concrete drying!

At 6/11/2006 7:50 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Tshsmom that is SO COOL!! What a mind you have for design and engineering.

Go you!!!

At 6/11/2006 11:59 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

VERY cool! Congratulations!

At 6/12/2006 2:10 PM, Blogger Laura said...

wow... that looks like FUN! (not). At least you'll get a garage out of it though, right?

At 6/12/2006 2:12 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

GWB, it can only go UP from here! ;)

Bridg, it's a mixed blessing. My mind usually winds up creating more work for us to do. :(

Thanks Monica!

At 6/12/2006 3:07 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Laura, it's definitely more fun watching someone else do most of the dirty work. Our drudge work starts after the garage is up.

At 6/12/2006 10:05 PM, Blogger SME said...

Poor li'l tree.

At 6/13/2006 1:02 PM, Blogger Davey said...

I think I heard once that if you ring a bell the Ahmish will drop what they are doing and build you one!? Or it my have been a movie I saw. At any rate congrats on the project and hopefully it can be full of happy memory clutter in no time :) Pics. are up!!!!!!!

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