Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mud Wrestling Anyone?

There it is folks, 110 feet of mucky, torn up yard!
They trenched in our power line last week. It rained every day after that, so we really have a mess. I knew it would be a mess, but it bummed me out seeing the wreck our front yard has become. Now I can't wait for it to snow, so it covers this eyesore up until we can work on it next spring.
Here's Virgil with his new rock friends that got dug up by the trenching machine.

On a brighter note, we finished our garage-insulating project last weekend. I tried to get some pictures, but the flash isn't working on our camera. I think the flash might just be turned off. I'll have L see if he can turn it back on, so I can photograph our finished product.

This weekend we hope to get the new cover for our AC unit built. Then we can get our regular winterizing done. THEN, we can try to get the inside of our house back in order before the holidays! Is it just me, or does everyone let housecleaning fall by the wayside while they're working on other projects? Around here, there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything!


At 10/25/2007 4:36 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Wow, what ruts! Ya know, contractors should absolutely be required to put things back like they were. But they never do.

One thing is sure about work on property - its never done!

At 10/25/2007 5:10 PM, Blogger SME said...

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At 10/25/2007 5:13 PM, Blogger SME said...

Virgil's friend look a little wonder he's still mad.

I think Romero has been trying to hit on my rock lamp.

Is Grandpa's birthday tomorrow?

At 10/25/2007 8:49 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Gardenia, the subcontractor that trenched in the power line would fix the yard....for a price. :(

SME, Romero hits on the "hotter" rocks, but Virgil makes up for it in volume. ;)
Yes, tomorrow is Grandpa's birthday. They'll be here around 5.

At 10/25/2007 8:55 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

Sorry about your yard. Maybe some straw thrown over it would help firm it up and keep the mud tracking to a minimum.

At 10/25/2007 10:37 PM, Blogger SME said...

Heh heh, Romero will be sooo jealous.

At 10/25/2007 11:02 PM, Blogger Sonja said...

Work - it just never ends.

At 10/26/2007 7:05 AM, Blogger Jeannie said...

I would rake it out as flat as you can and throw a ton of grass seed down - it will take first thing in the spring. Or get some seconds of turf and slap it down. Probably wouldn't cost all that much.

At 10/26/2007 9:03 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

It doesn't take much to derail housecleaning for me. :-)

Now I see why you said your yard was messed up. So sorry.

At 10/26/2007 10:02 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

It's just you. All the rest of us manage a 40+ work week, volunteer, still make time for the family and have a spotless house. Really, what is wrong with you people?! LMAO Oh pulleaseeee, you should see my house! We're having out of town guests this weekend, with children, and every room in the house has to be cleaned by tomorrow morning. So every spare moment, including my lunch break is devoted to washing linens and picking up. Work of one sort or another is never ending.

At 10/26/2007 3:33 PM, Blogger Miladysa said...

What? I can't believe it... you actually want snow?!!

At 10/27/2007 8:35 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Hammer, we don't need to walk where the mud is, so it should be OK until spring.

Sonja, you got it!

Jeannie, it's all clay, so we have to rototill some black dirt into it and level it off. We just don't have enough time to do this and all the winterizing that needs to be done this fall.

Squirl and VV, I'm happy to hear it's not just me! ;)

SA, I LOVE winter! I think the main reason I like winter is because I don't have to work outside for awhile. Winter gives me a chance to catch up on the housework.

At 10/27/2007 10:16 AM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Hmm.. with me lately, it's not a matter of not enough time for home projects. It's totally a matter of motivation. It's horrible because I'm not usually that way. I think I need some strategies to get my butt in gear - I still have plenty of baseboards to paint. :-/

At 10/27/2007 10:20 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Yuckie. I hope it snows soon to cover that up for you. But at least it happened before it snowed where you dont have gross looking snow and muck sitting there for the winter. And plus at least they could dig instead of it being frozen.

At 10/27/2007 10:36 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Air conditioning? It's almost November. Isn't it like 50 below zero by now in MN? ;)

At 10/28/2007 1:09 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

YAY you're back! That's quite the path, but Hammer's right, some straw will at least keep it from getting worse over the winter.

I don't cover my a/c unit anymore because the mice found it makes a nice winter home, and they started eating the insulation inside.

At 10/29/2007 12:08 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Oh - I'm so glad to see that everything got dug up before the freeze. What a PITA, though.

Girl - about the housework - it defintely is NOT just you! lol. There just isn't enough time and as I found out when the old house was up for sale, that dusting thing just isn't happening for me. ;-) There are just too many other things more important. Although it leaves cleaning day a bit hectic and nerve-wracking.

At 10/29/2007 6:39 AM, Blogger Pam said...

Um, you name your rocks up there? Most people here in the cities have D-O-G-S or C-A-T-S as pets, but I think rocks sound like a lot less work. And I'm probably not allergic to them!

I say bring on the snow -- like you, I appreciate the way it hides the unfinished business outside.

Glad you got the power line fixed.

At 10/29/2007 11:51 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

I think it's too cold to mud wrestle. Otherwise, I might be interested.

At 10/29/2007 5:33 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Notta, I've been having motivation problems lately too. :(
When I was pregnant, I'd go into a "nesting" frenzy. I guess that won't work for me now.

Tweets, yeah, I'm glad they got it done before the ground froze.

ZS, smartass! ;)
It's been 30-35F at night and 45-60F during the day. Don't worry; the below 0 temps are coming.

Bridg, the cover we're building is like a roof for the AC unit. Our house has a metal roof, and we don't want all the snow and ice sliding off the roof onto to the AC.
The cover we built for the unit, 11 years ago, wasn't going to make it through another winter. :(

Monica, it will be a HUGE PITA restoring our yard next summer! :(

LOL! Right now I'm just telling everybody that the dust and cobwebs are Halloween decorations. I don't suppose that will work for Thanksgiving and Christmas though.

Pam, you always crack me up!
We HAD a pair of decorative rocks; one with a scowl, the other with a smile. My daughter and her family kidnapped the smiley rock when they were here. Now, the rocks have names...and personalities! The kidnapped rock in Edmonton even has a blog. You're right; the further north you go, the loonier the people get. ;)

WC, if you're still interested next spring; I'll hold up on the grass seed. ;)

At 10/29/2007 10:48 PM, Blogger SME said...

The smiley rock was a stowaway! Really!

At 10/30/2007 11:47 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

How well I know that sinking feeling when the yard is torn up and MUD replaces pretty green lawn. It's the pits, and part of the project - the part I hate. I have a small area of mud remaining as we finally got our concrete patio poured (over what was our lake). A few dry days and I'm so out there planting plants and grass. Different climate here, you know. I still have time - I think.

You know full well that you are not alone in the neglect of the indoors while another project demands attention. Same here. Slowly I'm getting things back in order as we end Phase 1 (the exterior of the addition) and begin Phase 2 (the interior). Whew. Throw in a few holidays and a few surprises and I'm about ready for the Funny Farm.

Glad the garage insulating is done! Good for you.

Virgil looks like a good sentinel to me.

At 10/30/2007 10:07 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Cherie, I KNEW you'd understand!
I wouldn't feel so bad if it wasn't for the fact that we just got done repairing the damage to our yard that was done when they built the garage last year. :(

On the bright side, I actually made some headway in the house today!

At 10/31/2007 10:43 PM, Blogger Vest said...

I am so pleased to hear the garage is finaly finished

At 11/02/2007 9:50 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Any snow yet?? LOL.. We are suppose to get some on Wednesday. And then its suppose to stay cold.

At 11/02/2007 4:14 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

Oh, good. Making headway into the housework. I'm taking a break from mine right now, but soon will try to get it finished up.

I hope this is the end of your torn up yard and that once it's 'healed' it will stay that way!

Happy weekend, Tshs!

At 11/02/2007 7:32 PM, Blogger SME said...

You prob'ly could rustle up some mud-wrestlers and charge for tickets! If people will watch honey wrestling on TV, I think they're up for anything.


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