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Thursday, June 01, 2006


We Will Rock You

We get mail: Hey, how's that backyard project coming along?!

Thanks for asking. Last I mentioned it, I had made a big muddy mess trying to level out a sloped backyard. I briefly contemplated calling in the professionals, but my son was learning about perseverance at school and I took that lesson to heart. I kept at it, moving dirt around, scraping and digging, until it actually started looking like what I had envisioned.

After about a week, and two heavy equipment rentals, I had a flat and level area on which to plant grass. The kids will be able to kick a ball around without it rolling away toward the house. I don't know how many tons of dirt I moved, but I must've pulled a thousand rocks out of the ground, ranging from the size of a golfball all the way up to the size of a watermelon.

Since all that dirt got pushed and piled around the perimeter of the yard, my next step was to build a retaining wall. I'm in the middle of that right now, as you can see in these pictures...

These rocks are heavier than they look. The smallest is around 40 pounds, while the largest can easily top 100. And here I am with my little furniture dolly, maneuvering these things into place while the guy next door has pro landscapers wheeling around his yard on Bobcat steer loaders hardly breaking a sweat.

There's a great deal of satisfaction at doing things yourself. I'm teaching my kids a valuable lesson about hard work, perseverance, determination, and saving a bit of money.

I'm also showing them that you have to be really careful while hauling such heavy materials, as they've been front and center to see me smash various fingers and toes.

Why do kids laugh so much when Daddy hurts himself?


Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Ooh, ouch! As someone who has experienced the pains (and satisfactions) of doing her own landscaping projects, you have my sympathies.

11:07 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's done.

7:18 AM  
Blogger toadman said...

This is a HUGE project! But it's looking awesome. Be sure to let everyone see it when it's done, k? I dig gardening stuff, and have gone nutso with it this year....

8:25 AM  
Anonymous chip said...

wow, impressive. that looks like one of those projects you only want to do once in your lifetime.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

At least you're unearthing nice, big rocks that have landscaping value. In my back yard I've been excavating an ancient broken brick patio and random pieces of roofing shingles. Perhaps I've got the makings for a neat, mixed-media project for the wee ones?

8:15 PM  
Blogger Hannelie said...

whow, I like the rocks, they look beautifull and yes, not heavy.
Are you considering a rock and cactus garden in a corner somewhere too? Make use of them while you have them.
Can't wait to see the end product.
I agree with you, good examples for kids always pays off.

10:39 PM  
Blogger steven edward streight said...

How did you manage to get your browser to Copy the iTunes played most playlist?

I cannot get mine to do that, or can I? Which browser did you use? I have Avant, Opera, Firefox, IE, Netscape.

I was born on George Harrison's birthday, so he was always my favorite Beatle. And he was a spiritual seeker, rather than pure hedonist egotist.

Do you ever post YouTube videos, with player embeds, on this blog?

You are a pioneer of displaying mp3 links on a blog, one of the first blogs to do so.

I'm a blogologist/web analyst/IT consultant.

Happy to put you on my blogroll at Vaspers the Grate today!

Love how you encourage book reading. You have stolen my heart professionally now. I have stacks of books everywhere from bedroom to kitchen to basement.

Very tidy house, don't misunderstand. But book shelves and racks and stacks in every room. By my computer right now it gets ugly. I have piles of books surrounding me, plus tons of CDs.

Books around my computer:

Democracy in America

Tropic of Cancer

Jung: Man and His Symbols

Holmes: The Professor at the Breakfast Table

Shelley: Poetical Works

Langdon Winner: Autonomous Technology

Oswald Chambers: Studies in the Sermon on the Mount


9:45 AM  
Blogger steven edward streight said...

I love computer music, gardening, blogology, web usability, astonomy, landscaping.

Yeah buddy. Let me get into the dirt and the digital tones.

Birds are flying musicians.

Music is rarefied air. (BUSONI, composer)

9:46 AM  

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