In case any of you were worried about the new creek bed, don’t. It remains dry and in pristine unused condition. Our basement, on the other hand, continues to churn out a stead stream of water every 10-15 minutes, courtesy of two brand new sump pumps with a big battery for back- up in case of power failure.
I was out of town for two days and things, apparently have been happening. I let the dog out this morning and saw this in the backyard:
And right now, this is in the street:
I took that shot too soon – the red dump truck just dumped it’s contents into the circle and more men and machines showed up. The plan, if I understand correctly, is to install a pipe under the ground in my backyard and run it to the street, create a new catch basin right at Orange Cone #1, connect that under the street to the existing catch basin at Orange Cone #2 and it will all work by gravity and everything will be great.
In other news about things that didn’t work out – you might remember we had a new concrete stoop installed at the end of the summer. We found an ironmonger with a great reputation and contracted with him to install a beautiful railing along the sides and down the single step so poor old Suzette will have something to reach for in case she goes ass over teakettle when going up or down. [A note on language here: I want you to know that Spellcheck changed my original "ironworker" to "ironmonger". It inspired me to change my original "ass over tits" to "ass over teakettle . Rarely do I appreciate Spellcheck's interference in my creative process, but this time thatbastard helped me to stay classy.]
The railing was a custom order but it would take three weeks until the job was done. The timing was great because that meant I could clean up a the end-of-season sales on fancy flower pots and all-weather wicker accessories for a new stoopscape. Well, he’s had our $800 deposit since September and there’s no railing. We can’t get him to answer our calls or emails. So, not only did I miss the end-of-season all-weather wicker sales but my whole Xmas light strategy this year was dependent on that railing being in place. So, you know - potential falls AND War on Christmas. 9 days until Christmas and we can’t come up with an alternate lighting plan. Well, I did have a plan that involved color-changing battery operated tea lights on timers but it didn’t work out.
Ain’t nobody got time for this. I have packages to wrap, Xmas biscotti to make and two birthdays to celebrate in the next 9 days. Also, a little thing like work. I should probably focus on the work part so I can hang onto my job as we all tumble over the fiscal cliff.