Dig Baby Dig! Construction Site Is Established!

Fact:  Around 40% of all seaborne cargo is oil.

It’s going to be another hot one so I decided to go to the pool today.  The public pool is right around the corner but I have been banned from going there again!

The yard is now looking like a construction site.  This will be going on for about 6-8 weeks as it is a large job.  I watched a documentary about how they fix steel girders together last night. It was riveting!

The shade is needed because it is in the 90s for most of the day!

Our contractor was on time today because, at 10:00 AM, we heard a clatter of machinery and an engine starting up.  We had a Bobcat in the driveway. Not the wild kind!

Well, he measured and came to inform us that the gate had to be removed, and we had to dig up Mary’s little flower garden.  The plants went into plastic bags and I watered them.  I plan to rototill the bed they came from and add peralite.

We had brunch at about 11:00 AM, and most of the goodies came from the garden we had established already.  There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.

Good groceries!

He made it past the gas meter with 1.2 to spare.

He passed through two gates and about eighty feet of concrete block wall, entering the backyard with a thud.

Made it with inches to spare.

Now the easy part begins.  The Bobcat will be here for two days, and then we will trade it for a trencher, which will be used for the foundation of the brick walls that retain the soil.

Run for the south forty

The first bite is taken, and we warned him the ground was hard!  He worked for fifteen minutes getting the Bobcat to get a grip on the soil.

Taking the first bite

The first swath was tough; the ground was hard.

By the end of the afternoon, he got a fair amount loosened up.  Tomorrow the remainder will be removed, and the whole area will be taken down 4-6 inches.

40′ by 30′ area will be cleared so the garden can go in around mid-August!

We went off to the gym at 4:00 PM and worked the kinks out of our backs from the long ride to Oregon.  I’m into fitness. Fit’ness pizza in my mouth.

We passed by Jan’s on our return and brought her some goodies.  We made it home just before sunset.

My knee was still questionable, so I sat on the patio and read a book while Mary worked in the yard trimming plants.

We crashed at about 9:00 PM.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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