Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Back Yard Looks Like a Demilitarized Zone....

Wow.  It’s gone from clean to scene in about 2 days here por la casa.  You see, ThatManILove had a dream.  And one of our friends, Doug, is a whiz at drawing out plans...and they're both good at executing said directive.  ThatManILove sees a plan, it's Katy Bar That Door...you can consider that puppy faded, put to bed, complete. No ifs, ands, or buts.
The next thing I knew, there are strange men over here digging up our entire backyard.  Bringing over slabs of rock for me to pick out colors.  Limestone?  Flagstone?  or Rosa?  Or Arizona?  Arrrrrrgggghhhh!  Digging major holes which are, by the way, driving Zanna the Wonder Girl crazy,  since they have filled them with water in order to ready them for cementing.  She swears there are birds in those holes, and tries to swipe them out with her paw.  We think she sees their reflection in the water.  Her high dollar trainers would be so proud of this girly dog.
this morning....


I digress.  Please forgive me.
I came home this afternoon, and there are these huge pillars of wood sticking up in the air.  Trenches dug all over our back yard.  Zanna’s pissed about that, too.  She looks at us like, “Hey.  I get time out when I dig, what the hey?  You’re not even scolding those guys.” 
Did I mention the phone line was inadvertently cut?  Oh, yeah.  Not that we use it, except for dsl.  And at the last minute, when our friend had already come by and replaced our ancient gas line, ThatManILove decided he needed yet another tap for the fire pit?  Can you say “Cha-ching!” three times in a row, really fast?  YIKES.  We passed up the DIY budget days ago.  And ThatManILove’s talking about a “water feature”.  Maybe even a koi pond.  I guess Zack and Zanna would be German Shorthair Fishing Dogs.  
That’s right, fire pit - water feature - koi pond.  ThatManILove is creating his own little Margaritaville oasis in the back yard.  And when he’s on a mission, he’s on one.  And Zanna is more than stressed out and acting all weird.  There are PEOPLE, Mom, invading HER territory!! And Zack?  He’s loving all this activity - because that means ThatManILove is a wee bit distracted. Distracted dad =  free Zack. Today, ThatManILove got a phone call from the city.  
“Do you have a large brown dog?”
“Yes sir.”
“Do you know he’s running free?”
“No sir.”
The city employee gave ThatManILove the address, which happened to be 4 houses down from ours, and when TMIL went out to get him, the city employee was holding Zack by the collar.  Thank God he didn’t call animal control, we would have had to attend Defensive Doggie and pay a hefty fine.  I tell you all that to inform you that Zack is quietly standing by any door that might crack open enough to allow him the slightest chance of sneaking out.
this afternoon
Within a week or so, though, it should all be shaping up.  And that will be exciting. Today, ThatManILove said, “I might have rushed this all a bit - our timing may be a little off, but babe, I think it will all be worth it.”   Me:  “I just want to finish the kitchen and paint.”  Him:  “Babe, we’ll get lots of use out of this outdoor area - I’m even putting the outlets in so we can pull the musical instruments out if we want.”  Me:  “I know, but people have to walk through our house to get to this outdoor area.”  Him:  “We are so going to enjoy this, I promise.”  I know, I know, but how long is it gonna take this WonderWorld to develop?  Did I tell y'all that it rained today, so none of the workers showed up?  And when I say rain, I mean SPRINKLED.  Weenies.  All of them.  Weenies.
What can I say to that "We are so going to enjoy this, I promise?" ?  I mean, holy crap, we certainly can’t stop now...but if he starts pricing lions and tigers and bears, oh, MY!  Our yard may be paid for, but it's not that freakin' big!
Just finish the backyard already...and then, the backsplash in my kitchen and paint, cowboy, and I’ll be  one happy camperette.  Yes, I will. And honey, you will, too!


It's never boring around here!

14 comments:

Foo said...

Oy.

But seriously. This post demands pictures.

Terri aka Pepsi's Mom said...

I have a fountain on the patio and Pepsi and Sierra think it is just the greatest dog waterer ever! I tried to have fish in it, but they did not survive the hunting/fishing dogs....... Good luck with the Koi thing...... :)

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Day one pix are up...both morning and afternoon.

Irish Gumbo said...

Where's the mini volcano, the one that shoots out fire? If you are going to have live music performances, you need fireballs!

Turtle said...

Sounds kewl, but I can understand your concerns. I could NEVER do anything like that. Foo would have a heart attack. Since I can't get out there and do it myself, I just dream about it. Love the stories about the kids! Our cats would freak out as well. LOL

J.P. said...

You might be able to pick up a carnival ride in the mall parking lot pretty cheap ... You could have your own never never land ... BTW Polo season starts this weekend, I'm premiering my 1/4 lb Black Angus Sirloin Hot Dog, BBQ Plate and Bloomin' Onion

NIC said...

It WILL be great when it's done. Repeat after me. :). Look at the bright side, at least you have one that isn't afraid of work!

Carolina Girl said...

Ooh can't wait to see the "after" pics!! They will be FAB! Remember that :)If only it happened as fast as they make it seem on HGTV!

Kingsmom said...

Put your foot down when he tells you he needs a newer/better/bigger BBQ. I can see where this is going....

i beati said...

Go firepit Texas big girl- You will really enjoy that this summer wow - Cool guy.loved the recount though ,.,sandy

Warped Mind of Ron said...

The plan sounds pretty cool, however it looks like they are digging for buried treasure. :-)

Snappy Di said...

Oh, such awesomeness right out your back door. Cannot wait to see the finished project.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Paige Lacey said...

Can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all done. And home improvement is always an awful experience right up until the last worker leaves. Then it's all worth it!

xoxo

Far Side of Fifty said...

That looks like an entire back yard redo..I hope it is everything you want!! I can't wait to see it finished..I bet that is your wish too:)