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Up to My Eyeballs in Mud

By House*Tweaking on Oct 09, 2012

Breaking news: it’s extremely wet and muddy here. We quickly went from excavated desert to mud hole. There’s mud in our yard. Mud in our driveway. Mud in our garage. Mud in our house. Mud in our shoes. I have mud on my pants right now. I’m so over the mud.

HH seeded, fertilized and aerated the yard last weekend. As in two weekends ago. It’s been my job to water it. Basically, I move two sprinklers all over the yard giving each area a good 15-30 minute soaking on days that we don’t get rain. I wear a pair of HH’s old tennis shoes and there’s probably three inches of mud stuck to the soles. Luckily, we’ve had some decent rainfall over the last week so I haven’t had to water daily.

Do you see that? That, my friends, is what I’m hoping is the beginning of a lush, lush lawn. One can only hope.

We’re partnering with Trex and had a rep, Nate, come out to discuss plans for a low-lying deck that we’re hoping to sandwich in between two concrete patios off the back of the house. We’re still in the early planning stages so it was great to get some feedback on our overall design and ideas for DIY installation.

{Look at Mabrey. She’s totally eyeing the Trex Enhance charcoal sample on the top. Atta girl.}

I think I may have scared Nate in my muddy pants and shoes. Not to mention all the unfinished projects we have out in plain viewing sight. I can only imagine how we look to outsiders! Mabrey spit up all over herself and Everett was blowing up Lego men. Nate was a good sport. Especially when Layne burst through the door after school telling us he got picked to be the V.I.P. student in his class for the week. Nate suggested some really unique installation designs other than the typical planks-all-running-in-the-same-direction design. HH had a few questions about how to build a support system for a deck low to the ground. It was a good get-the-ball-rolling meeting.

We have several quotes coming in this week for the concrete patios. HH could totally DIY them {he’s done it before} but he’s traveling so much for work right now that he just wouldn’t have the time. Ah, time. Why must you cost so much?

Anyhow, that’s the latest and greatest and muddiest on our future yard. I envy anyone with grass to mow.

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