Monday, August 30, 2010

First Dig

Well the pool project has officially begun. First thing we had to do was convince our next door neighbor (where the Pakistani neighbors used to live) to trim back the tree between the side of our houses so that the bobcats could get past. (sidenote: these neighbors are much nicer generally than the Pakistani neighbors. Though instead of owning a rooster, they have a large dog that likes to bark. Likes to bark at anything it hears or sees move. Like birds, squirrels, ants, fairies.) These neighbors let the persimmons tree that the Pakistani neighbors planted on the property line continue to grow until it touched our house and we physically could not even walk down the side of our house.

First time we tried to ask our neighbor to trim the tree for the pool project, we were very nice and said we were concerned his tree would be damaged. He responded by saying no worries, it's ok if they damage the tree a little, as long as they don't cut the tree. Uh, ok. That's not exactly what we were going for.

About a week later we decided to be more direct by sending him a facebook message saying, "The tree needs to be trimmed back to the property line by next Thursday so the bobcat can get through, thank you so much." He got the hint that time, and did a beautiful job of not only trimming that tree back, but all of the other trees back to the property line.

Our neighbor's mother made a point to come over and tell us that they lost a LOT of Persimmons thanks to us.

Yeah well, technically they weren't their Persimmons if they were on our property, right? That's what I thought.

So the pool people showed up and began their work at 7am, which I'm pretty sure is illegal and ungodly. They took out our side gate, which was attached to two mini cinder block walls, like this one.

But apparently the little cinder block wall on the right of the gate did not provide enough space for the bobcat to get through, so naturally they took chisels and hammer and proceeded to knock that wall down. RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW AT 7AM.

Here is where the other wall was, "after".

Then the digging began, which was very exciting to watch.

At the end of the day, the workmen found a very lovely place to park the bobcats, in our front yard. I'm not too optimistic about the state of our grass right there.

After they were done for the day, we went to see the progress after the first day of digging. (they tell us they will dig two more days) These two pics were supposed to be about the pool, but the ended up being about our kitty Emmett.

On the upside, we now have plenty of mud to create these...

Just add mud! Stop on by. We'll have plenty of mud cakes and mud cones for everyone!

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  1. How fun! I'm looking forward to watching to seeing all the pool updates.

  2. Very exciting! Living in the barrens of Alberta, a pool just doesn't make sense.....we'd only be able to use it for a few weeks each year (we've had the worst summer on record, and there was even frost today). I shall instead live vicariously through you and your family.

  3. Ahem... *some people* leave the house at 7 a.m. to go to work, which means *said people* must rise at 6 a.m. to get ready. (Gosh, am I craving a persimmon right now!)