What I’ve been up to, or Excuses for not Blogging

We have been having a crazy time at Bad Manor lately. First, an ancient piece of fence finally rotted enough for the tiny pain-in-the-tuchus dog to escape:

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So we had to have it replaced. The original fencing didn’t even have concrete poured for the posts! No wonder it collapsed. Hubby and I ripped it out bare-handed, and had this gorgeous new gate installed:

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It’s so pretty and functional and pretty! We also ripped out the old wood that was edging a garden patch the previous home owners had put in. As we know from previous installments, those people were idiots, so they put in a big pile of terrible dirt right where the yard should drain when it rains. This creates a moat around the porch that our tiny dogs can’t overcome. We’ve started working on the yard a TON now that baby Nacho is old enough to run around back there.

We actually dug out by the other gate (because so many leaves and whatnot had built up water wouldn’t drain that way either) and discovered a small concrete patio! We’ve lived in this house for over 6 years now, and had no idea it was there. Now we have a new place for our trash cans! I have gotten COUNTLESS mosquito bites working outside, in spite of bug spray. UGH. I hate being outside. This just shows how much having a kid can change you.

This next part is tragic, and horrifying. Our electric bill had been weirdly high for about 3 months. We called an electrician about something else, and he found that we were getting power surges. A city electrician then came out and discovered this:
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This poor snake apparently crawled into the electric box during the winter, looking for warmth. I guess his bar b queued carcass was causing the power fluctuations. We didn’t change anything in the house, other than removing the “reptile torture dungeon of horrors” (quote stolen from Timmy), and our power bills went back down to normal.

After that, both our washer AND dryer died, which is normally bad, but since we use cloth diapers was unacceptable! Thankfully, a friend had an extra washer laying around she literally gave us for free (THANK YOU LYNN), and then I went and bought a dryer. So we’ve had a very productive, yet expensive few weeks.

Am I going to leave you with the traumatic visual of snake jerky?

Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

Oh okay, fine. Here’s a picture of Stefano, the Overly Excited Cloud:

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April 20, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . House Stuff, Random typing.

2 Comments

  1. Harold Ploegstra replied:

    Tried to add a comment on Facebook but I still don’t have a password. Just as well, I’d forget it by tomorrow. Your gate looks wonderful. Tell me about the patio! How big is it? Is it near the house or near the back of the yard. Have you found any wonderful treasures yet?

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      The concrete area is next to our wooden deck. We are now storing the trash can there as it is much more convenient. With all the rain we’ve had, the yard has been draining better also.

      We’ve only found hundreds of peach pits. The squirrels steal the unripe peaches, then leave the pits to taunt us.

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