metro mama

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

There's a Facking Moat in My Backyard

Last summer you watched my garden grow from this:

To this:

As you know, I planted many bulbs last fall. I anticipated the pay-off: I planned to spend the spring with my feet up and my glass full. The only time I'd planned to spend on my knees this summer was when McHotty was extra sweet.

Well dudes, check out the latest development:

The basement flooded during the storm last week. They dug a twelve-foot trench right outside the back door to install weeping tile. Next, they’re going to rip up my basement carpet and dig a fucking trench through my basement to a drain. I think this is going to involve a jackhammer--during the end of the term when I am trying to finish two papers. Great.

On the bright side, at least we’re not paying for this. And the landscapers are supposed to come back and replace everything. It won't be the same as the garden I made with my own hands though. Also, we may have to change the design a bit to help the water issue.

When does it end?



Blogger kgirl said...

oh no! your lovely garden - your lovely house!

look on the bright side - you can now replicate the things you loved about the backyard, and change the things you didn't. you'll have many, many more summers to watch your garden grow.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

Oh Noooooo.
That would drive me insane.
Glad you can see a bright side and I hope it all gets put back in time for you to watch some flowers come up.

10:26 AM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Wow, you're a lot more positive about it than I would be! I remember when they dug up our FINISHED basement to replace drains that had been attacked by our tree. I was not a nice Nomo.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

SERIOUSLY? Dude. Doooooode.

I am so sorry.

11:30 AM  
Blogger MotherBumper said...

Geezus... that sucks so hard. But you get pro'scapers to come in and fix it - SCORE! Trust me, it will be worth the pain (yes, yes, I know that the pre-garden was done by your lovely hands but seriously, those pros usually rock and they are so damn neat and stuff).

12:24 PM  
Blogger Redneck Mommy said...

Oh, my heart hurts at that....

But as a semi-professional landscaper (yes, but don't tell anyone...) I see big potential once the trench is filled.

But shit. I'd be drinking a LOT of mommy juice to deal with the mess in the mean time.

Good luck!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Ms. Porter said...

Yikes! At least you aren't footing the bill. It will be all back to nice again before the "real" good weather is here.

1:07 PM  
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1:07 PM  
Blogger SciFi Dad said...

Damn. That really sucks. How long are you expecting to be without a functioning backyard for Cakes?

1:38 PM  
Blogger Denguy said...

Can you go to the highest window in the house and wait for a good sir knight to rescue you?

1:54 PM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

Oh. My. GAWD.

I am so sorry.

So sorry. :(

1:55 PM  
Anonymous s@m said...

Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. Isn't that the pits (or the trenches). I'm so sorry that you're going through this!

Did the contractors not install waterproofing and weeping tile before? Or do you have an older place?

Ugh. I hope it's done real soon!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

That's a big pain! I hate contractors and all construction related things, but at least you see the positive; not paying for it.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Oh no. That completely sucks. I am so sorry.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Christina said...


That sucks. And jackhammering during the end of the term? So not fair.

Hope everything will be back to normal for you soon. At least they're willing to fix it up again.

4:05 PM  
Blogger something blue said...

I'd be weeping giant tears. Or possibly pouring myself a stiff cocktail.

Wishing a speedy recovery to your basement and backyard.

4:57 PM  
Blogger em v said...

Oh that's a nasty dirt pile. I truly sympathize, as I look out my kitchen window and see a pile of rubble mixed with mud and feral cat poo resulting from the autumn deck demo. And a flooded basement, what a pain. Although, I have to admit I am slightly jealous that your builders are installing weeping tile at their expense: we need to do that sooo badly. Such an unglamourous home improvement! I'm sure your new garden will be equally great.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Oh no!!! I'm so sorry!!!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

That suuuucks!!! Shall we have a moment of silence for your bulbs?

8:14 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

farck indeed. that just happened to us last week...but we get to pay for it.

shite! at least it will get dealt with.

But what a pain aye? so sorry metro.

8:19 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

oh. I forgot to say. you own a house. it never farcking ends.

8:20 PM  
Blogger NotSoSage said...

That sucks big time. As crazymumma says, it never ends. Small consolation...

This happened to a friend of mine this fall. I won't go own 'cause stories like this are like birth stories: you don't need to hear it just when you're about to go through it.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Alley Cat said...

I feel for you, but I still got a chuckle out of seeing the bbq all buried back there. It looks so helpless!

10:56 PM  
Blogger jen said...

ahhhh. shit.

but that's a heck of a backyard, sister.

a jackhammer? sounds like a vacation is in order.

1:07 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I am crying for you and your pretty, pretty garden. That sucks.

7:50 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

s&m: It's a new townhouse. There was some weeping tile, but there turned out to be a crack in the foundation from settlement. Plus, we have attached garages at the back and the folks on either side of us did interlock for the whole yards. So the water seems to all run into our yard. The builder has been very good, I think we've just been suffering from standard new home headaches.

crazymum: sorry you're going through this too!

8:01 AM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

poor you!
This is the third person I know who's basement flooded last week.
i hope everything gets cleaned up soon.

9:26 PM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

poor you!
This is the third person I know who's basement flooded last week.
i hope everything gets cleaned up soon.

9:26 PM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

I really have to stop hitting
"publish your comment" twice.

9:27 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

No, it doesn't end. You're a home owner now, honey!

4:34 PM  

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