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The back yard is slowly getting back into shape. The little bed I made (well, Sr. M made, but I pointed) was repaired and we planted some pretty begonias. Here are some closeups:
I know this is an asparagus fern, but I've always thought of it as a fox-tail fern. Don't you think my name is more appropriate?
Shut up 'PUP!!
And life still goes on in the butterfly weed. It's blooming and spreading seed at the same time. If you look closely, you will also see that other life is cycling as well. Perhaps a flowery bower is not only an aphrodisiac for humans, but insects as well? I'm still seeing monarchs, fritillaries and I'd SWEAR I think I saw a zebra!
No pictures of my bird feeders. I've been a little lax in getting them set up again, as I didn't want to commit to the money for the seed until we knew what our budget would be. We've decided that the feeders are affordable, and they're being set up. It'll take a few days for the birds to find us, then I'll take more pictures.
I started this entry yesterday. Fiddling with the pictures took longer than I thought.
My dad is still with us. He's having days of lucidity, and days of sleeping. My mom is still staying with him most of the daylight (and into the night) hours, but my sister S is making sure she eats by bringing her lunch and supper. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the nurses there at the nursing home (some of whom she's known for a couple of decades) are keeping an eye on her too.
We're in the midst of another plumbing adventure as well. Sigh.
'Pup WAS going to see his dad in Austin this week, as it might be the last time for a few weeks that he'd have a chance to do so. The test results from his last blood draw came back normal (YES!!!) and now we can proceed with the gastric bypass. Now, we just need to wait for the insurance company and the clinic. Instead, he has to stay home and help deal with our plumbing adventure.
We had the plumbers use a camera to inspect the sewage line leading from the house to the main. There were several interesting discoveries made. There is a crack in the line, with some roots growing in (not unexpected, as there is a very happy ash tree growing on top of the line) and then there is : the box.
Seems when the house was built, (back in the early 80's) they put, for some unknown reason, a mystery box on the sewage line leading from the house to the main. The camera showed a large squarish area with straight sides and edges, with the pipe leading out of it. The crack in the line is actually just past this mystery box.
The result of this somewhat unorthodox plumbing is that periodically we would suffer from back ups into the house. This is why we've had two brand new carpets within the last 5 years. Luckily, we were home for this back up and were able to catch it before we needed new carpet. That's lucky, as I don't think State Farm would pay for a third carpet.
We've elected to help dig up this inscrutable box. I just hope it doesn't totally destroy the flower bed I made last spring. I think we can avoid complete destruction, but I'm not looking forward to digging.
Yes. I like gardening. I don't like digging holes deeper than required to plant. This hole is already two feet deep and we've not found the box yet. The line seems to slant down rather drastically from the house. We're going to be digging for a while.