Home ownership comes with awesome
responsibilities. Unlike rental properties,
the homeowner must pay for repairs
and upkeep. And there are many surprises
along the way. We live in an area with soft,
clay soil and underground water is
a constant presence. Finally, after several
instances of cleaning up our basement
after water had entered, we bit the bullet and
had a sump pump installed. It seems like it
took forever to schedule installation and
we await part two of the project with our
local town connecting us to the nearby
storm drain. In between the installation
came extensive landscaping and plantings
in the lawn area where mud accumulated
over the winter. Living on a cul de sac is
lovely except for the fact that the road does not
seem to be pitched correctly to channel the water
from the outlets in our yard. After apologizing
and explaining to all our neighbors about
the water standing in the road, we hoped for
an timely solution. This week we have noticed
yellow signs in the lawns and blue markings in the street.
Now that gas lines and water mains have been
marked, we look for town trucks and equipment.
Dare we hope to have installation prior to our first snowstorm?
Maybe. Perhaps. Two years. Hope springs eternal. Meanwhile,
the silence is deafening now that school is back in session.
Abundant apples and garden vegetables await.