From Start to Finish

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.


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21 Responses to From Start to Finish

  1. Darlene says:

    Good luck with this project! The flowers are lovely.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    It is my sincere hope that all the works in the neighbourhood are getting done before the first snowfalls. I know that these outfits are notoriously slow when it comes to completing a project. In the meantime, I wish you a happy harvesting time.

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    • Peter, thank you. I knew other homeowners would understand. Sometimes these road crews are slower than molasses in January. We have had an abundant harvest this year and have gifted neighbors and friends. Every week or two a nice lady stops by to chat and get a fresh bouquet of flowers from the garden. Enjoy the weekend! ^^__^^

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  3. Is this project draining your patience? I hope they get it done soon.

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    • Anne, when I lost patience and said too much, I finally accepted that the project would be completed but not on my time schedule but theirs. When the Town nonchalantly viewed the issue, the fellow informed my husband that he would put us on the list for the end of the year! My retort? The end of what year? 2020 or 2021. The key to my patience at this point? Acceptance. Everyone does not operate like we do, right, Anne? Haha. Enjoy the weekend. oxox


  4. The work never ends… Best wishes with the latest project, Mary Ann! Your apples and blooms are lovely. ❤ xo

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  5. The leaves are beginning to turn, but seem very dull so far. Likely due to the drought, but it is early. We’re turning on the heat late afternoons now and will have to get the wood stove blazing before long (but we do need some substantial rain before we do that). UNBELIEVABLY, the wild geraniums are in full boom and gorgeous and a single lupine thinks it’s springtime… Stay well and enjoy the glory of autumn! ❤ xo

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    • Bette, I marvel at nature in your neck of the woods. I put the heat on already. My husband informs me that we did have a freeze here the other night too. I can’t imagine a drought in ME with so much snow. The flowers around here are smiling at our sunshine too. Autumn has to be my favorite time of year with all the colors to behold. Thanks for the lovely comment. Stay safe and be well, lovely lady. oxox


  6. Clare Pooley says:

    I love those zinnias, Mary Ann! I hope the Town finish the drainage work soon; how wonderful it will be to know your basement won’t fill with water any more! I hope you and your family are keeping well xoxo

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