Team Simon

Today we left home huge lovable easy-going Homer, and packed up Simon for his first trip to The Land. He’d been getting increasingly tense lately with the other dogs in this house, and as sad as he gets about driving, it now seemed it might be happier for him than staying home with all those loud rude scary cousins. Plus, it was about time for him to begin to be acquainted with our new home!


Simon: “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.”


Why are we here?

So while weenie Simon fretted and held alternate paws off the dirty ground (“there’s dirt!”), we dug and raked and shoveled and strategized and hauled ….

I called the disposal company to tell them the container was full and please remove it. We then proceeded to add about another 1/2-ton of debris to it. (It had not been picked up by the time we left at 3:30.)

Marsh is developing a vision for the yard, and seems to have nothing but energy for imposing order on the hillocks, brambles, burrs, debris, mounds, sinkholes, and whatever passes for lawn.

We made progress on the ramshackle shack closest to the house (the one Oscar partially disassembled for us with a sledgehammer on Easter).



We think much of what remains will be recyclable as a rabbit hutch, shed, etc.

I put together two screens for the porch, primarily so we can see the dog pen from that side of the house. It felt a bit odd to be taking down the plastic coverings, which were just about the very first thing we did after closing.


I can only make one more with the materials I bought (not four, cough-cough), because a roll of screening material that is clearly marked 48 inches x 84 inches does NOT make two 48″x48″ squares of screening. I blame arithmetic.

I dug another exploratory hole looking for the septic outflow, and found some interesting rocks but no leach field.

I ran well-water from the sillcock for four hours. One-to-two more hours, and it should be ready to be tested.

It rained, though it wasn’t supposed to.

We did not: re-organize the tools on the porch; sort and re-stack the lumber; make concrete progress on structural work, siding, plumbing, or electrical work. But there’s tomorrow.