20090130

Partially finished projects...

Last week I was at Costco, and picked up a couple of rose bushes. You see in Arizona it is the time to plant things like that. I got a "Donna Darlin'" and a "Frivolous Pink" and the next day proceeded to plant them. I started digging the first hole with no problems. But about half way in to the second hold, I felt a rock or something. My shovel was stuck under it, so I popped it out. Crack! I heard. That was when I realized I had just broken the drip line PVC pipe. (Words I shouldn't say came out of my mouth at this point!) I stopped, stared at the hole, and gasped. Then started digging in a place less likely to have a pipe in it.

The next day, I went outside to hang something on the line, and noticed that the entire side yard was flooded. Like, seriously a bloody river was flowing (our backyard's landscaping includes this reddish 1/4 inch landscaping rock. But it has a lot of reddish dust in it, when it gets wet or the dog rolls in it- it shows up as russet.) I ran into the front yard and turned off the drip system. The water had broken the pipe joint completely. Where I had merely fractured it, it was now two separate pieces.

Oh crap, oh crap, oh crap!

Its been a week and I finally fixed it today. I wanted, no needed, someone to tell me that it wasn't too bad. I had merely broken the elbow joint. Not a huge deal to replace. We even had Christy's Red Hot Blue Glue (best stuff ever!) to fix it. Its done now, and hopefully I did a good job. I am not reburying it until it has fully cured (twenty-four hours) and the drip has run a few times. Not a big deal to have a hole in the front yard.

Fixed.

Today I also decided I would finish putting up my concrete block wall for my raised bed garden. (Please excuse the dog excrement that shows up behind the garden.) It wasn't hard. I had originally put it in a different part of the yard, but had since decided to move it to a sunnier place. I am not yet sure if I should finish it out by extending it the additional four feet. The spot it is in was our sand box. Which was huge. I want to move the sand box to where the garden originally was. But I think the sand box will probably just live on the side of the garden for now. Even with the garden there- its still huge.

Shush- I know it isn't perfectly straight. I can live with that, can you?
Can you imagine it filled with lovely plants? I am already picturing it.

7 comments:

HomeSlice said...

you like seriously handy! who needs a man??? not you!

Amie said...

Good for you!! Mrs. Fix It!

leaner said...

Well, Homeslice... there are a few things a man would be nice for. wink wink.

Its also nice to have a man to help do these things.

Lisa G. said...

You rock! Not that it matters anyway, but once it's full of plants, no one will ever notice that it's not perfectly straight. Do you know what you're going to put in it?

Mo said...

You are brave taking on irrigation repair. Well done!

Everyday Mom Designs said...

Good job!

bodaat said...

Looks good! Can't wait to see pics of the flowers in there. :)

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