A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Trees and Houses


were never really meant to be in close proximity to one another.

Trees–especially deep and water-hungry Aspen–may break in a windstorm and fall onto the house, and leaves fall into the gutters and clog them. The greatest fear is the damage these poplar roots may inflict, finding their way through small cracks in pipes. We knew that when we bought the home six years ago.

The Aspen shouldn’t be planted in the landscape at all. Their roots don’t play nicely with below-ground or surface elements. Over time, aggressive root systems cause serious damage to landscape structures and utilities…and it’s expensive to remedy. We have heard, seen, and known people who had serious trouble with them.

It’s Murphy’s law…it always seems to happen first thing in the morning, over the weekend–not just a leak in the irrigation system, but a steady stream of water shooting into the air…like a water fountain…that needs to be fixed immediately. What’s the best way to repair the problem and get your irrigation system operating again?

When a plumbing pipe cracks and starts leaking, the clock starts ticking. Every wasted minute means more water damage, destroyed property, and mess.  With hubby cursing aloud every five seconds. Not a pretty sight….hopefully, lessons learned for the last time.

There has been small, slow leaks by the irrigation in the front yard for a couple of years. We’ve been avoiding to confront the issue head on. It’s just a matter of time…and that time has finally come this morning.

Through a good friend, we were able to get a reliable and affordable plumber out this afternoon to access total damage and propose a viable fix.  Honestly, we did not anticipate work commencing today.

With some serious digging–more dirt, mud, and water clear away–Jason pinpointed the underground location of the leak and identified the culprit.

Five hours later. PVC pipes replaced and sealed. They are good for, who knows, how many more years.

Thanks to Jason, water is finally back on just in time to make dinner for the hungry children. And me…I’m recovering. Your point of power is always in the present moment because you can ONLY take action in the present moment~~Jon Kabat-Zin

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…)

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