Monday, December 28, 2015

Water Bubble

Hi there! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

We've had days and days of rain. I think the final count was 7-10" last week. While letting the dog out Friday afternoon, I noticed a large circular swell in our backyard. When I stepped on it, the darned thing jiggled like a waterbed. I had no idea what was going on. The DH suspected that the water running off the steep slope in our backyard was just too much for that area to handle, resulting in trapped water under the sod.

I posted a video on my Facebook page which garnered all sorts of comments from busted water pipe to sinkhole. Geez! When we woke up Saturday morning, two more had formed. Against my better judgment, and armed with information from You Tube, the DH took a pick axe to the areas, releasing the water and having way too much fun jumping around on them. The areas are flat now even though the ground is still soggy, and we are expecting more rain this week. Ugh!

The winter storm system that has been moving through is no joke. I won't get into a debate about climate change, but something is not right. Water bubbles shouldn't just pop up in your backyard. What do you think?

Thursday, December 10, 2015


I've wanted to replace this hillside flower bed with a tree for months now but the task seemed so daunting that it was placed permanently on the back burner. Then to my pleasant surprise, the DH spent a few hours last weekend helping me dig out the overgrown flowers and border. Here is my new blank slate:

If you squint just right, you can see trees on either side. The trees have already lost their leaves so it looks a little drab, but the idea is to have a line of trees uninterrupted.
Still thinking I would love a saucer magnolia in this area, but am open to an eastern redbud or flowering pear. Oh the possibilities!

Before (during spring):

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

El Niño Humor

So I've been dying to post this image from Pinterest for weeks but had been waiting for consistently cooler weather:

But since it looks like that's not going to happen this winter (thanks El Niño), I figured I'd post it anyway for a good laugh.