Thursday, May 30, 2013

I've Seen This Before

When the Pres told me to expect someone, he didn't go into a lot of detail.  Nothing new.  He's always been a man of few words except when his favorite topics are up for grabs.  So, when I heard a rather loud rumble approaching our hill at the top of the gravel road where our house is, I peeked out.



 At first, I thought I was seeing things as a huge yellow back-hoe was making it's way up the gravel road!  

But, as I walked around toward the deck, the Pres met me halfway, saying, "Good, he came today.  He'll knock it out in no time."


Knock what out? I thought.


Ever since we've lived here, we've wanted to eliminate a small knoll right in back of where the Pres parks his truck (because it won't fit in the garage!).

Removing the knoll would  open up a nice chunk of our property and put it to good use.

In addition to the knoll, we also wanted to take down a few of the small "crap" trees, as the Pres calls them along with the stumps.

When our builder made arrangements to have one of his lots excavated, the Pres walked down to talk to the owner of the business to coordinate a date and time.


Camera in hand, I watched as he bit into that knoll to reveal the most rich top soil ever!  

He noticed it too and immediately shut off the back-hoe to ask the Pres if we wanted him to make two piles...one for top soil and one for rocks.


He strategically placed rocks and boulders in one pile and the dark rich soil in another!

Through the whole process, which took less than three hours, it all seemed so familiar.  

I'd seen this before...YES...
I'd seen this before.

Both the man and his shovel reminded me of Mike Mulligan and Mary Ann!


Anybody else remember them?





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17 comments:

Kathy Moreland said...

Such beautiful soil! Bet you will have some gorgeous flowers planted with it! I don't remember Mike and Mary Ann. :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I never know what my husband has planned from one day to the next. Keeps us hopping. :)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

that sounds interesting. what will happen at your place next? ha. ha!! have a ball! ( :

mail4rosey said...

That's really nice that he offered to separate the two!

I remember Mike Mulligan. He and his steam shovel were my oldest son's favorite nighttime story for quite some time (many years ago). :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh yes, we read Mike Mulligan sometimes. It's a long kid book, but a great one!

gld said...

IT'S amazing what those machines can do! That soil is just gorgeous; I can almost smell it.

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

No I don't remember them at all. Nice to have a good pile of soil to work with though.

Anne Payne said...
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Anne Payne said...

Oh yes! My boys loved having Mike Mulligan read to them when they were little :)

*major typo, so I had to delete my former comment

Ashling said...

Yum--such gorgeous soil!! Can't wait to see what you do with it. Enjoy the new spaces.

Ann said...

oh that does look like good top soil. I vaguely recall Mike and Mary Ann

Gracie O'Tripp said...

A new space to design. What fun. I remember Mike Mulligan but not Mary Ann.

Candy C. said...

Lovely, rich soil! It always amazes me the precision those guys have with those backhoes. :)

Angela said...

Woo Hoo for the excavator! I'd love to have one out at our place to do some work. That dirt he uncovered at your place is to die for! We have a lot of clay type soil here. Nothing as rich as that!

Chatty Crone said...

I love that dark black soil - I miss it. sandie

Inger said...

Now you must grow something!

Katherines Corner said...

lots of activity at your place! Thank you for linking your post to the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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