Building Up the Lot

There is more movement on the new lot.  Still no house but more dirt.   They were back yesterday packing down the new dirt they have brought in,  And so much of it. 16 or 18 big double truck loads so far. 

As you can see they have spread some onto the front lawn area so it will be a nice smooth grade from the house to the sidewalk in front and there is nice soil to plant a lawn or gardens which ever Tyler wants us to put in.  He doesn’t want a large lawn to mow but we will see when the house gets in what he wants.

They used the big roller and packed down more.  It is so high now we will need a ladder to get from the house to the ground!!

It is hard to show how high the dirt is but that stake you see almost buried was a good foot or a foot and a half tall before the dirt was put on.  I thought they were all done piling on the dirt and was very disappointed because they didn’t put any on the back yard and with the house part so high when it rains the back yard would be just flooded. 

You can see the difference between the back and the front.  Back here there is just the old sandy soil and so much lower.  Then when he got the last loads all packed down they brought in four more loads and put then on top but at the back.

All this now will need to be spread out and I am hoping much of it will go on the back yard.  It is nice rich looking soil so whatever we plan to plant there should grow well.  Patty wants a couple shade trees.  She had wanted to keep the pines that were there but could not so we will have to go to the nursery and get some really large shade trees for her to keep the afternoon hot sun out of the back yard.  Our storage shed will be out there and a Pagoda with grapes growing up it where we can sit out on nice days and you need some protection from the hot, hot afternoon sun.  In these pictures it is the Easterly sun you see coming in and that is what you want for plants to grow well but when the westerly sun  comes in afternoons that is too hot about half of the year. 

This picture is taken right along the boarder between our two lots.  The very back corner of the present lot does retain water when it rains hard so they will leave a ditch sort of alley between the two lots so the water has a place to drain to instead of just sitting on the whole back yard.

Hope they come back today and finish packing it all down so they can mark out the area for the slab.  That way we can see the size of the house.  I can’t wait for them to start framing it!! But that is quite a ways down the road.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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1 Response to Building Up the Lot

  1. Shanti Kaur Khalsa says:

    This is so exciting! It is happening!

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