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Diggin' Friday

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Today was the first day of DH's vacation.
No sleeping in for us!

We started out early because the guy with the backhoe was coming at 9 and we wanted to double check the dimensions of the new pond site.

Temp was in the 50's and the sun was just peeking through the trees . . . coffee was a necessity!

I started digging the pond last Spring. Well, it started out as a diversion ditch to keep the rain water away from the foundation of the house . . . . and well, it's taken on it's on identity. But I really like the way it's coming along.

As I watched the backhoe work it's magic, I thought about all the hours I put into digging the first part of that hole . . . and it took me back to how far I've come physically.

Four years ago, when DH was reworking the waterfall on the big pond, I could not even lift a brick to help him without intense pain. No way in the world could I have lifted a shovel to dig the hole that I started last Spring.

I'm really thankful that I didn't have to dig the rest of it! What took him 2 hours would have taken me years!!!! So now, we have the beginnings of what will be approximately 75 feet of a dry creek bed in the summer, but when the rains come, it will be a real working diversion ditch, nicely landscaped of course, which will flow into the new pond, which will in turn spill over and flow into the garden, rather than under the house. How fun!

I am SOOOOOO thankful for SparkPeople! By using the trackers, videos, articles, etc. along with the encouragement from my SparkFriends and Teams, I'm at a place that I thought I'd never be! I feel better than I have in years and am able to do so much more than I ever thought I would be able to!

So, on to the next project


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WALLAHALLA 9/21/2013 10:19PM

    sounds great

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BIGPAWSUP 9/21/2013 9:12PM

    Hey, we want pictures when the pond is done!!!

Hope you have a great time!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/21/2013 9:08PM

    Sounds like a lot of work, but glad you got the backhoe to help with the ob.


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BONNIEMARGAY 9/21/2013 2:20PM

    What a marvelous measurement of health and progress!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/21/2013 1:39PM

    That is Awesome....both about you being able to start the digging yourself and having a backhoe finish it off so quickly! I like that hubby and I have been able to do a lot of do-it-yourself projects over the years, but it's also wonderful when we bring in the professionals! It's amazing how fast they can be at doing things that takes us days or weeks to get done.

Your dry ditch and pond sound wonderful! Soon you will be ready for all kinds of rain!

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FELINEBETTER 9/21/2013 12:39PM

    Sounds like a fabulous plan! And just look at you, Cathy! Way to go, Girl!!!

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MATTEROFHEART 9/21/2013 10:46AM

    Sounds beautiful! You need to take pictures along the way so we can see how it is coming!

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PHATPAT18 9/21/2013 10:32AM

    A great success story. emoticon

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LADYRH 9/21/2013 9:16AM

    Take pictures at every stage so we can all enjoy

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FUNLOVEN 9/21/2013 7:57AM

    So how about some pictures so we can watch the transformation with you ? I love landscaping projects!

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BEBOP4ME 9/21/2013 7:56AM


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GABY1948 9/21/2013 7:15AM

    I agree totally with you on where we would have been...had someone told me this would be "normal" for them I would have thought they were nuts! My dh worked for the drain maintenance commissioner of the county we lived in before we retired so I know EXACTLY about how smart that pond it and drainage ditch...I know ALL about drainage!

Oh, and I LOVE the cat that needed the coffee pic! Have a great weekend!

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JEANNE229 9/21/2013 2:38AM

    Would love photos of the work! (on the pond and on you!)

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ALICIA214 9/21/2013 12:57AM


Love the pics, and the words on the first one ring true.


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KIM22211 9/21/2013 12:51AM

    thanks!!!! I do thank God I am not where I was!

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