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7/29/15 Insurance, and Yard Work

I have been exposed to the interesting world of “insurance”. Apparently, “insurance” is something you pay for in case you need it. Then when you need it, the “insurance” tells you to stuff it and find another “insurance carrier”.

Hmmm. My mind boggles, at times, with the human world.

Mom and Dad (as the homeowners) were victims of bad weather last year. They had two claims on their insurance. They recently got a letter from the insurance company saying that they didn’t want to insure Mom and Dad anymore. Because of storms and hail. Not because Mom and Dad were neglectful, or negligent, or did anything wrong. Too bad Mother Nature doesn’t write insurance policies. She usually has a good laugh about everything.

Soooo….Mom and Dad started the arduous work of finding another company to insure their home.

Apparently, one has to have insurance or “The Bank” gets angry and takes your house. This seems like a game that a 5 year-old on a sugar high made up. Anyway. They finally found another company, and this company is going to come do an “inspection” in about a week.

Hence, Mom decided the yard needed some sprucing up. You will recall, not long ago, they tackled the front of the house. Today, Mom and Jamie, armed with hedge clippers, a tree trimmer, an axe, and a saw, went to work in the back. Jamie tethered me up and gave me a bowl of ice water. I found a spot in the shade where I could see all the action.

Mom sent Jamie up Breed’s Hill (the part of the yard that is raised) to tackle the big tree branch that was cracked off in a recent storm. Jamie took the axe and the saw, and began chopping things down to size.

While Jamie was perfecting his Paul Bunyan act, Mom tackled the vines and weeds and tiny trees (thanks to the little helicopter thingies) that were growing through the fence. “I hope none of this is Poison Ivy,” she called to Jamie, while she pulled vines with weird berries growing on them out of the fence. She chopped at the thick vines with hedge clippers, and used the tree trimmers to take down the little wild saplings that were growing against the fence.

A giant helicopter flew overhead, low and loud. “Incoming!” Jamie hollered. Mom ducked accordingly, and they both laughed. Then they got back to chopping and pulling and hacking.

Mom and Jamie were really sweating. Today was another 91 degree day and, although it had been cool and overcast this morning, the sun was now blazing away in a clear blue sky. Jamie and Mom agreed that the pool would feel very good when they were done working.

We took a break – I was happy to get on the cold tiles of the kitchen floor for a while – then Mom and Jamie cleaned up and put the tools away. They drank some sports drinks and water and toweled themselves off. Once they were done, they changed into their swim suits and hit the pool. The dragon and damsel flies were out again today, and as my humans floated happily on their inner tubes, they watched the insects weaving about in a complicated dance. “It really is a beautiful world,” Mom said, looking at the sky. Jamie agreed.

Me? I found a clever place to take a nap in the air-conditioning. Woof! Love, Maggiedogyoga2

6/29/15 Pulling Weeds, and Further Pawgress!

From what I have heard the humans discussing, this June 2015 has been the cloudiest, most gloomiest June on record. Not to mention that it has rained like, every day and the backyard is flooded. Which does not make my life easy as you can imagine!

There was a little sunshine yesterday morning, and Mom marshaled the troops outside to pull weeds, cut down errant little trees (that spring up from those helicopter-thingies), and trim bushes. I got to go out in front with the humans, and watch them groan and sweat. Mom said that at first the sun felt good on her back but that got old quickly. Nonetheless, they were happy it was sunny for the first half of the day, and got a lot of work done. Dad says the house doesn’t look like a “foreclosure” anymore, and they all took a dip in the pool afterwards.


sniff, sniff! goodbye, weeds.

Today dawned grey and gloomy and naturally, it rained for most of the day. Since Dad went to work early this morning, Jamie and Mom “sucked it up” and finished cleaning out what is now the train room. Here is a panoramic view of the train room before the trains are added.


The shelving that is to your left will hold train cars. Locomotives may be too heavy, as this was a DIY project with some pieces of plastic gutter. Quite clever, actually; the humans found the idea on Facebook.

The green table jutting out to the right is the train table proper. Jamie would like to add another, under the window, where the bed used to be, and join them with a trestle bridge. He also has the entire floor for his Lionel Fastrack, and the closet for airplanes.

I’m very proud of my humans for working so hard and getting the job done on schedule. It is amazing to think that one could barely walk in that room a week ago, and now the whole place is empty and clean.

I will post pictures when Jamie sets up his trains.


Love, Maggie the Engineer