You know how you get those phone calls from school, or camp, and as you're answering it, you're holding your breath until you hear the person on the other end say...
So let me start this post with --
You can let your breath out now.
I wouldn't have exactly called our landscaping project an emergency... but we did end up with two cops and an EMS squad in the backyard.
You may recall me telling you that the most important thing to us when buying our house was backyard privacy.
So, when we lost our wooded view to a developer who built the gray house, below, we were anxious to do some landscaping to salvage as much of our privacy as possible.
A few weeks ago, just as I was sitting down with a cup of coffee on the deck, the landscaping crew came to work on the section of the backyard that bothered us most. See that spot to the right of the center tree?
Here's a closer look. Back in the fall, Superstorm Sandy knocked over a couple trees and crushed our bushes. After we pulled them out, this is what we were left with. Pretty!
We could hardly wait for the landscapers to fix things up. The day they came, it was pretty hot and muggy. The guys were working really hard...
Dragging trees in…
Planting, planting, planting…
Man, they were really working hard.
Mr. Goo Shoes and I had to run out for bit. Just before we left, the guys were taking their lunch break. A few were eating in their truck, one was still working, and one was resting on the grass in the backyard.
He was Really Resting. As in...
But we didn't know this at the time.
When Mr. Goo Shoes got back, he was surprised to find two police cars and an ambulance in the driveway.
The other workers finally realized that Resting Guy had passed out, and they called 911.
His mom was there, too. She seemed to take it all in stride, but I can only imagine how she felt when her phone rang...I'm sure she held her breath until they told her that...
Resting Guy was, okay, thankfully…but he went home with mom, and the work continued without him.
At day's end, here's what the new landscaping looked like.
All it needed was some mulch...
…and a hammock.
Here's the Before…
And the "Ahhhhhh-fter…"
If anyone is looking for me this summer, check the hammock first. There's a good chance that's where you'll find me.
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