Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Emergency Landscaping? Dial 911


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...

"Everything's fine..."

So let me start this post with --  

"Everything's Fine."

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…




Digging big holes…



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...

OUT COLD.  

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...


"Everything's Fine."

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. 




Linking To:
On Sutton Place and Debbiedoo's Saturday Pinterest Blitz 
It's Overflowing and Barnes and Noodles Saturday Creative Linky Party 
A Little CLAIREification Saturday Best of the Weekend 

Till next time,

Ms. Toody



23 comments:

  1. Nice! They did a great job. I'd love to have a landscaper work their magic around our house.

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    1. Thanks! We've been lucky that this is the first time in almost 11 years that we've had to have someone come in to do extensive landscaping. Hope it's the last!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Appreciate that you stopped by!

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  3. I can only imagine how scared you must've been to see all of those emergency vehicles in your driveway when you drove up! So glad that guy ended up being ok. He must've gotten too hot. I love how beautiful it looks now! Your hammock will get a lot of use I'm sure. Those trees that were planted will get very tall. You'll have privacy in no time!

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    1. Yes, it was scary. The guy was dehydrated. We are counting on those trees getting tall. I'd like to give them Miracle Grow to speed up the process!

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  4. *sigh* It looks like a lovely place to stretch out on a summer day. Privacy is everything in a garden - glad you got yours back.

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  5. Your backyard looks so relaxing now! It looks like a nice place to drink some lemonade and read a good book. I also wanted to stop in and thank you for stopping by my blog! :)

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    1. I plan to do a lot of relaxing in that hammock! Glad I found your blog, and appreciate that you came over to mine.

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  6. What an awesome space!! Thanks for stopping by:-)

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    1. Thanks! And I am appreciative that you stopped here at my blog, as well.

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  7. Oh how I love your back yard! And I love that hammock. What a relaxing space!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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    1. I am really enjoying the hammock. It was so nice and breezy today… so wonderful to just sit in the shade. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Your yard is gorgeous! The plants and trees have made your yard such a relaxing and beautiful space. I would be on the hammock too :)

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    1. Thanks, Dee! And I really appreciate that you are following me! Means a lot to a new blogger :)

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  9. Amy, your landscaping looks just gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Hope YOUR weekend is wonderful! :)

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    1. Hi Cindy, thanks so much for stopping by! I am in new-blogger heaven for being featured this week on Best of the Weekend! I just subscribed by email to your blog!

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  10. Hi Amy!

    I wandered over from Best of the Weekend. Great job with the backyard! I'm jealous of that hammock, it looks amazing! :)

    Cheers,
    Becky

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    1. Thanks, Becky! I really appreciate that you came to take a look!

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  11. What a fabulous hammock. I think I would spend a lot of time there too :) Your new landscaping looks fabulous!!

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  12. Your yard is beautiful. I'm glad the workman is okay. Yikes!

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