It's chilly here this morning - 28 a little while ago outside, and 54 inside. Brrrr, but I'm glad the heater's on. Who knows how cold it would get without it.
Meanwhile, the tree service came by for the 3rd day, and Ds did such a good job, with no real help, that they were able to get the equipment into where the trees were safely.
It wasn't perfect, a couple of things broke, but the trees are now off. Whew! We will have to figure out the large pieces of logs; the ones too large to have been chipped, but that won't happen soon.
We lost one window...a bay window, darn, and a water unit that comes out of the ground. They didn't know that it was there, under the hanging tree, so when it was taken down, it broke off.
We will need to get the parts, and replace it, before we can run the water from the well to fill our water tanks again. I'm not sure when that will happen, but hopefully soon. Ds has a lot of work to catch up on, though.
Meanwhile, the guys on the tree service crew took down the tree that was still standing. That was Penelope's tree, she loved it. It was a tri-tree, a live oak, and only 1 part fell, leaving 2 parts still leaning toward the house. It had partially uprooted, and would have been silly to leave.
There are still plenty of trees that could reach the house, should they fall, but I hope that they won't. There's something that someone said recently that expresses my feelings very well. They said: This last year has been...a lot. Boy, is that ever covering it all in 2 words...it's been 'a lot.'
As for the septic tank...the man who owns the equipment sent one of the operators out before it rained. (And barely made it, whew.)
He worked all day, and then Ds called on his way from one job to the other. He said that, if the boss would stand there, or he...Ds...could be there, he thinks that we wouldn't be in this position, that someone who understands it better than the operator needs to oversee the whole job.
And, since he was just a couple of miles from here, he said that he would drop off the equipment that he didn't need for the next job, and just take a look.
A couple of minutes later, he strode, with purpose, to where a surveying stick was, and said, "I think that I just ruined B's day. Do you know where my laser is?"
First of all, he rarely strides. He was obviously not happy sounding. I asked what was wrong with the work, and he said that he wasn't sure, but that it wasn't right. Then he strode straight to where the laser probably was, which is a back room.
Then, he went out to check the level of the tank, which B had just covered back with soil.
I thought that he'd be quick, as the job that he had to get to had to be done, no matter what. He has to check water levels every single week, and more often if it rains or snows. But, he was out there for a loooong time. Dh said that he was down in the hole.
Finally, he left, and called me on his way to the job.
He explained that the....let me see if I get this correct...outgoing pipe was a mess, and that he had taken a torch, heated it, and bent it the way that it had to be to work. That was the good news. The bad news is:
The in pipe is not going to work the way that it is, at all. He said that it can be fixed, but...the company which brought the tank out originally, has to come out again (for the 3rd time) to use their equipment to lift the cement tank out again. They do not come out for free.
But, Ds feels that it will never work correctly without this step. I'm not sure what he will have to do once it's out, but I think that we have to get together on dates and times, so that Ds can be here this time.
Every other time, the guys come without notice, and it's impossible for Ds to be here. Obviously, him being here is super important, because he's the one that can tell if it's right, or not, especially with his equipment, and is the one who can fix the problem.
That's pretty much an update of the work done here this past week.
Well, that is all for now. Have a lovely Sunday.
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