Posted by: Karen (Betty Bear) | September 26, 2011

So I’m ignoring the healthy thing today since it really isn’t happening. People just shouldn’t expect me to exercise vigorously when the humidity is near 100% and the insomnia was kicking in the night before. So, instead, you get a construction update. I know, just what you always wanted. So last week they’re out there digging a hole in the ground behind the house for the sunroom foundation and find our old oil tank. We had thought it was far enough out not to be a problem, but noooooo. Removing an oil tank requires a specialist, permits, inspections of the tank and the surrounding soil, disposal, yadda, yadda, yadda. And, of course, money. *Sigh* We switched over to gas heat from oil a number of years ago and had the tank drained, cleaned and inspected then, but new regulations require all that all over again. Lesson is: take the damn thing out even if it is more expensive. John the Builder did say that homeowner’s insurance may cover some or all of it, so we’ll have to see.

Here is the current view from the kitchen window:

and another view of the hole in the ground in which if you have really good eyes and look very carefully you may see the oil tank:

It’s that lump in the back in front of the backhoe. By the way, if you have to have a backhoe, I kind of like the blue rather than the more common yellow.

And here is my poor flower garden which will need much replanting and care after they are done driving all over it and then making a walk down the middle:

That bushy looking thing is a rose bush which gets lovely little pink blossoms in June. I hope it isn’t too traumatized by all of this. And in the extreme foreground are some hostas which the deer found this year and snacked on leaving mostly just the flower stems and very few leaves.


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