THE FINAL TOLLING OF THE WELL

Dave-The-Well-Guy and his crew finished the well. They bolted a steel cap on top, leveled the walk from the driveway to the fence, then poured cement. The damp concrete still has its wood frame. It should be dry today. We can remove the wood and get on with the rest of the work we need to do.

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Our picket fence was damaged by the winter. Broken pickets need replacement. Maybe hinges too. After which, a bit of cleanup and we will have a front walk. Imagine! We can come and go through the front door, saving a whole flight of stairs.

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I was going to pay Dave. I was feeling guilty. He had completed  85% of the work last autumn. We have water.

Garry countered, pointing out Dave-The-Well-Guy is not someone you pay before the job is finished. Garry figured if we paid him, it would be the last we’d ever see of him. The project would remain  permanently “almost done.”

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Owen was restless about fixing the fence and other warm weather tasks. I hoped Dave-The-Well-Guy would get to it. I hate nagging. He had called and assured me we weren’t forgotten. But that was it. No “Dave-The-Well-Guy sighting” followed.

I called Monday and said “If you want to get paid, finish the job.”

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He explained winter had caught him off-guard. I reminded him it hadn’t snowed until January 27th. He said he was waiting for the ground to thaw. I pointed out the daffodils are blooming.

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The truck arrived an hour later. It promptly rained. They had to stop, but came back yesterday. The well was finished by dinnertime.

Finally.

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SLASH AND BURN: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. — Robert Hanlon

CLOUDS – WITH JONI MITCHELL

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: CLOUDS

 This life’s illusion I recall … I really don’t know clouds at all.

JUNK YARD – CEE’S ODDBALL PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 15

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week 15

These are the photos we take that don’t quite fit into a category. Usually, they are leftovers from illustrations. Or they may be pictures I have taken around the house because some object seem to want their picture taken. Ketchup bottles and salt shakers whisper to me.

72-Junkyard_30These are the first pictures I ever took  knowing I would use them for this challenge.  Now, they have a home in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

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The event? A trip to the junkyard. We needed tires for the yellow car. A rainy day. Lots of mud. Rusting cars and smashed cars. Pieces of cars. I couldn’t go into the yard. I was not wearing the right shoes. You can’t go into a junkyard without sturdy, closed shoes — and shouldn’t.

I got some interesting shots from the entrance, driveway, and shop area. Now, they have a home in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenges.