03.25.15 Dirt and gravel Pictures, part 2

10426312_614176945378946_7052261678171350103_nWednesday, March 25, 2015 PART 2 – Here’s what’s left of the dirt grading and gravel grading.  We had a load of gravel delivered to raise the RV pad, create a second parking space in front of the RV and lengthen the renter’s drive way to beyond the back of the house.

Looking down the hill to the pond. All of this area is much smoother now.
A different view of the end of the culvert by the pond. It looks so pretty to not see the culvert any longer.
Ronnie, our contractor, and Roy walking around on the newly covered culvert area.
The back yard is dressed and the renter’s driveway is lengthened.
The dozer leveling the gravel the dump truck left.
The finished full graveled RV pad. It really looked beautiful to us.
Looking at the finished parking pad from the front yard
RV parking pad and expanded parking space from the street
A different view from the right side
Front yard
Roy putting the first of the boards down for the RV to park on top of.

Here’s a couple of pics of getting ready to landscape!

The adagio grass has gone from chopped off sticks to beautiful plants ready to be in the ground!
Mulch and dirt spread out ready for Thursday’s plantings

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03.25.15 Final dirt grading!

love of god I am behind on my blogging, so much is happening and I’m pretty worn out!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – What a day this has been!

The day finally arrived for the final grading. That means we no longer see the infamous culvert and hope to never see it again!  The difficult to walk down back hill is now graded and much easier to navigate. The three piles of dirt in the back yard are history! The septic tank is much more covered so it’s not as obvious. The RV pad is at its correct height filled with gravel. The parking space in front of ourtoday i choose to be happy because i can RV has been doubled to accommodate visits. The driveway for the house was extended to past the back of the house to make it easier to get in the back door with groceries or whatever! The landscaping can be done, getting all the bushes off the RV patio and into the ground around the house.  The grass seed can be spread!

We moved Dora out to the street so the dozer could have room to do it’s thing.  We also sat outside with our contractor most of the day watching the work being done.  At the end of the day our pockets were much more empty but our yard looks beautiful and even.

Ronnie’s contracting work here is done now.  He’s been a fabulous contractor with his guidance and all his subcontractors.  We appreciate all the great care he took of us and the expertise he s1620975_714387978591656_942445942_nhowed throughout the whole process.  We could never have done this without him.

After that was done Roy and I went to Lowe’s and stocked up on grass seed, mucho many bags of top soil and brown mulch (never have figured out why people would buy the black or red mulch).  Tomorrow, Thursday, will be landscaping and grass seed spreading day. This is probably our last step in the whole process, other than watering the seeds every day until we leave so they will germinate and grow well.

Now to get a good renter!!

Here are pictures of some of the dirt work.  I took tons of pictures and really want to show them all.  I am including 20 pictures today in this post.  I’ll create a second post of just pictures with the rest.  Feel free to skip most if you want but I know some folks will want to see every one of them and I want to be able to look back at all of them at some point in the future.

The huge dump truck delivering the first of the dirt
One of the first loads being shoved across the culvert!
Part of the culvert covered
Roy’s plan B. In addition to these cables hooked to a long pole down in the ground there is rebarb through each stack of concrete.
The area where the electric company dug is now graded and ready for grass to grow.
Back yard being graded – the piles of dirt are still there
Back yard grading – dirt mounds are gone
Roy dragging dirt nearer to the fence side of the culvert
Ronnie and Roy checking out the dirt at the fence end of the culvert
The covered culvert from the pond end.

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03.23.15 and 03.24.15 Fresh fish, rental ad, CPAP, sweet visit, woohoo – dozer work!

1236245_422743977829505_1298705541_nMonday, March 23, 2015 – Spent all morning updating the house for rent photo album with current pictures, deleting the ads on 23 Facebook group pages and posting new ads with a link to the updated  pictures.  Here’s the current pictures (as if you haven’t seen enough pictures of this house!).  Click on the link below to go to the album:


Roy went fishing and brought in about 8 perch that he cleaned and fried for our lunch!!  What a treat to eat fresh out the pond fish!

unfried fishfried fishTuesday, March 24, 2015 –

Roy and I sat outside this morning drinking our coffee for about an hour.  The beautiful oak leaves are coming in bigger and bigger each day now.  The birds were all out chirping and making beautiful sounds.  Such a morning reminds me why we love this lifestyle.  I’m so thankful that God allowed us to do this and is with us each and every day.

Five years ago mid May of this year I’ll have been using my CPAP for sleep apnea 5 years.  That means I’m eligible10898029_10152580549741198_601716070469061758_n for new equipment.  But we won’t be here in Louisiana then (hopefully!) and our local company Life Care Medical can’t ship to us.  This means we have to find a new company to handle this who can ship to us country wide.  I began working with LINCARE this morning to make a transition to them.  They have all my information and now I’m just waiting for them to contact me with a status of getting set up with them.   Just another little thing that has to be taken care of for us to continue living on the road.  This equipment is critical in stopping me from having more TIAs so I need to make sure this is in place.  This is what my CPAP machine looks like.  This may be an older model because when I searched for pictures there were lots of other ones but this was the only one I found.  When my 5 years is up I hope to get the latest and greatest.

cpapElizabeth Halpin Smith came to visit today to bring Roy a back up drive that wasn’t working.  Of course my brilliant computer husband got it working and is transferring all the files to a new one.  We always love it when Elizabeth visits and we got to show her the new house and this beautiful land.   No pictures of our visit, just know that we both had bit smiles on our faces from her visit!

Todd Hampton, our dozer man pulled up a little bit ago and dropped off his dozer to begin work tomorrow morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   When our contractor, Ronnie, called to say Todd was on his way was a Hallelujah moment for sure. This is the very last step of work someone else does in this whole house building process.  Roy and I will be spreading centipede seed and planting all the plants we purchased when this grading is finished.  Then the grass should start growing 2-3 weeks later and finally the yard and landscaping is done!!!

We have to wake up very early so we can move Dora back out into the street so the dozer can deliver more dirt and gravel in the space Roy created with the cross ties last week. 20150324_170950Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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