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Because I like to sound far more random than I actually am. Pool stuff at the end, but before that, I received a letter yesterday from the HIGH SCHOOL that my son is attending in a mere two weeks and change. I'm going to start calling him Farmer Ted and hope that he finds a Jake to coach him through the troubled times. LOL. I cannot WAIT for school to start as it's so hot no one wants to do anything unless it involves bickering. And it's boiled down to the most mundane bickering of all: "stop looking at me! Stop touching me! Stop breathing my air!" Whee? I threatened to lock them all out of the house for two hours tomorrow if they didn't cut it out. It was 106 yesterday with no breeze, so that was no idle threat. Emily turns NINE this Saturday (how?!?!) and we're going to Six Flags for some roller coaster fun times, YAY!! She asked for a turtle or skinny jeans. If that doesn't represent the precipice of child to preteen, I don't know what would. Her mother turns 38 this Sunday, incidentally. :)

Because of the supermassive black hooooooooooole-ah! in my backyard, the sprinklers have to stay off until the back lines get re-routed. Which means that my garden is going to have to tough out August in Texas with no supplemental watering. This is where I either prove that I've done a good job putting in tough plants and establishing them in a good way (long, slow, infrequent watering to establish deep roots) or I'm full of it. I put a picture of a section of my garden under the cut for a reference. That's one week without sprinklers (which is normal, I only water once a week if I water.) Also, a few folks asked about Turffalo grass, and it's a hybrid of buffalo grass, a native prairie turf. Turffalo is a bit thicker, plusher, but still requires no supplemental watering nor do you need to mow it - it stops growing at about 4 inches, so it's nice and tall and fluffy. IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!! Lol. It's for arid climates, though, so you East Coasters should not waste your money. You'll kill it by March with the amount of water y'all get. Texas to the north and all the way out west (barring the PNW) can utilize that stuff.

Who was shocked by Top Chef's decision last night? If you talk about the show, please put "Spoiler for Top Chef" in the subject to help folks out. Also, I want to smack the rapist glasses off Alex's face because WHO STILL WEARS THOSE? He has a big ol' turtle head and rapist glasses and I would like for Mike Voltaggio to walk in and just give him a scathing look. And then "cook up" something for me, if you know what I mean. And I think you do. Ha.



First, here's the garden. This one is big, sorry if your screen is all wonky. This is the part sun/part shade portion of the landscape. And that yellow rose is the Julia Child rose, and man, is that one tough mother trucker. No extra anything and it's just a prolific bloomer. I just put that one in back in April as a tiny shrub and it's tripled in size. They smell wonderful, btw.





My surprise lilies showed up a month early! Hence the name. They're also called "spider lilies" or "oxblood lilies" depending on he region you're from. I call them gorgeous. And they smell great.






DAY TWO: they showed up yesterday super early and finished the shallow end, put up the "safety fence" where my fence was taken down to keep out the hobos (you know how much hobos love empty pools. and hot temperature and no shade. They're gagging for it!) and called it a day. So it was a 3 hour day, all told. This is the Prime Position that I keep taking all of the pictures from.




And here it is from the deep end, the opposite corner. (There's going to be a test, so write this down. Lol.)





Because I'm a complete dork, I couldn't let a certain opportunity pass. And that opportunity would be to re-enact Catherine in the well from Silence of the Lambs. My kids had no poodle dolls, so we substituted a white cat. Which is COMPLETELY wrong, I know, but all of the girls abducted did have cats, in case you didn't notice. Tough toms, if you look closely. And Jame Gumb had an effete poodle who had a LAMB HAIR CUT. Did you ever notice that? Just me? I have issues, I realize.

"PLEASE LET ME OUT. Yer dog fell down here, I think she's hurt real bad!"




Don't you hurt my dog!
DON'T YOU MAKE ME HURT YER DOG.



And yes, I realize it's weird that I enlisted my son to take the pictures. I almost had him lean over and pull on his shirt and shout, "Ehhhhhhhhn!" at me, but that would have been too much. Hahahaha.




DAY THREE! (The beginning)

These guys are smart. They brought in fans. They're the steel/re-bar dudes.





¡Hola, Gente!



And again from the deep end.


I really need the guy that said he'd design and build our shade structure to call me back, because I have to submit the plans ASAP to get approval from our HOA. [I know, I know.]] We can't put in decking until the shade structure is DONE, so yeah. I need him to step on it. Or I need to find someone else that can engineer and weld like, yesterday.


ION, I've been sucking down Criminal Minds like there's no tomorrow. Man, I love that show. And I really really need Shemar Moore to have his shirt off and be heroic in every single episode, thanks. Hahaha.

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kuzu_no_ha
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
It puts the lotion on its skin!
I'm sorry if you have mentioned already and I missed it, but how big will the pool be when it is finished?

Watching your pool construction is so much more interesting than looking audition notices. :-)
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Re: It puts the lotion on its skin!
The pool will be 40 feet long by 20 feet wide and 9ft deep at the deepest end.

I'm taking a sabbatical from auditioning while the pool is going on, because yeah. :)
fabrisse
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge CM fan. Let me know if you want fanfic recs. *G*
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, lay them on me! I don't know how fannish I'll be about it, but where there is fanfic, there is discussion.

and I may have started plotting out a Hotchner story, IDEK.
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swmbo
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Hhahaa, you're recreation of SotL kills me. Also, omg, THAT GARDEN, DO WANT.

Ohhh, and supposedly there's gonna be a spinoff of Criminal Minds this fall (one of the last episodes of last season had the prep for it, our unit had to partner with another one and we got 'introduced' to them all. They're kind of annoying and awful, though, but I'm hoping that is just because they were SO INTENT on trying to establish that these characters are interesting! complex! have backstories! for the pre-pilot stuff that it'll go away on the actual show, because I DO want a second CM, assuming good casts!)

I WAS shocked but only slightly, because it was a bad mistake to make! IE, I wasn't surprised on the face of THAT episode, just sad in general.
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
HEEEEE. Catherine is my favorite in the movie because she is SUPER SURVIVAL SMART. "Precious?! *ineffectual whistle* I got a real nice treat for ya?" <3

OOOOOOOOOOOH. Really? I've not seen the latest eps, I'm catching up on everything on the ION channel, and the latest ep I'm up to is... 87? I'll keep a razor sharp eye out for these newly introduced characters. I think the team on CM currently is pretty dang solid, I like how they all play off each other.

(And chica, if you send me some specs of your landscape and the types of things you like/don't like, I can map out a preliminary garden design for you. Like: the front of my house faces North East, I have trees that are yay big here or there and they block the sun at such and such times. You have to know by now that I love doing that stuff for friends!)
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flyingichthyo
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, I adore your Silence of the Lambs joke.
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, thanks! :D
dampersnspoons
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
This information cannot leave this room. Ok? It would devastate my reputation as a dude.
There is a secret garden inside all of us, Laura.

And I'm glad you Silence of the Lambs'ed yourself a la our emails. You look way too clean, though. And your nails don't look like town at ALL.
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
I've never bagged a babe.
My nails need glitter polish *cough* looks like town to me.

Wrongful death.

Sometimes they's leaves and thangs that get stuck in thar.
tabaqui
Aug. 5th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
*snickers madly*

Oh, man. Who *could* resist climbing down into a great big pit and terrorizing a fluffy cat?

Your front garden/lawn is *terrifically* green. Wow. I do not water - at all - anything. I hate the thought and if my lawn gets crispy and brown, i just shrug. I can't bring myself to water a lawn, heh. Usually, by this time of year here, it's been so hot that the lawn doesn't need cutting any more, because it's mostly been baked into submission. This year, though, it's been so fucking *humid*, omfg, that things are still growing,which is annoying.

My mint is insane. But at least it's nice to put in my ice water.
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
True fact: grass needs more water/attention that flower beds. Which is why I'm always looking to get rid of it. :)

Oooh, mint. Yeah, once you have mint, you ALWAYS have mint. I always recommend that people grow that in pots because it will take over any flower bed.

I have a huge pot of it at my front door which *gasp!* happens to be where I love to sip mojitos, imagine that?!
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underthethrow
Aug. 5th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
You crack me up so much haha. I've never seen Silence of the Lambs but that part of the post was a great start to my morning.
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Silence of the Lambs is in my top 10 greatest movies of all time - it's so smart and wonderfully made!
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stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
My landscape is TOUGH AS NAILS, so come on with your rolling! (I conditioned it with my old black cat Darthanne, whom doth cease to be.)

HEEEE THANK YOU THANK YOU.
stephanierb
Aug. 5th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)

"It rubs the lotion on the skin or else it gets the hose again."

Ahahaha. Awesome SofL reenactment. I love that movie so hard.

stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
*high pitched voice* Yes it will! Yes it will get the hose!

ME TOO. IT IS ONE OF MY FAVES.
mumsisdaughter
Aug. 5th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
SotL? You're not fooling anyone, lady. That there hole is the biggest, meanest zombie trap ever! What will there be at the bottom to greet them moany-groanies when they tumble in? Spikes? Rotating blades? I bet you've got a super-efficient sluice-down system lined up so the gore can be flushed away cleanly.

Great photos. Those guys are not stupid, bringing those industrial-sized fans. I don't know how you survive in those temperatures. The hottest UK day I've experienced was 33C and that was impossible outdoors. I don't do heat.



stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I wish, but it's sloped! I kill enough zombies down there, they start piling up, eventually they'll walk over their mates and come get me, whoa. (Now, you may next think that I've created a moat. That one should work...)

OOH. Unless I can get my hands on the creature in the trash compactor in the Death Star! :D

Well, we're acclimated to the temps from living in it. I go to someplace with a hint of moisture in the air and a breeze and I break out in goosebumps and a chill.
nemesisstar
Aug. 5th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Criminal Minds is my crack, just so you know. :o) And shirtless Shemar? Yeah, that totally needs to happen in every single episode. I'm particularly fond of Reid - it's the geeks, I know...
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he's REDONK, that Morgan. Lord have mercy. I'm quite fond of Reid, as well, just not in a smoosh my nekkid frame against way. I want to go hang with him in a pub and talk all night. :)
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jenbooks
Aug. 5th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I am SOOO jealous of your new pool and your plant magic! I'm in South Austin and man you ain't kidding about the so-called soil here. We've got nothing but thick mud and clay under our backyard. On the plus side, we've got lots of trees, and the grass tries to cover. On the minus side, probably no way to put a pool in. :/

LOVE the progress pictures!!
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
The one good thing about that clay is that it holds on to moisture way longer than sandy soils, so you don't have to water as often. But that's not much of a consolation when you look at the lush landscapes up north...

Our old house had a massive pecan tree and a pool man told us that it would kill it almost instantly if we started digging. :(

(Slip-n-slide?)
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stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh you know that and I know that, but you know some namby pamby type would call CPS on me...

YEAH. 9th grade Freshman in HIGH SCHOOL. Which is like the worst thing ever. LOLOLOLOLOLOL I'll make sure they have cherries on them and everything.

It does? Girl, I am PALE in comparison to how dark I was a month ago. Too hot to lay out/work in the garden. ;)
ladycyndra
Aug. 5th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
You have a nice garden. I don't have a green thumb! LOL no one would DARE hurt yer dog! XD
stoney321
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
veracity
Aug. 5th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
See, I looked at the pool pics and thought you were Jobeth Williams, climbing away from what Joss totally ripped off from.

Don't give him money and girl panties. Find him the cool dude, force them into friend status, and let your underage boy drive a Rolls. That's the way to do it!

I wish I could have a pool, but sadly, the apartment complex wouldn't like that. If and when I move into my own place? I'm getting a round one in my backyard. Orrrr the one that was on Yard Crashers. I really, really loved the size and shape with the fire pit behind it.

And Criminal Minds is never, ever bad. Ever.
stoney321
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Drive a rolls, check. (That means I'm gonna have to find 5 Grand. Do you have 5 grand? I don't have 5 Grand! [ho, hoooooo don't hit anybody!])

Does your apartment complex not have a pool? That's almost against the law here. (You NEED a cooling off spot.) I thought that pool in Yard Crashers was cool! And they did it in TWO DAYS. Amazing.

(I freaking love Criminal Minds.)
elizardbits
Aug. 5th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
MY ENTIRE BUILDING IS STILL FULL OF GODDAMN NASTY-ASS FISH STANK

I AM ON FIRE WITH CRAZY RAGE
stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
KILL IT WITH YOUR FIRE.

The assholes, obviously. HOW CAN IT STILL BE THERE, WHAT HORRID FISH DID THEY EAT?!
txvoodoo
Aug. 5th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
OMG I freakin love the SotL pics!

And your garden. GAH. I am going to come over and steal it. It'll be found on Sandy Lake Road. I'll send you a ransom note (mostly involving "DUPLICATE IT HERE PLEASE")

stoney321
Aug. 5th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
All plants can be found here! Well, most of them. :)

And I'm already anticipating some massive wilting in this heat, oy. But I don't wish for rain, because that will delay the pool! OH THE BITTER IRONY.
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chantal87
Aug. 6th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
You are so fabulous I cant even take it. :-)
stoney321
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, you'll take it. YOU'LL TAKE IT!!

<3
zyrya
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
The safety fence is the perfect height to trip over!

I can't get over your soil. I ... just can't get over it.
stoney321
Aug. 6th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, the safety fence isn't in any of these pictures, it's a tall, orange netting that runs across the gap in the fence. There's no safety measures out by the construction, which is why I've told all the kids to stay out or face my wrath. :)

That soil. Isn't it CRAP?! You know I'm carting in loads of compost and such for when it's time to landscape... That junk can stay under the decking, but not where my trees will go! (Italian cypress, if you're interested. *g*)
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windstar
Aug. 6th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
I definitely love your landscaping, you have such a good eye for that stuff. I am always envious! Turfalo sounds like just the grass we need here in Benbrook, I will look into it.
stoney321
Aug. 6th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And head's up: Turfallo ain't cheap - you have to plant sod. BUT. It pays for itself quickly when you realize you don't ever have to water it, fertilize it, or mow it.
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ipnotika
Aug. 7th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
You know, I'm terrified of spider lilies. Fer realz. They terrorized my childhood.
stoney321
Aug. 7th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
...you're terrified of a flower? And it's not a person-sized Venus fly trap? Huh.
kseenaa
Aug. 12th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Looking awesome! Progress going well to. :-)
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