May 23, 2013

One Year Anniversary and H20 Downstairs

It's the 23rd of May, so this anniversary post is a little belated!

We got the house May 18th, 2012, but I still thought it'd be nice to put up a shot from a year ago, so here it is . . .

(Annie. May 18th 2012)
For some reason, I don't have one of the two of us on the first day of owning the house. I think my mom does though. 

Of course, we didn't move in the first day we got the keys. Annie's dad did a lot painting and Annie and her mom did a lot of cleaning and I did some stuff like get food from Arby's and go to Menards. In fact, Leo was the first to spend the night in the new house. We set up a card table in the middle of the dinning room so no one would hit their head on the chandelier, and that was where Leo slept. I stopped after I got off work a few times to check on him and when I'd look in the window he would be on the card table staring back at me. A few days later we all moved in and the family was yet again together. 

So there's a random memory from a year ago. 

One thing we didn't have a year ago at this time (I think), ALL THIS RAIN! 
(Annie used a broom to sweep the water into the drain, and then we put the fan on the floor and all the water evaporated)

It really wasn't that bad, especially since this is the first time we've gotten water in the basement. Well, that's not quite true—we had water in the basement from our tub leaking, but that's not what I'm talking about. 

For a little bit, Annie was worried that the sump pump wasn't working. I could hear water draining into the hole where the pump is, but we couldn't hear the pump. But after the rain was done and  we went out to look at the way the evening sunlight was hitting the water drops on all the plants, we saw water gushing out of the sump pump's outlet pipe. 

(You can see the puddle of water. It came out of the pipe.)
Like I said, we got a lot of rain. Our rain gauge was around 4-5 inches, but I haven't emptied that out all spring, so I have no idea what we actually got. I do know that our potted plants got too much, as you can see . . .

(The middle one's basil. I think.)
To end the post, I'll put up some pictures from the short walk we took after the sun came out, as well as a few random ones . . . Enjoy! 

(Leo helping get rid of the water with his furry paws)

(The onions are winning as far as sprout height in the garden)

(Here are the hops and Annie. Most of the seeds haven't come up yet, but the snap peas and beans and onions have)

(Leo watching us dump water out of the container plants)

(All that rain makes for a jungle! I've since mowed.)

(Leo's creepy)

(A close up of some wet apple blossoms.)

(Some purple tulips near Highland Parkway.)

(One purple tulip near Highland Parkway.)

(I just thought this looked really green.)

(This one makes a good desktop background.)

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