Blog Be Rollin’ Again

Brooke here.  North Carolina took a long time to shake off the dickishness of winter–as of two weeks ago, we were still losing power to ice storms on a fairly regular basis–but it’s finally spring! So, time to dust off the home blog and start posting again. …where were we? Let me reread some of […]

Butterfly Weed

Brooke here. There is no more ivy on the house. (This is actually not entirely true; there’s a small patch of ivy just off of the front stairs that I keep carefully trimmed.  It is there as a warning to the rest of the ivy, saying, Once, I was many. Now, I am one. Stay […]

Glass is Half-Full, Really

Brooke here. We’re… oh, I think “exhausted” about covers it.  We got a break from the non-stop rain for exactly eight days. A full week-plus of not having to bail out the basement, woo! We made the most of it by catching up on some yard projects we’ve been slacking on due to Bailing, and […]

Why haven’t you posted for two weeks? Well…

Brooke here.  My sister yells at me for exaggerating.  She says I blow things out of proportion.  Like how I claimed Brown and I have done nothing for the last few weeks but bail out the basement. See, we got the front lawn regraded and I put down seed and there’s a drywell and a […]

Castle first, THEN moat.

Brooke here.  I had a dream the other night that Brown and I were adrift in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with no trace of water.  We fought, Mad Max style, for survival against marauders in the brutal desert hellscape.  Notice I said dream, not nightmare… Remember last week when the new poured concrete A/C platform was […]

If…

Brooke here. If you get water in your basement, and… If you start a major digging project to control that very problem, and… If you find yourself with one, maybe two hours of work left before that project is finally done, and… If you’re tired and decide to call it a day, then finish it […]

The French Drains (II)

Brooke here: Digging in the Fury Hole continues.  After Brown and I completed the initial cleanout, we took a few days to watch the ground when it rained to see where and how the water moved.  Turns out it moves straight down into the basement.  Not kidding. In the above image, we had taken one […]

Nothing much, just digging. You?

Brooke here.  It’s been a busy week, so I thought I’d post a quick picture of what Brown and I have been up to. Sooooo…. The hole is six feet wide, thirty feet long, and two feet deep at the lowest point.  The ground is wet Carolina clay that’s interwoven with thick ropes of ivy.  […]

The French Drains (I)

Brooke here.  I’ll eventually get back to the bathroom posts, but right now we’re all kinds of furious so you might as well enjoy the ride. So. Long-time readers will remember we’ve been having nothing but problems with drainage on the west side of the house.  Despite the previous owners’ insistence that they had installed […]