Happy May! "April showers bring May flowers". Sometimes.
This post remains "in progress" until the overhaul work described is finished. My family will like these updates and I hope blog readers will too! After completion, this blogger will happily break from lengthy posts for a while. It is time to appreciate the outdoor months which pass by way too quickly! Artistic pursuits continue and the contact page remains open.
Here at the Jentz household, we are in full, outdoor home repair mode. Gone are the flowers. At least for now.
As some readers might know, my family owns a 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home. That is, our house is a sprawling, contemporary, prairie-style ranch with lots of lannon stone, windows, and abundant closets (something original Wright homes lacked).
A slew of architects in this area learned the "Wright style" and ours undeniably resembles Wright's Taliesin, but smaller by far.
It was a good buy about twenty years ago and has been a generally low maintenance property to date, however, "the piper has come to claim his due."
We have two repairable issues.
Firstly, an observable sinking spot, located at the driveway door entry, has become a major concern.Years of snow and rain water runoff have washed away the dirt and gravel underneath the pavement. A portion of the drive can no longer support itself and that is why it is sinking fast. Trouble.
Secondly, the original backyard land was pitched incorrectly. The ground has settled dramatically since construction. Now, when it rains, water has begun to seep in through the basement windows. Just like a running faucet.Trouble.
Thankfully, our cinder block basement walls are twelve inches thick. That is four inches more than the standard thickness required by law. They are not prone to leakage.
Further, this house was built on solid rock; not swamp. Underground streams are an issue in this region and they can make their way into basements. Fortunately, we don't have a nightmare of this sort to deal with. Our sump pump never, ever runs. That's the good news.
Investment and sentimental attachments with home ownership
John, our contractor, will be working to replace, repair or toss the broken. This project could not be done in stages, as everything needs to be perfectly pitched from the backyard to the drive side of the house. You are looking at "major yard surgery!"
Indeed, we are reminded, that family homes are an investment and worth saving for the future.
And only for sentimental reasons (not practical), I was sorry to see this garden go. My sons played here and even helped to place the little trail and plants. I wrote about the tree that once graced this garden.
See what remains? It is the stump pictured above. "Boohoo", poor monkey tree!
END OF MAY 2017
That's all folks! It has been a long process. Let's give this all time to grow? I will revisit this page sometime in July with photo updates.
A MAY 13th Garden
Fatima Shrine and Gardens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fatima's 100th Anniversary Year. A mass and prayer service took place later in the day. Slide show:
"Francis preached the teaching of the Catholic Church, that the world was created good and beautiful by God but suffers a need for redemption because of the primordial sin of man. He preached to man and beast the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God (a common theme in the Psalms) and the duty of men to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God's creation and as creatures ourselves. On November 29, 1979, Pope John Paul II declared Saint Francis the Patron Saint of Ecology. Many of the stories that surround the life of Saint Francis say that he had a great love for animals and the environment." from Wikipedia
Working my way through a 9th edition copy of "Lives of the Popes ". A factual read, recalling all types of men who were chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church since St Peter the Apostle. The papal list includes descriptions of heroic saints and martyrs, heretics and scoundrels, and all those in between. Ends at date of publication in 1998.
The scholarship in this book is both notable and engaging. The first few chapters introduce the reader to the techniques used to uncover what life was like in the times of St. Francis and how historians separate fact from inflated. The rest is an engaging biography filled with historical context that makes 13th century Umbria come alive. By Arnaldo Fortini.
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