We have a bit of a muddy mess on our hands — but we are happy. Why is that? Well for starters, there are no more stumps from the giant, oddly shaped and out of control pine trees in our yard — the “stump guys” who live near our house were in the neighborhood looking for jobs and we hired them to remove our stumps for cheap.
The other reason we are so happy — the guys who took out our stumps are no longer stuck in our yard. Yes — we had a regular stumptastrophie over the weekend. The ground is starting to thaw, but only about the first foot is completely unfrozen — which quickly becomes a layer of super squishy mud “frosting” when any kind of weight is applied to the surface. That means — lightweight pickup trucks towing stump grinders get stuck pretty easy. Jim and I — who were high and dry inside relaxing — heard the commotion and realized the stump guys were stuck in the mud. One of them ran over to get our neighbor to help push the truck out — and Jim went out to help. Unfortunately the only action that happened with three guys pushing and one driving was that the tailgate fell off the truck. Then I was enlisted to drive the truck while all four guys pushed — which ended in defeat as well. As the rain poured down and the mud got worse and the duct tape that was probably the only thing holding the bumper of the truck on started to loosen — the lead stumper guy suggested that we use my car to pull his truck out of the mud. This made me beyond nervous — but having a duct tape truck and a stumper permanently sunk in my side yard didn’t sound like a better idea — so I reluctantly agreed. As they crawled under the car to hook up the rope, I mouthed the words, “You get what you pay for!” to Jim — who stood in the pouring rain. Luckily, my little car gave just enough of a pull to get the truck loose and soon the stump guys were on their way, the stumps were gone and Jim and I stood, soaked and covered in mud laughing about the whole adventure.
Now I have a lot of pine needles to rake up…
…and a blank slate for a side yard. Hurrah!
Now to come up with a plan before the spring crop of weeds starts to sprout!