Friday, July 13, 2012
Redneck Water Feature
I've got a long sprinkler-type hose that I set up on the sides of my house, which waters the grass without watering my neighbors' houses, a fact I'm sure they appreciate. I still do set up the hose and water this area, because the top of the slope - a place where the hose reaches to - has plentiful and happy grass. So I set up my hose, from happy grass to no grass, and water it every other day for a few hours. I just keep hoping that my consistent watering will do something for this dry patch. So far, so bad.
I was weeding in the backyard the other day and just feeling really great. Happy, at one with nature, etc. I paused and looked around, just enjoying myself. And, frankly, enjoying time away from my children, who were probably fighting inside. It's like Lord of the Flies in there sometimes.
And then I heard it - this beautiful tinkling, plopping, happy noise. I was trying to put my finger on it. What is that calming, serene sound? And I realized - the barren area, since it slopes downward, had collected the water into a pool. And when water sprinkled out and landed into the pool, that was where that noise was coming from. I had my own little water feature!!
Forget spending thousands on landscaping. All you have to have is a slope, bare ground, and a sprinkler. And you've got yourself some fine ambiance. Come over anytime, guys. We can sit next to my bag of poopy diapers on my back step and enjoy the happy plopping noise together. I may even give you an otter pop.
Really, we should start calling my house The Idahoan Bellagio.