I wouldn't even take the time to read this if I were you.
I am just sounding off!
I don't know. Maybe what's wrong with me is that it's hot and miserable here day after day!
I thought the worst was over..it isn't! Not by a long shot. I should have known better. I mean we ARE considered part of the desert here..
A week or so ago..they decided (somewhere at city hall..I suppose) to black top our street.
Since I knew this was to happen (those orange cones up and down the street warning us) I thought surely they would send in that blasted street sweeper (I say blasted, because they do a terrible job every week and I have to go out and clean up their mess!) before they put down the the black top.
We have a huge pine tree by the curb that drops needles and giant pine cones, and this is the time of year the needles are thick. I don't mind cleaning them up...but I do mind picking up the dropped trash from the entire street because they don't know how to use the sweeper properly.
I knew our neighborhood was not kept as nicely as other parts of town..not by a long shot...but this was WAY too much!
I heard them coming. So did my neighbors. I looked to the left to see one of them had brought a lawn chair to the curb..and was waiting. Several of us were. Then I saw them come around the corner.
Since I don't know what the equipment would look like I only recongized that a truck was coming..and thought it was the street sweeper coming to clean the street before they laid the blacktop. But..it wasn't. Nope. They were putting down the that black sticky hot tar...and were coming STRAIGHT UP MY SIDE OF THE STREET.
It kept coming and I kept watching as were several other people. Suddenly I realized it WAS NOT the street sweeper but the actual truck and men that lay the black top..and...would you believe they went right over the top of all those foot long needles? Yes, with me yelling at them.."STOP! STOP!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING! STOP!"
They didn't stop. I've never seen such a mess on a street in my life. Piles of black needles and leaves etc. I yelled at them that I was going to report their behinds for doing what they were doing!!!
Yes..I did that.
They finally stopped...and I gave them the rough side of my tongue! I let my Irish show BIG TIME!
They were smart enough to stop work, and drive off. Shortly another truck appeared with shovels and trash cans and they started trying to scrape the black sticky pile of needles off the street. They were able to make the crooked line of the blacktop fairly straight again..
A couple of hours later the black top truck showed up again and put down another layer of blacktop..
...and stopped. Now there is a line in front of the house where they stopped.
The street looked better before they started!
There is a slight bump in the road right near the big old pine tree. That tree was planted by my husband when the one the city planted died. So it is close to sixty years old now. I love that tree.
Still...every week they go over that little bump and drop everything they have picked up before they get to our house.
Did I tell you it's been over a 100 degrees for several days in a row now!
The tree roots grew into the sprinkler system and the mess on the parkway is where PH and my son in law worked on it and fixed it! It's all clean now...no more mud. And the grass is pretty once again.
It's always something...isn't it?
Every time I look at that street I cuss. I do! Darn it!!!!
They must have gotten a bargain on the trees they planted on this street..because they are the ugliest things I have ever seen. What's so funny is that here and there they stuck a palm tree in the ground..another messy tree. Oh well. At least they are trees....I guess.
I'll feel better tomorrow.