Monday, May 2, 2011

We Got Water, Folks!

Last week we did something that should have been done
when we first bought this house.
We got hooked up to our own water.

As is evident by the bare patches in the front yard,
rain water is the only thing that seems
to keep this grass going.
Since rain is scarce here, a well is the next best thing.
We had the choice to continue replacing sod
to avoid fines from the HOA,
or installing a well to keep the grass growing.

Although the equipment looked like something
out of a museum, it did the job.  
The owner of the company said he's been
doing this kind of work for 30 years.
How many people can say that nowadays?

They went about their work,
finding a spot on the side of the house.
Fortunately, our electric and water access
are on the same side of the house.
It costs more if it's not.

Nice jacuzzi, huh?

The actual drilling took the longest.
It still required some hands-on work.

Although I'm grateful there's water to be had,
I'm not crazy about the idea that we had to spend $1600
to keep fines at bay due to something beyond our control.
I'm trying to look at it as one more step in our
drive to be more self-sufficient.
It'll make our home more attractive to buyers,
so we thought it would pay off in the end.

The kicker is that Big K suggested I go out
and buy a few plants to put around the pump area.
No need to ask me twice!

Our neighbor started us off with a peace lily.
Considering how I feel about
living under the rules of the HOA,
I'd say that's quite fitting.
Thanks for the reminder, God
to keep peace as my constant companion.


  1. Hold on here, you mean you get fined if your grass dies from reason out of your control????? I so hope you are able to sell, and very quickly.

  2. Hey Daisy...It's always nice to resolve an issue, bu it's sad that the HOA fines you for brown turf when the county/city restricts you from watering. Sounds like a Catch 22 here.

  3. Jane-Yeah, it's nonsense, huh? Thanks for the good wishes. From your lips to God's ears!!!

    Susan-Yeah, there's really no way to win without spending a lot of money. Lesson learned for the next home...

  4. Consider it a home improvement that's added value to your house. Potential buyers will soon see a nice lush green lawn that conforms with all the other houses. And that's why they're buying right? (suckers)

    I don't which one you'll happier about. Selling the house or getting away from your HOA.

    Since I'm not a big fan of anyone telling me what to do, I think I'd be happy waving "bye-bye" to your HOA.

  5. tami-I'm the same way. Our family tends to go against the grain naturally, so it doesn't really work for us.

    Can't wait to find our new lil' piece of the pie in NC! And no HOA!


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