Field of Troubles

So the mulch was blown in on Monday and the footing was too loose for the dogs and I to run on. So Tuesday we rented a roller to try and compact it.

First I drove the mower straight across the field and it seemed fine. So then we hooked up the roller and I drove across again. Both trips were diagonal across the field. That seemed ok so I started a looping path around the outside. The first turn found me stuck!! So I gave up on towing the roller and began pushing it by hand.

Kris was driving the mower on the diagonal while I was going side to side. He took over the rolling and I hopped on the mower. I made a pass on the diaganol and then tried to line up to go back and forth, forward and in reverse. But I got stuck! So I gave up on the mower and put ut away. 

I took over for Kris and finished the first pass of the whole field and then worked my way back again. Kris ordered a roller online because I think it will be handy to have for a while.

I’m going to try watering the mulch and then roll it a couple more times before we run on it again. It could use a little more compaction.

Really wishing I’d just gotten a large pile of dirt and spread that over the grass. Oh well.

Field Leveling

The field of dreams. Of my dreams. Except it’s not yet. The mulch was blown in today but it’s too soft to run on. So now I have to rent a lawn roller to roll the field with and I’m not even sure the mower will travel over the field! I may have to pull the roller by hand!

Just one thing after another, I swear.

Agility Field Dreams

From before we closed on the house i was getting info on leveling the back field. Had an estimate last July and two more this spring. I decided to go with the first guys and after talking with him the estimate went up due to cost increases. Still thr cheapest estimate.

I have no joke been trying to get the project going since May. I got the revised estimate, told him via email to schedule it and id mail the doen payment. That was prior to May 20th. I mailed the down payment the last week of May because it all happened during CPE Nationals. Two weeks ago they came out and leveled the dirt. That was July 22nd!! Obwr two months since i wanted this done.

I was told it would take a week to complete. On Thursday the sand got delivered and Friday it was spread. Mulch is scheduled for the 17th! 

I had really expected to be able to use that field by now when this whole process started. Kris had to get involved and call them to get anything done. I have been calling and emailing the contractor and the main line trying to get some kind of response for weeks now.

Its just all so frustrating because in the meantime its just a dirt field! I cant use it or anything. Plus they didn’t smooth the edges so tbat is yet another thing to deal with this summer. So frustrating!

Maybe I need this

Perhaps i need this blog that no one reads in order to keep grounded? Somewhere to just put down feelings and thoughts in order to help me.

Its been a rough few weeks. Lots going on and its causing me stress.

Leveling the field. That started a week and a half ago on Thursday and nothing has been done since. So we have a field of dirt.

I would like for them to actually finish sometime soon before summer is over so i can actually use it!

We started a patio project four weeks ago and it will probably take another 4 weeks to finish! In the meantime our backyard and parking area is under construction. 🙁

We had to rent a mini excavator to dig out the yard.

We got one wall mostly done but had to quit because we ran out of glue. More glue and blocks will be delivered on Thursday.

Vader is doing amazing in agility! Fast, paying attention and having fun!

Twitch? Well he is Twitchy. He did so great at CPE Nationals and we even got High in Trial for 12″ Standard dogs Level 5! He was fast and consistent and so so good! Standard has been our nemesis for a while now and he got 3 Qs that weekend! Then the next trial at Ridgefield we got zero. We have never had a zero Q weekend before. I still can’t figure him out.


I have a secret passion to be better about my dog training. I wish I had the drive to work harder at it but darn it, sometimes I just want to sit on the couch and drink a beer. Or two.

I did play with the dogs and we worked on a couple tricks we haven’t done in a while. Considering Vader joined us on the couch later I would say he had fun and was a bit tired from it.

We were supposed to begin agility classes for Twitch tonight but a wind advisory postponed the first day. Probably not a bad idea.

I wanted to do a number of things tonight but didn’t get any of them done. The weekend of rain forecasted will give me plenty of time. 🙂