Friday, November 23, at home in Arizona
The fence supplies arrive!
Reggie and Roger are inside the house because the double gate is wide open in preparation for the delivery. The boys have no way to see what’s going on in the back yard.
Oh, I see how this works. He parks the truck in the street and brings the stuff in using the forklift hanging on the back.
First thing the driver does is come over to me with the paperwork to review.
Then I show him where to place the posts, fence panels, and bags of Quikcrete. He brings in the Quikcrete first.
Next he goes around to the other side of the truck and picks up a bundle of fence panels.
I count each load to make sure we receive everything that Dennis ordered.
Four bundles of ten fence panels each. . . . That’s a lot of fence!
Last are the pressure-treated posts:
The driver hops out of the forklift with a small tablet in hand. I sign with my finger, we exchange a few friendly words . . . .
“Well, I’m off to my next delivery and then I’m done!”
I close the double gates behind him and head for the back door.
“Okay, cuties! You can come outside now. There’s something different about our yard. Go check it out!”
Roger doesn’t hesitate.
He makes a direct line to investigate the stacks of lumber, trotting confidently, showing no fear.
Reggie’s approach is much different.
He detours around the back of the Best Little Trailer, hesitates, and then very tentatively circles this massive “thing” that has invaded his yard.
He’s particularly wary of the plastic wrap on the bags of concrete. Of course. This is the guy who barks at plastic bags flying in the wind.
“It’s okay, Reg. Don’t be nervous.”
He slinks around to the other side.
Reggie musters his courage but the slightest flapping of the plastic startles him.
The boys have distinct traits.
While Roger immediately detects whether an object is animate or inanimate, Reggie isn’t sure until he inspects. Eventually Reg realizes there is no threat and relaxes.
Meanwhile Roger is roaming with his nose to the ground.
“Those are some big tracks, eh, Rog?”
Tomorrow the work begins! I’m so excited. The fence is going to totally change the back yard . . . .
“Does that cedar smell good, Reg?”
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Saturday, November 24
Dennis arrives early with another man. When he introduces us, I stumble over the pronunciation of the Spanish name. They laugh and suggest I call him Gilbert.
The men get right to work.
You may wonder why so many fence panels — forty in all. That’s because not only will the new fence go across the back, it will also come up the sides of the back yard. Since the wood’s appearance will change over time, it’s best to have the entire fence installed around the same time.
The back yard will become our private sanctuary!
In the photo below the chain link and posts on one side of the yard have been removed. Dennis and Gilbert use an auger to dig new holes for the new posts. (The old posts were 10 feet apart; the new posts are 8 feet apart).
The men work throughout the day until dark.
I’ll show you their progress in the next post!
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