As I mentioned in a previous post, after more than a decade of faithful service, the dryer has died. A new washer and dryer have been ordered, but are not going to arrive until the end of the month. Which is why on Sunday my back yard looked like a Chinese laundry.
And while we're on the subject of my glorious back yard, let me mention my neighbor issues. We live on a half acre lot, and all of the other lots on our street are half acre lots. Behind us, however, is a long, thin two acre lot which runs behind four of the lots on our street. Our neighbor bought it about the same time we bought ours. First he built a big fence, which blocked our view to the ditch, and then he started digging. Pretty soon there were mountains of dirt right behind our house. Eventually it became clear that he was excavating a foundation. A couple of months later, a new house began to go up.
I "affectionately" refer to it as the Taj Mahal. Where once there was a peaceful view of fields and livestock, there is now a ginormous McMansion about five feet from the lot line, with huge picture windows overlooking my back yard. Goodbye, privacy.
There are some small satisfactions, however. For one, our neighbor's view from those big picture windows is of our back yard. Right now his living room overlooks the compost heap. Here is a small sample of the scenic view from his house:
I'm thinking of adding the old washer and dryer for more local color and maybe a rusted out car. What do you think?