-under pressure-

Anybody know what happens when you run hot water through a garden hose??

There’s this pile of rocks below our house. Sometimes we look at it and think that it has the potential to be beautiful. More often we look at it as an eyesore with a stinky big-leaf magnolia tree growing out of the middle of it. Most of the time though, we simply overlook the mess.

Yesterday was different. We were coming up from the creek with the kids, walked by this pile of rocks, and decided to fill in the crevices with dirt and sand and turn it into something beautiful. We got a good start. We’ve planted some pink and purple dianthus and white impatiens. We’re thinking about adding azaleas, columbines, geraniums…. and who knows what else. Ferns maybe?

So. We’ve dumped new dirt in between rocks, planted some flowers…. What’s the next step? Water, of course! Our only outside water source has been a pump on the complete opposite side of the house… up the hill. Very far away. The (old, abused, cracked) red camp hose that we’ve been using isn’t long enough to stretch down to this pile of rocks below our house.

So we were kind of excited when Roger remembered that there’s a hose bib (WHY do they call it a bib??) in the crawl space under the house. AND that (thanks to our friend Bill) we do possess our own hose – which is in much better condition that the red one we’ve been using.

Judah went up and found our hose and we screwed it on under the house. Everyone else went inside to get ready to eat, and unfortunate me went under the house to turn the water on. My first thought as I was spraying water onto our new plants was, “Weird. This hose has not been lying in the hot sun all day. Should this water be burning my finger??” And then… “Hmm. The water is NOT cooling down. Is there a problem here?” And then, “ROGER…..”

You tell me. Why is there a faucet in the crawl space of our house that’s hooked up to hot water? Oh, and in case you’ve never run hot water through a garden hose (and I don’t recommend it) the thing that happens is: you ruin your very nice hose. It will look like a bleached out snake that has swallowed a small animal and is waiting for it to digest, and a very large stream of water will escape into a place that you weren’t trying to water.

Oh, well. Just another gardening misadventure…..


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Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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2 Responses to -under pressure-

  1. Mom says:

    Such an adventure, but the rock garden should be lovely when it’s done. I guess you have your own ferns in the woods but if not we have plenty of the lacy feathery kind on the dirt bank you all used to dig in. You’re welcome to dig some up when you’re here. Hopefully you didn’t get a hot shower from that hose. Weird tho that it was hot and not cold.


  2. Uncle Dave says:

    Why? Because plumbers are weird ….


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