Monday, May 19, 2008

It's a Jungle out there

The HOA hires some landscaping crew to come in once a week and mow the lawns. This means that we don't have to do any yard work, and it would work out perfectly for us, except that the sprinklers come on virtually everyday.

By the end of the week, the grass has grown up so tall that Rachel can't lift her feet high enough to walk in it. When she crawls it comes up to her armpits and tickles her nose.

We like that it is lush and green, but sometimes it gets too lush and too green, if that's even possible. Considering the fact that we live in a desert, I would say that it is possible. Not that we don't appreciate having grass--we do, believe me, we do--but it seems that it is watered a little too often. We are sure to make use of the lawn almost daily, however, regardless of how long or wet or hot it may be.

The overwatering of the lawn gives us ample opportunity to find all sorts of slimey creatures: eathworms, slugs, snails, and anything else trying to avoid an untimely drowning.

Rachel is always looking to expand her diet and is therefore willing to try anything she happens to find while combing through the grass. I do my best to stop her from eating anything too unappetizing, including the aforementioned earthworms, slugs, and snails. Although Patrick ate his fair share of slugs when he was little and seemed to turn out alright, I don't really want my daughter to follow his footsteps. I let her eat the occassionaly ant. That's about as far as I go.

I suppose we'll just continue to enjoy it while it lasts. We won't get much grass in Egypt, that's for sure. Although Egypt is greener than Jordan, it is mostly a gigantic sandbox. I'm sure Rachel will be fine with that, though. She enjoys eating sand as much as she enjoys eating grass.


  1. I AGREE. Being in England and it being lush and green is one thing: who needs to waste water on the lawns here! But in Utah? PUH-LEEZE. My biggest pet peeve is BYU watering the sidewalks. ??????????????????? Come on! There has been constant drought in Utah for as long as I can remember, and "God's" university can't get a brain in its head and stop wasting water on totally frivolous things? That's provident living for you, isn't it. And then the rest of Provo.... Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhhhh!
    Yes. In case you haven't guessed, you totally hit one of my biggest gripes EVER with Utah.

  2. What, you don't think the sidewalks will grow if we water them, Heidi? :o)

  3. That's one thing I love about NC-the lawns never 'need' to be watered. We've been in a drout for about a year now and the 'sad and dry' lawns that they show on TV look almost as good as the over-watered lawns in UT.

  4. 1) I completely agree with what you said about how people water here. It always drove me insane when we lived in Orchard Creek that they would water in the middle of the day, when all the water evaporates from the heat and scorches the grass. Why can't we just acknowledge that we live in a drought prone desert, and have some kind of watering restrictions like the rest of the west?

    2) The first two photos of Rachel made me laugh out loud. I love the yoga pose, but the raised eyebrow in the feral baby shot is fantastic!