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Re: What a mess!

OMG - I admire your restraint Auralie.  Major yikes!

On 10/26/06, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> I won't begin to try to explain all that has gone into this situation, but
> my DH has been obsessed with "decommissioning" our 1000 gal.
> in-ground oil tank.  It was to be replaced with a 330 gal. tank in the
> breezeway, which would just about put an end to my nice garden
> there.  Well, it was going to happen, so I just tried to keep my
> mouth shut -not a thing I'm especially good at.  So here's how
> things have gone.
> To "decommission" the tank, it would be necessary to dig it up
> and wash it out.  The tank is directly below the dining-room window
> and under a bed of plantings.  Yesterday a crew came to dig out
> the plantings, which included a two large azaleas, a 3-foot Mugo
> pine, a nice dwarf pieris, and numerous choice perennials - three
> different hellebores, several varieties of epimediums, hardy
> geraniums and pulmonairas, a nice Paxistma canbiyi, several
> liriopes, numerous bulbs, and some other things I can't think of
> right now.  They were all put in pots and stored in the garage,
> supposedly until the tank was installed, at which time they
> would be replaced.
> Today another crew came to install the tank.  First of all, they
> decided to put it in the garage instead of the breezeway, although
> the nice bed of ivy had already been dug out.  Next, they discovered
> that there were 696 gallons of oil in the old tank, and the new one would
> only hold 330 gallons.  After much noisy arguments and much arm-
> waving (I just came in my office and shut the door while all this was
> going on) it was decided that the thing to do would be fill the new
> tank, but not attach it to the furnace.  We must continue to use the
> oil from the old tank until it is nearly gone.  Considering that the last
> time it was filled was in February, that seems as if it will not be used
> up until midwinter, at which time it would be much too late to replant
> the poor plants stored in the garage.  So it looks as if I will have to
> live with a rough, empty bed in front of the house until next spring.
> The crew will come tomorrow to heel in the displaced plants in the
> garden.  And to top it all off, the last thing this afternoon was the
> discovery that the car is three inches too long to fit into the garage
> with the new tank positioned as it now is, so some further
> arrangement will need to be made (and it's not as if I drove a
> Cadillac, either - just a Chevy Malibu Maxx.)
> As I said, I am trying to keep my mouth shut - so I'm sounding
> off to you guys, where I might have sympathetic ears.  There have
> been some tense moments in the 53 years we have been married,
> but this is near the top.
> Auralie
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