Friday, April 6, 2012

Tipping Point

So today was the day of days, O wonder and splendour! Today we passed the half-way mark in the number of cars removed from the yard. Today we got rid of car number fourteen. Rusty be praised.

Well, okay, that's only counting since the beginning of this blog, which we started in June 2010. If we go by the number of cars here in the yard at its worst, we've gotten rid of sixty-six cars, or a good 84.6%, which is pretty damned impressive if you ask me.

Today's sacrifice to the Gods of clean yards was the old brown Saab over by my (poor neglected) vegetable garden. It was, in fact, the old junker under which a certain batch of kittens hid once upon a time; but such sentimental concerns did not save its rusty self from the scrapyard. Mind you, to a hoarder, that would have been a perfectly valid reason to keep it, forever. And you know I'm not kidding.

It was a little tricky to tell just how rusty it was, as the thing had been painted rust-brown to begin with; but I'm pretty sure it was, like almost all the other cars in the yard (including the fiberglass ones), the inevitable rusty hunk of rusty rust.

But it went, and that patch of grass can get started on growing in again. Here's the before:

And the after, yay!

And there it is up on the ramp truck. The guy taking it away, José, gave it the usual dubious look. It is a little surprising he found something solid enough in the front to hook the chain to. But he did, and away it went.

So like I said, that makes fourteen down, with twelve left to go in our Mr. Rusty Jones's countdown. I don't know about you, but I'm thinking that means the single digits are in sight. And that is good news!


Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze me at just how many cars there were all over the lawn.

You sisters should be nominated for women of the year for taking the hoard out of the yard and reclaiming the grass.

Love seeing the progress and marveling at how you two seem to keep up a good sense of humor in the writing of the blog.

a reader from the chicago area

NanaR said...

Hooray! It's all downhill from here ;-).

Love the blog, love the pictures, love that you are sharing your progress so that other people can be inspired and encouraged.

Beverly Diehl said...

Love love love, can't express how delighted I am that those tired rusty things are all GOING AWAY.

Yes, hoarders will say, "But I touched that, once, I must keep it FOREVER."