The Perils of Lottabusha County


When I arrived home last week from my Texas trip, Randy advised me shortly before arrival: “You will not be able to get up the driveway.”  It did not look like this then; this is the new and improved driveway after son J rearranged the broken slabs and attempted to make it level enough that at least the truck would navigate the giant chasm that is now a section of the driveway.

You started it

This is what started it all…that gargantuan tree root.  First, it was a little crack…and then a bigger crack, and then a buckle…with a patch on it.  All of that happened before we landed on this little hill of horrors.

At some point in the early life of this little cottage on the hill, the concrete pad on what was at that time the carport was extended a little further down the hill.  But as fate would have it, they built the section from the curve down to this point without any rebar.  Yeah, we know–who needs rebar in a concrete driveway, right?  The section just below the dip was added later and is asphalt.  As the roots grew and the water ran under the concrete, that section sunk and the upper section rose up.  Remember folks, water damages concrete!  It has been on the to do list for a year now.

Last week, we had the water treatment system cleaned out…and this is the result of a loaded septic tank truck driving over a cracked pavement.  The priority list got revised.  It was great fun to back up the driveway to the crack in order to unload groceries after having been gone a week.  It was almost as much fun as getting stuck while trying to back down the hill earlier.  I love Lottabusha County….and the buzz of a chain saw.

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11 Responses to The Perils of Lottabusha County

  1. Don’t feel I should technically be liking this! It sounds like a difficult job to put right. Bon courage!


    • Suzassippi says:

      I know what you mean about the ‘liking’–I have said that before, too. They actually have the tree down and cutting it up, and taking out the roots now. Some things, you just have to pay someone to do for you!


  2. Does not sound like fun but the drive to the “cottage on the hill” must be worth it Welcome home. Hope your Texas trip was good.


  3. Beth says:

    Oh yes! Those nasty little tree roots. I feel your pain (and so does my 7-foot pit!)


  4. Suzassippi says:

    Actually, for the first time in Lottabusha County, the workers are great! I just think they may not really relish all the cat poop in the pit as they rebuild the driveway. 🙂 Maybe I will have time to scoop it out before they get here.


    • Beth says:

      Oh, the cats will be so disappointed! One of mine is oblivious and the other inside kitty is terrified of the fans. My workers, for the most part, are great. I had to fire the first restoration guy, but thankfully my insurace company got me to their mitigation department and now things are great. Older homes…


  5. Lana says:

    Oh how fun! Almost as fun as prairie soil that shifts and moves with the seasons making me unable to close and lock doors and cracks the walls in my house. I miss my sandy loamy hill country soil that just stays put. Love the paw prints. It sets the concrete off to perfection.


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