Friday, May 16, 2008

Let it blow, let it blow, let it blow

Because he is nothing if not a persistent redneck, my husband managed to find us a storm cellar in the midst of every other resident of northeast Oklahoma looking for one as well AND have it installed yesterday AND, because the installation happened while I was at work, he took pictures of the entire process so I could blog about it. And I didn't even ask him. I don't know how I could love that man more.

Diggin' a hole. A big hole. They got about a foot down and hit limestone. Yessssssss. Our cellar is 12,500 pounds of steel-reinforced concrete set in a bed of solid rock. I sleep better at night already.

Paul had to take down half of the fence on one side of the driveway so the semi could make it in.

Down she goes........

And there she is. The installer just piled the rocks and dirt back on top and now it has to settle. After it settles we can pick out the rocks (I'm thinking it's a perfect job for the kids!) and cover it with dirt. Everyone keeps telling me that I should plant flowers on it and around it, but I totally have a vision of our cellar mound covered in pink plastic flamingos.......Tater said that was pretty much a guarantee that our house would be put on CNN the next time a twister comes through.

Of course, the kids think it's just a fancy new underground playhouse.


Kelly said...

Thats pretty cool!

Going Like Sixty said...

Not that is just cool. Paul doing all that - AND you have a SAFE SPOT.
I'm thinking of all the other uses... mind boggles.

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Okay, a couple things.

First, Paul TOTALLY rocks. He just does.

Second, those are some seriously Gorgeous Kids!

Lady Beekeeper said...

So it just sits there sort of covered with dirt? Is is bolted down or something? Are there any spiders in there? Yet?

I've never seen one installed, before! I am not off to research on the internet to answer my own questions.

Anonymous said...

I'd just hide in there to scrapbook. Anyway, we use the basement around her and if things get REALLY bad, the crawlspace.

Anonymous said...

While it is a cool underground playhouse, it is also a nice place to store the Christmas tree and vinyl pool!


Jill of All Trades said...

Good for you and yours.

Hillbilly Mom said...

I am OH SO GLAD you have this storm cellar. You are the first person I think about when I hear tornadoes are headed our way. You know, because you always go hogging the spectacular weather, like the tornadoes and the floods and the ice storms, so they are all petered out (heh, heh, I said 'petered') by the time they get here to Missouri.

My entire family has basements to hide in. I can't imagine how freaked out I would be if we didn't have anywhere to go.

Too bad your cellar didn't get installed by the pool boys I had a couple summers ago.

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