“The King*” has his own backyard play area now

Over the weekend, Grandma and Papa finished putting together a play area for me in the backyard.

Papa says this play area could be the most expensive play area ever built.   It seems that Papa found this Little Tykes Playground play set way back before Christmas with free shipping, a huge savings considering this thing weighed in at 240 pounds when it arrived in two boxes.  He couldn’t pass up a deal like this.  And since we no longer have a dog we don’t use the area behind the garage, a play area for me seemed like a great idea.

Unfortunately, the wooden privacy fence in the part of the backyard Grandma and Papa wanted to set this thing up at was in pretty bad shape.  They were concerned I could get hurt on the fence or “escape” through one of the broken fence boards.    So Grandma hired someone to fix the fence…  that ended up being someone who replaced all 250 feet of fence around the entire backyard….  $$$…

OK, fence is finally replaced.   Now the area behind the garage, where the play set will reside, needs to be brought up to spec.  You could hardly get back there because of the row of bushes.   So, bushes had to be moved making it easier to walk in and out of the back grassy area.   We have very little grass in our backyard….  $$$

Of course, you can’t set up a play set that Grandchildren might fall off of (this play set if about 6 feet high at its highest point) on hard packed dirt.  Something safer needed to be laid down first.   The solution, a couple of inches of rubber mulch… 2,000 pounds worth to be exact.  $$$

But wait, when measuring the area to determine how much rubber mulch we might need, Grandma discovered that the ground is not the least bit level.   Papa thinks that could be problematic.  Solution, have the landscape people who are going to move the bushes to a different location, level out the area for us… $$$$$

The bushes are moved and the ground is level.   The landscape company even laid down some black plastic stuff to prevent grass and weeds from growing up through the rubber mulch.

But wait again..  The place that sells the rubber mulch doesn’t normally deliver, although they will for a huge fee.  Fortunately, the landscape folks agree to pick up and spread the rubber mulch for us saving us a ton of work.  Papa had no idea how he was going move and unload a one ton bag of rubber mulch… $$

Fence is fixed, area is level, and the rubber mulch is in place.  It’s now time for Papa to finally assemble my play set..  gee, it’s only been almost 2 months since it was delivered and I’m ready to play.

I went to the petting zoo with Mom while Grandma and Papa put the play set together… something about small children possibly getting in the way and inappropriate language.

Finally.. Sunday morning after church, Grandma and Papa took me into the backyard for the unveiling….  My play area was complete…  and it was well worth the wait.

Grandma even set up a small picnic table for me… Little Tykes Easy Store Table

And there is enough room, even with the play set, for me to kick around my ball and play with bubbles.

This is way too cool.

*Now you also know why my good friend Jim coined the term “The King” to describe me.

Well, that’s it for today.

Thank you for stopping by and please stop by again… and tell you friends.

Anthony

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