A short note. I am currently extending the downspout drains to take the water away from the center of the yard. During the heavy rains, the yard floods and takes a while to move away. Twiggy loves to play in the puddles, and Lucy hates to get her feet wet. In some of the later photos (By the glove), a tall white pipe is a cleanout. It needs to be cut and lowered by about six inches, so it is not as prominent.
I let Lucy and Twiggy into the construction area to have a look.
“Look at this pipe, Twiggy.”
“I see it. What’s it for, Lucy?”
“I heard talk of extending the downspouts. I think this is the purpose.”
“Extending downspouts? What for?”
“I think to take the rain away from the house.”
“I remember the puddle that used to form here when it rained. I loved playing in it. Drove mom crazy when I ran back into the house dripping wet.”
“Yeah, and that dried-up spot continues to be there.”
“Hey, there’s a stick.”
“I’m going to have a better look.”
“Can’t beat an old stick. This oak is a giving tree.”
“Now I see. The downspout is connected to this longer hose.”
“I just love the taste of oak.”
“Mom’s going to be mad if she catches you with a stick.”
“She hates it when I chew sticks. She’s afraid I will choke. Okay, I’ll stop.”
“You trying to get out of that gate, Little One?”
“No, I just wonder what it is doing here?
“To keep us out of this mess. That’s why.”
“Doesn’t work when Dad leaves it open. Oh, look some smelly stuff on the pipe.”
“Twiggy. Get away from there. That is the sealant. You’ll get stuck to the pipe if you put your nose in there. So what are you two doing in here anyway?”
“Inspecting the work, Boss.”
“What do you think?”
“See, that’s the beauty of being a dog, Boss. We don’t have to think.”