Nothing says springtime in the country like green grass, blossoming trees, and the fragrant smell of …… an open septic tank.
We live in a beautiful rural area, and sometimes people are envious of our location. We love our country home, but I thought I should clear up any misconceptions that country life is all sunshine and flowers.
Here at Grandma’s house, we recently received a letter from our local township office informing us that it is time for an inspection of our septic system. We are required to pay a $75 inspection fee every five years for the privilege of having our septic system checked out by an expert septic system inspector (talk about a dream job!).
Had it been five years already since Grandpa uncovered our massive septic tank? Time flies when you’re busy flushing!
As soon as we mailed off our $75 fee, Grandpa commenced digging. It was hard work, but thanks to Grandpa’s ingenious use of logs five years ago to displace some of the earth, it didn’t take as long as it did last time.
Finally, it was time for the inspector to inspect. We knew this because he called us yesterday at 6:36 AM to confirm his appointment. He arrived at our house in the afternoon with his assistant who is pictured below.
While his assistant waited in the truck, the inspector jumped right in and started inspecting.
If you’ve never had the joy of standing outside on a warm, sunny day staring down into a septic tank, then you haven’t experienced country life to the fullest! The verdict is that our septic system looks good, at least as good as a septic system can look. We passed the inspection!
Whew! That’s over for another five years.
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of country life. In spite of our septic system, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!
City life or country life, what’s your preference?