The front yard is coming along, but I'm having typical problems with the contractor. Both Kitty and I have noticed that when the boss is around, everything hums along. When he's not there, there's lots of goofing off. I had to laugh yesterday because I caught the boss on camera when he came to survey the work that was supposed to have been finished last week. He saw the progress (or lack thereof) and muttered, "Jesus fucking Christ!" I lol'd. He then proceeded to do all of the work that was supposed to have been done by himself. By the end of the day it looked good. I chatted with him when I got home. He was a bit flustered because his best worker was laid up having been t-boned by a drunk driver the day before. Welcome to NM! I'll hopefully have the trees planted today. The only bad news is that it looks like the job won't be completed before AlbuFURque. Oh well. I'd rather have the job done right.