I'm Not Singing in the Rain and Here is Why

Real Estate Agent with Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s 0912122870 LA

I love Active Rain but that does not mean that I love the "Rain"...especially when it causes delays to projects including my own!

Once upon a time the beginning of Summer in Southwest Louisiana was bright and sunny and the grass was green!  New Construction homes were going up quickly, landscapers and yard crews were busy and home improvement projects were started by many homeowners including me!

Earlier this summer were finally decided to put a pool in our backyard.  As a full time Lake Charles Realtor married to a loan officer, we don't get to take a vacation very often.  The summer is usually the busiest time of the year so we decided to turn our backyard into a stay at home vacation we can enjoy throughout the year!

The pool contractor said we were in prime pool digging time in June with the sunny summer, so we planned to begin on June 19.  Of course it rained on June 19 making the yard soggy but the contractor said he could overcome that with plywood boards....so the next day the project began in a week of record breaking HOT temperatures and sunshine.

 The pool was dug in one day on June 20

The path to the backyard involved traveling across the front yard with loads of dirt and a Bobcat

The gunite is sprayed in and plumbing lines laid on Day 2-3.  Then we had to wait a week while the gunite set up

A week later after the 4th of July the  brick couping was installed and the workers rushed to beat the rain headed our way....then work halted.

That was  over 10 days ago.....it has been raining for a week with more rain in the forecast.

This is my dog Rosie just looking for a spot of grass but alas...it is all mud, my dogs world has been turned upside down

and this is the muddy side of my house with access to the backyard

Monday July 9 the first wave of the rainfall came like a monsoon and filled the pool

Friday July 13 the heavy rains continued  and the rainfall accumulated through the week.  Now the water is to top of the bar stools.


Heavy rainfall not only halts construction projects but it creates flooding in low areas here in Louisiana.  Our rivers and bayous rise quickly and are at maximum levels.  Many workers  have lost time off from work due to the rain.  1-2 days of rain is manageable but downpours and a forecast of rain for 2 weeks with no end in sight is frustrating and we are breaking weather records.  Rain affects everything!!  There seems to be a wave parked over Southwest Louisiana of tropical depression that just won't lift.

While I am waiting on my  own backyard stay-cation oasis to be finished something tells me I should have joined my friends vacationing in Destin, Florida where the sun is shining!!




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Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Marilyn, I feel your pain.  We've had the craziest weather I can remember in a long time.  Good luck with the project.  It looks like it's going to be a great one.  

Jul 15, 2012 12:39 AM #19
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

WOW ya'll must be good luck or something, not only did I wake up to a feature post but after I heard it pour down rain, we now have sunshine yeah!!!  hoping it dries out some today and the muddy water evaporates!!  Thanks for all your encouraging comments!!!

Sometimes pictures tell the story the best way possible

Endre--I have had a very busy summer with buyers and sellers not much time for blogging and now this major project!

Gary- I have been very laid back and patient but driving home to a dumpster and porta potty in your front yard everyday gets old thank goodness I have a sense of humor, enough is enough

Kathy I know what you mean about the Florida homes, when we moved to Boca Raton it was nice to see that pools were already in place!

Elyse- yes we are going through inspections right now, waiting on city inspector to okay the electrical to pour concrete :(

Doug- you are invited just not allowed to swim in any purple and gold swim trunks

Bill/liz-  project just needs an end in sight!

juli- funny I was thinking the same thing the other day about waiting until a baby is born and all the joy it brings that you soon forget the pain lol

Alexandra- I bet the sun is shining in CA!!

Pat--a little muddy???  Frogs have invaded and keep me awake with loud croaking!


Jul 15, 2012 12:47 AM #20
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I love this, too. I've never seen how a pool is created up close and personal like this. Question, though, silly as it may sound, why didn't they cover the pool when it started to rain?

Jul 15, 2012 12:59 AM #21
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Elizabeth, not a silly question Elizabeth,,, here in SW Louisiana people don't even cover pools in the winter due to mild temperatures.  Summer showers are frequent here in the South and we are used to that and workers can work around a 20-30% chance of showers the sun usually comes out and it blows over quickly.  I don't think anyone excpected the monsoons we have been getting and that a tropical depression would be sitting over us for days on end

Jul 15, 2012 01:09 AM #22
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Been there...I love the rain. I want it and respect it. I exercise in it. Now, when your money is in new construction, the rain causes delays and it smarts the pocketbook. I also have built a pool and the rain while it cured the concrete, kept the pool finishers from completing the job...all in all, everything works out fine. Oh those swims and BBQ's....worth it all

Jul 15, 2012 01:11 AM #23
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I understand. Last year in Houston, we couldn't buy a raindrop, this year a lot of rain and a lot of flooding.  Listening to it thunder right now.  I think this is about 5 days in a row.  We need some sunshine!

Jul 15, 2012 02:04 AM #24
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Marilyn, It looks like it will be well worth it when it's completed in a couple of weeks? I'm waiting for the rain to stop in Seattle so they can fix my tile roof, very un-sexy.



Jul 15, 2012 03:10 AM #25
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

we've had afternoon thunderstoms for days too.  One day we had 4 inches of rain at my house.

Jul 15, 2012 03:32 AM #26
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Marilyn: Hope the rain lets up and the pool can be finished before the summer is over! Good luck.
Jul 15, 2012 03:50 AM #27
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Marilyn, you did an incredible job with the blog. I feel like I was there. It seems like we haven't had rain here in ages. The pool will be awesome when it finally gets done.

Jul 15, 2012 04:04 AM #28
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

Oh dear, this sounds like the project from hell.  The weather pattern is crazy.  It rained in the other L.A. for two days this week.  L.A.!!!

Jul 15, 2012 04:09 AM #29
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Marilyn we have had a TON of rain here since spring and it's messing things up here as well> Good luck with your project.

Jul 15, 2012 04:33 AM #30
Sharon Paxson
Arbor Real Estate - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate

Marilyn - that is incredible that it filled your pool, and I would be very frustrated too. I am with you a day or two of rain - fine. But not two weeks.

Jul 15, 2012 05:30 AM #31
Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

I can see where that's very frustrating.  We have a situation here where towns will not allow any grading or foundation work to be done from October to April because of land slides (these are towns in the hills).  If rains start early and we dont' beat the deadline, a huge project could be held up for months!

Jul 15, 2012 06:03 AM #32
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
Hey Marilyn. Are those pictures sideways or is my mind playing tricks with me? We are still getting hammered with the rain too. Hang in there.
Jul 15, 2012 09:17 AM #33
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Thanks Eric pictures tell a story don't they?

Jane--yes time for the project to have closure!

Paula- not sure what you mean about the pictures being sideways, they are rotated correctly showing on my end


Jul 15, 2012 10:07 AM #34
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Not fun! Just think what a perfect vacation spot it will be next summer. And hopefully later this summer! Best of luck!


Jul 15, 2012 10:34 AM #35
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist

We have needed the rain so desperately in our part of Iowa, we finally got a couple of good rain showers this week, but nothing like what you are seeing!  I am so sorry to see your yard and project turn into such a muddy mess.  I hope that things dry out for you soon!

Jul 15, 2012 01:53 PM #36
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Marilyn - So frustrating.  Here's hoping you'll have an Indian summer with lots of time to enjoy your new pool.

Jul 15, 2012 04:45 PM #37
Brent & Deb Wells
LivingWell Properties - Prosper, TX
Prosper TX


It will be well worth the wait. We built ours about 6 years ago and have loved having it. It seems to take forever to build and then you can't imagine the house without it. Best of luck...


Jul 15, 2012 10:35 PM #38
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