Strike a joint

Yesterday M started building the patio wall.  I went out to help for a little while.  M gave me the job of striking the joints.  No, not that kind of joint, you sillies.

From the Stone Glossary:

Strike:  Cut off with a trowel the excess mortar at the face of a joint.  Also known as ‘struck joint.’

The tool I used (pictured above) was not a trowel.  It is called a jointer.  The joint is the space between the bricks, and striking (or jointing) is done to finish or smooth the mortar before it hardens.  At least I think that’s what it is.  If there are any masons out there reading this, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

(It’s starting to look like a wall!)

A not-so-funny thing happened on my way out to help.  I was carrying Izzy (one of the cats) out for her roll around on the flagstone.  As I stepped out the back door I must have mis-stepped as I twisted my ankle and went falling to the ground.  Poor Izzy was so freaked out she didn’t think to run away.  Instead she ran towards the door, begging to be let back inside.  I’m fairly certain I didn’t break anything.  It’s probably a sprain.  I will try to rest it for a few days and see how it goes.  Ice and elevation have kept the swelling down and compression helps when I’m hobbling around.  I would like to avoid x-rays as I just had x-rays done on Tuesday of my left thumb (probably arthritis causing the swelling and pain) and my right knee (training for a 5k injury and the swelling keeps on keeping on).  I’ll be radioactive soon if this continues.

I have been very klutzy lately.  More so than usual.  I wonder if it’s because I spent the month of May looking up?  Perhaps I better spend the month of July looking down so I can see where I’m going.

(The floor of the kitchen at night.)

12 Comments on “Strike a joint”

  1. anhinga says:

    You are such a delight to read even without the marvelous photography. Your line of thinking on this one was a romp across several subjects, yet you tied them together–with a nice bandage? 🙂 Hope you heal well again. The wall is looking great and love the cloud picture.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Anhinga. I take that as high praise coming from you as you are one of my favorite writers. 🙂

      I’m glad you caught that. I was trying to tie together all those joints. 😉

  2. Kala says:

    Love the flare in that image of the clouds!

  3. Anna says:

    Oh ouch! I sure hope your ankle is okay and you’ll mend quickly. I stubbed my little toe recently not paying attention to the jutting wall. I thought I had broken it but it is okay now. That hurt! Strike a joint, eh? LOL Well, that looks like quite the job. Love the photo of the kitchen floor at night! So pretty with the patterned shadows and light.

    • Robin says:

      Anna: Ouch! Sometimes I think there’s nothing worse than stubbing a toe. I know there IS but at the time, when I first stub it, OW OW OW! Glad to hear it’s okay. 🙂

  4. Joanne says:

    My first thought, on reading the title, was that you had done yourself a damage…hope your ankle is okay!

    Oh, please don’t stop looking at the clouds, they are beautiful and you photograph them so well! Just take care….

  5. Kel says:

    hope you’ve got the comfrey/arnica on hand and that your the swelling/pain subsides quickly

    your kitchen floor looks magical – is that light coming through the window or a skylight?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kel. It’s doing better. 🙂

      The light is coming through a window on a cabinet. Inside of the cabinet is what we call (and maybe others do too) a “hockey puck” light. It’s just enough to give us a nightlight in the kitchen and it creates wonderful patterns because the glass is not smooth. We had the glass custom made by a local glass guy and it’s bumpy and wavy, creating those lovely patterns when the light is on.

  6. jenna says:

    I wish I’d had time to strike a joint this weekend. Heh.

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