The special (heh) delivery arrived yesterday afternoon and work on the new project will begin any minute now (or once the rain stops). The old patio, pictured above, has to be taken apart first. The patio isn’t old in terms of age. M built that a summer or two after we moved into this house (which was in 2002). The bricks were once part of the kitchen that we gutted and had remodeled. Their sole purpose (besides taking up a good amount of space) was to house a “built-in” oven. It probably looked pretty cool when it was new but it was outdated when we bought the house and that space is now occupied with cabinets and shelves, a much more efficient use if you ask me. And we got a patio out of it.
M took a masonry course last fall to get ready for this project. Hopefully he now knows what he’s doing. I should take that “hopefully” out. I have great faith in him, especially when it comes to these marriage-testing projects. From first glance, I’d say the thing we’ll need the most help with will be moving and placing the flagstones (you can see those sitting to the right of the cinder blocks). All volunteers are welcome. Feel free to sign up in the comments section of this post. 😉
What you don’t see in either picture are the rocks (mini-boulders) I bought for my garden. There really aren’t that many of them but they will take a little work to haul up to the garden. Once we realized how cheap they were, M and I both later thought that we should have bought more as I will likely need more for the garden and any leftovers can be used to line flowerbeds around the house or something. We can always find a use for them.
The guy that delivered the goods was kind enough to bring his truck around to the back so we won’t have to spend the next week hauling bricks, mortar, etc. Three cheers for the delivery dude!
I’ll leave you with a pretty picture. Enjoy.
Garden notes: We’re getting some much needed rain today. Supposed to keep raining for the next few days. Did some chipping and shredding this afternoon, adding to our large pile of mulch. I was hoping to harvest some asparagus but it’s still not ready. Might be able to get about 6-8 spears tomorrow.
The trees are finally bursting out with leaves. The apple and crabapple trees are blooming. The azaleas and lilac buds are about to pop.
(Morning ablutions at the county fair.)
Time for another look at how the mileage and Move 2008 are going.
Could be better, but all things considered, I’m doing ok. I had some pain last week (back, hips, and shoulder) from an almost-fall, and that slowed me down a little.
Here are the stats:
- Mileage for the week: 12.535 miles
- Total for the year: 717.825 miles
- Strength training: x2
- Yoga: x3
I’m feeling better so I should be able to pick up the mileage this week.
You may (or may not) have noticed that Body For Life is on the list of what I’m currently reading. I intend to start the 12-week program on September 22nd. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll have to tweak things a little to suit my lifestyle and my fitness level, but nothing major.
The Exquisite Emma and her parents came for a visit this weekend. As always, I enjoyed seeing them. I can’t believe how big Emma is getting! She’s lost that toddler look and is beginning to look very much like a girl instead of a baby.
Sunday morning Emma and I went out to my garden where she got to look at the empty robin’s nest, pick some tomatoes and flowers, and rub her hands across the asparagus ferns (she said they’re soft). She brought her camera with her and took some photos of the Queen Anne’s Lace and the Black-Eyed Susans. We walked down to the sunflowers so she could take a few photos of those, too. Then she helped me fill the birdbath and water the flowers out front.
That may not sound like everyone’s idea of a good time, but I certainly enjoyed every moment of it. It was nice to have her there for company, and to spend a little time in the garden showing her the vegetables and flowers.
After Emma and I finished our trip around the yard, we all hopped into the car and headed to the Randolph Fair. It’s a good thing we went early as the day heated up quickly and by the time we left (near 2:00pm, I believe) we had all just about melted.
I have lots of photos from the fair, but little space for the month left in my Flickr account so the photos may have to wait until next month (or maybe I’ll figure out how to resize them on my own so I can get them posted before that). As you can see from the above photo, they were celebrating 150 years of fairdom.
I entered a jar of my pickled hot cherry peppers. I didn’t get so much as an honorable mention, but I was expecting that since this was my first entry. It gave me a chance to look over the other peppers, especially the winning jars, and now I know what the judges are looking for and will alter my methods accordingly. The jar of peppers I entered wasn’t what I really wanted to enter because the peppers were sliced rather than whole or cut in halves. But we’d already eaten or given away the peppers that were halved before I thought about entering so I went with what I had available. The judges seem to prefer whole peppers. That’s cool. I have admit: They are prettier that way.
I forgot to post this yesterday. And forgot where I was headed after the pickled peppers. That’s ok. It’s tomato season now and I have plenty to keep me busy for at least today.
I’m still moving, but have not been doing a good job of keeping track (or updating, obviously). To top things off, I’m been feeling pretty run down for the past few weeks, something I only noticed when I began to get my energy back over the weekend. I’m assuming the anemia has been playing a role, and the iron supplements kicked in on Saturday, thus making me feel better.
Here’s the stats for last week:
- Total for the week: 18.00 miles
- Total for 2008: 668.22 miles
- Strength training: x1
- Yoga: x3
Now that my energy is back, I should be able to improve on that this week.