Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Project Part 1

This project is taking over our lives, but when all is finished we will (hopefully) have a walkway, a patio, and a basement free of water.

Step One: Reroute our gutters, and two of the neighbors', which will prevent water from seeping into basement. IF we can accomplish this we can start finishing out the basement. J spent hours digging a trench from our backyard to the street:

Step Two: Receive paving stones, lose driveway

Step Three: Remove paving stones from pallets as pallets are worth $150.00 to the company even though that seems like an inordinate amount of money to charge.  J moved most of these, but I did my fair share of the work.  Once paving stones are nicely stacked realize that saving so much money on mixed pallets means this will be the biggest puzzle we have ever put together.  And it is going to take us forever to figure out how to set them in the ground.  Regain ability to park car in the driveway.

Step Four: Measure out patio and walkway.  Break up sod.  I'm leaving this one up to J.  It's strenuous work.

J is standing in the patio area.  We are going to plant bamboo along the back fence there if we can find a spare moment to drive out to the bamboo nursery an hour from here.

Step Five: Get distracted by the belly - 31 weeks 2 days

Step Six: Move sod to the side, wonder what we'll do with it.  I stacked most of this, there's lots more to do once the ground dries up a bit.  Rain soaked sod is too heavy for me to lift right now.

Once the sod is moved the ground must be leveled.  Then we're ready for gravel, I think.  This is taking up every moment on our weekends, and a lot of time in the evening as well, but the end result will be worth it ... or so I keep telling myself.  Hopefully the weather improves soon so we can finish moving the sod.  Rain showers are predicted through Thursday, but if the ground dries up some we can continue working.  We want to have this done before Bennett is born, but that may not be possible. 


  1. Wow, that's a lot of work! I am wishing you sunny days and lots of energy to get through it soon.

    And the belly silhouette is pretty fabulous. Hurray, 31 weeks!

  2. Wow, what a lot of work. Looking forward to seeing the finished products. Love the belly silhouette picture too.

  3. Very ambitious plans you have. Of course I was just as ambitious when we renovated our house when I was 6 & 7 months pregnant with D. At least you can go inside and ignore the projects if you need to.

    As for the sod, do you want to get rid of it? Could it be replanted? Here people put it at the end of their driveway with a "Free" sign and it usually disappears pretty quick.

  4. It's a good distraction...lovely shadow at 31 weeks :)


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