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Monday, June 15, 2009

Step 1 completed!

Girl power! Never underestimate it. Papaw has been 'out of commission' for a while, so Ali and I have had to do the hard labor by ourselves. The heat has slowed us down a little, but today we finished placing the stones for the steps from the lower patio up to the landing. They are all leveled, interlocked, and packed in with clay.

How do they look?

The next step is concrete. We'll pack the edges and gaps and smash the crushed brick into the top of it to match the way we did the slabs. Then we'll smooth out the slope, and put in some plants and mulch.
There's still lots to do at the top of the steps. We've got to level and secure the deck that is presently just laid on the ground, add a couple of steps from the top slab to the pool deck, rebuild the wood walkway on the other side of the deck (spaces are too big between boards - it's a scavenged piece), and finally, redo the landscape and stepping stones where they dug through to install the pipes for our outdoor boiler last fall. Wow, that sounds like a lot, doesn't it?
Anyway, the pool cover is coming off tonight or tomorrow! A dip after our work today sure would have been nice!


CrazyCris said...

looks good! but what an endeavour you gals have undertaken, bravo!

Cathy said...

WOW!!! What hard work!!! It looks amazing!!! I can't believe you girls are doing this alone!!! Very brave!!!

Good luck!!!

chicamom85 said...

Yea Ali is back! That looks like a lot of work, it will be fun to see it all done. Sasha hopes that Sadie was doing her share.


SquirrelQueen said...

It looks like Sadie has given her stamp of approval to the progress. It is really starting to take shape, you two have done some major work. I bet you are ready for that pool cover to come off, swim time.