While the Boys Are Away, Part 1

by Joan on October 3, 2010

The men in my family have headed to South America for a wedding.  They’ll be gone for nine days.  I was invited to go, but the thought of nine days to hang out and not do one single thing for anther person really called to me.

And then I got an idea.

Historically, I have done a home improvement project when Very Excellent Husband Don has gone on an extended trip.  Usually walls have come down (I love demolition) and a little remodel has happened. I have video of me using a circular saw to remove a wall at 2am about three feet away from sleeping three year-old Cameron’s head. It was funny at the time.  Maybe I should have thought a bit more about safety, but we all survived just fine. Anyway, I weighed the idea of doing nothing for nine days against doing something crazy.  Guess which one won?

So I’m completely redoing our exterior front entryway.  Oh, and this is WAY out of my league – I have not a clue as to what I am going to do, except really change things.  Maybe I should have simply rented a few movies. But what’s the fun in that?

Here’s what I’m starting with (and yes, our house is Blue’s Clues blue.  Long story.) The odd, shiny fence is a small project I tried that REALLY didn’t work well.

Street view

View from the back

Day One was demo.  Our good friend and excellent contractor Dave (he redid our kitchen – beautiful) helped me with the asphalt and concrete removal.  He’s going to be my answer guy when I don’t know what I’m doing.  Thank goodness for friends with skills!  I pulled up every piece of flagstone except four, which were simply too big.

No more flagstone or concrete!

Asphalt gone too!

No wonder I'm sore...that's a lot of stone to move!

So now it’s the morning of Day Two. Even though I’ve been taking Advil every four hours my muscles, each individual muscle, is screaming at me. I have never been so sore in my entire life. I’m sure I’ll feel better soon. Couple of espresso shots and then I’m headed out to figure out what the hell I’m going to do next.  I really should think things through more.

I’ll update every day that I don’t fall into bed too exhausted to type!

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