While the Boys Are Away, Part Three

by Joan on October 8, 2010

I am totally exhausted.  I can barely type.  But you know, I have been having a blast.  I don’t know what that says about me, but doing hard physical work on a project that makes my home a bit nicer – well, I guess I’m just a freak that way.

Day Five was TOTALLY DEPRESSING.  About halfway through the day I realized that much of my work on days three and four needed to be tweaked due to a series of the level measurements being wrong. So I put on my big girl panties and started tweaking which meant pulling up pavers and raising flagstone borders and railroad ties from that stupid square bed I created.

After I took out all the wrong parts, this is what was left to start Day Six.

That was most of Day Five.  Notice the picture.  It’s almost dark.  On the bright side, the pavers were delivered by a very nice young man from Home Depot.  And my mom brought me gin and limes.  My neighbor had already brought me tonic.  So, how bad could it be?  Saying of the day – “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

About 2am a massive thunderstorm rolled through.  All the tools were out.  The fence wood was on the driveway.  Oh, hell.  A crack of thunder got the dogs to barking. After calming down, Keela laid down with her head on my pillow and seemed to be saying, “Hey lady, looks like you need some dog breath to cheer you up.”  And it did.

Day Six started out with, yet again, a very sore body.  I am turning 50 in six months, and I can tell.  But ya know, I read that if you get one whole row of the pavers in the rest is easy, and I’ve got to say that’s true.  I shoveled sand and laid pavers all day. And then I went to Sawyer’s parent-teacher conferences.  Don’t even get me started about that.

Better, better...look how linear I am!

I’m now pretty sure there’s no way I will be completely finished by the time the men get home.  Bummer.  But we’ll see how close I can get. Libby gets in tomorrow, and she is awesome in the work category (as well as many others.)  Let’s hope the weather holds.

When your family and friends learn you’re doing a project, they tend to drop by.  At one time, I had eight people in my driveway watching me.  Here’s five of the most photogenic.

Handsome group, aren't they?

Since I’ve been doing this mostly by myself, I’m not in many of the pictures.  But I thought this shot of my knees was worth sharing.

This is my oldest pair of jeans. They may not last much longer.

Here’s a picture of Keela on our bed last night.  How can a 45 pound dog take up the entire space?  And I watched her get in that position.  It was SO deliberate.

How does she do that?

Things I’ve learned:

  • I should trust my gut sooner.  I knew the whole level thing was off, and I did a lot of extra work because I didn’t stop sooner.  Lesson learned.
  • It always takes longer than I think it will.
  • I don’t like doing work on the other side of the fence from my dogs.  They don’t either.
  • Ibuprofen doesn’t really work.
  • Gin and tonic does. But only two. Only two.

Read the whole While the Boys Are Away Series!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

MJ McCoy October 14, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hey Joan,
Have you ever heard of the Yellow Pages?

Mary Hattendorf October 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I’ve done a couple of home projects that ended up requiring “big girl panties”. Would love to know where you found yours, how much per pair, and how long it took to finally put them on. Sadly, what I thought were my “big girl panties”, weren’t.

Am sympathizing, very much. (And no, ibuprofen doesn’t work).

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