Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hard Working Husband

Is it bad that it's 9:30 on a Saturday night and I'm already ready for bed? I'm so darn tired tonight. It's been very busy day, but I'm not sure why I'm so exhausted, since the most strenuous thing I did was spread out about 8 bags of mulch, which only took about an hour. My dear husband, on the other hand, has a much better excuse for being pooped. He spent several hours today leveling and laying out stepping stones to create a little patio at the bottom of the stairs off our deck. I wish I would have taken a "before" picture so you could have seen why this project was absolutely necessary. You can probably imagine, but after having about 160 pounds of dog run up and down those stairs for the last 8 months, and having about 125 of those pounds jump off the last few steps every day, the grass at the bottom of the stairs was completely trashed. Since our winter was such a wet one, the lack of grass there created a pretty nice mud pit right at the bottom of the stairs. It was a bit messy.

Thankfully, my husband fixed our little mud pit right up today and did a fantastic job! As you can see from the pictures it was quite a process!

He actually had to level with dirt first and then with sand right under the paving stones. Note the sod he rolled up so carefully that he's going to use to fix all the burn marks in the grass from Hope squatting in the same place every day.

There is another patio area on the other side of the stairs in a much more interesting pattern, we decided that plain squares were much easier.

He got brand new gloves for the project and wore a hole in them already!

Hope was so exhausted from the job she was falling asleep standing up!

The boys took it a little easier.

Putting town the last stone.

Adding more leveling sand to fill in the cracks.

All finished--I think it looks great! Thanks to my wonderful husband for his hard work!


cw said...

I hope the pavers stay in place forever. My knees do not want to do this job again!

James said...

I'm impressed. That looks good!

Tish said...

nice work!!!