It’s funny – I moved a lot of these bricks from underneath the porch to the driveway… and today, Liz wa moving most of them back. Circle of life, I guess. We’re used to having various shuffles, so why not one for the outside as well?
Bob always has a few tricks up his sleeve, but I found this particular install impressive. He’s helping put in the exterior siding to the area under the kitchen (where we will eventually store a lot of outdoor supplies, and our garbage bins).
We’ve been using the space under the kitchen as a very makeshift storage area, and a lot of “stuff” as just wound up underneath there. Today, I cleared most of it out in anticipation of some additional work happening soon (putting up some siding, and adding doors).
After finalizing our prep, it got to be around 11:00 AM when we started the pour. An hour or so into it, guess what: we realized Lowe’s didn’t delivery all 32 bags. They only gave us 25.
Did some prep work today with Bob, getting ready for a large slab/pour tomorrow. Frame in place, and we should be ready for a lot of mixing and pouring tomorrow.
We were talking about politics some time ago, and Bob mentioned to me how a very specific speech left a strong impression on him. It was a speech that Jesse Jackson gave, when he was running for President back in the 80’s. Bob explained to me how profoundly that speech changed his way of thinking. It was a big deal, and really shaped how he then started to look at the world.
This is a photo of the column we were pouring today. Unfortunately, soon after this the bottom gave out on the frame, and the concrete came pouring out of the bottom.
Did a bit of concrete mixing and pouring today with Bob.
This stuff was actually harder to get out than the driveway concrete, believe it or not.
Bob and I worked a lot this afternoon, clearing out a ton of soil and debris so we could work on repairing and re-enforcing the foundation a bit, near the kitchen. We’re also building out the wall a bit more (and creating a storage area where the trash bins will eventually live).
Spent a long day today, working outside on the house. We’re doing some repair work to the foundation, near the kitchen area… and today I needed to bust up the driveway/concrete against that side of the house.
Yesterday, right as Bob was here with a truck full of drywall… wouldn’t you know it, the crew was just starting to pour the cement for our driveway apron. We had scheduled some help with Dolly, and had two helpers scheduled for the morning.
There was a lot of changes on our street, when I got home after work. I’d heard that they would be doing some restoration work (replacing the curbs and repairing all the concrete along the street)… but I wasn’t quite prepared to see the state of the street.
I ended up trimming a few tree limbs that were dangling over the sidewalk. And I brought out a Bluetooth speaker so I could listen to music, while I weeded. Over the course of the next hour or two, I sank three beers and just hung out outside, slowly plucking weeds.