5th UNniversary Party Prep

It feels like we’ve been working up to this since May. In a way we have, since our sole motivation to get anything done outside these days is the knowledge we’ll have people to show our efforts off to come August. That and some things couldn’t wait – the railings on the deck were literally rotting away, and the stairs shifted sideways as we walked down them. And my garden is always a work in progress. I started several massive garden projects last year that I couldn’t finish, leaving parts of the yard looking hideous and colourless, so I was determined to finish this spring… only it rained, and rained, and rained. I found boulder after boulder in my way. It slowed me down a lot, and Richard had to be very patient about the 6 cubic yards of soil in a mountain in front of his shop. Seems like I’ve worked on it every night and every weekend for the past few weeks, though I know I took time off for inside things. August came fast, but I finished the main two out of three, as of this morning. Richard did a lot of work both inside (ensuite bathroom) and outside (deck), but sacrificed a lot of time on his Jeep, and with all the travel for work and events, he couldn’t seem to finish any one project. He announced to me that this party is just too much work and we should take next year off, and I argued that we really have so much of our yard done, the major projects list is getting shorter each year. I was confident we’d get done with time to spare. And then weekend before last, he took the Bobcat and a jackhammer to the concrete pad next to the house. You know, the only hard flat surface we have in the best possible spot for setting up the outdoor kitchen for the party. Great! Forget all those other projects, triple the pace, and up the stress factor – we’re getting a new patio. Crazy man. NOT my fault, don’t let him tell you it was my idea. The timing was right cost-wise, it looks fine (issues with the hot weather concrete pour mean it’s going to get revisited come September to achieve better than fine), and it’s done, but what a panic. Luckily this year we’ve had extra help. Our neighbour Jonathan’s grandson Devon, 12 years old and a bit bored on his summer holidays with grampa, was a huge help with my garden projects, especially since he came with a golf cart equipped with a box and a trailer for hauling all the rocks around. He taught me how to back up when towing my trailer, woo hoo! Then on Monday, Ben and Adrie arrived en route to their vacation for the week, to stay the night and help out. Ben and Richard finished the stair railings and got the kitchen equipment onto the new patio, along with the … Continue Reading →