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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bushman goes ballistic!

Hi and welcome back!
Just wanted to pop in real quick and post some pics.  I have finally gotten around to finishing my back yard retaining wall.  It turned out pretty good.
I started the morning early because Kaitlin had a soccer tournament in Brighton so I was up at 4:30 to help her and Momma get ready.  Then it was coffee and a bagel and I was off and running.  The vacuum that is!

Momma has been working two jobs to help save money to buy Kaitlin a car and she is almost never home and when she is.....dead tired.  So this morning I cleaned all the hardwood floors, (entire house) did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen and started doing the laundry.  These are things I almost never do.  She gets the inside, like cleaning and laundry and I get the outside like mowing and shoveling snow.  I also do all the cooking.  It works out pretty good.  But sometimes one or the other needs a little help and in this great thing called marriage you have to be nice once or twice a year if it is going to work out!

So after that I went outside and started digging out for the rest of the wall.  By noon I had the wall finished and the last load of laundry in the dryer (where it still resides).
I showered for the second time that day and went to check the mail.
Now I had planned on waiting until spring to put the paver patio in where I just finished the wall but when I checked the mailbox, lo and behold a flyer from a big box store.  In bold letters it exclaimed all pavers on sale.  Now I don't know if it was fate or destiny that made me finish the wall or check the mail (something else Momma does) but I believe destiny is how you handle your fate so I jumped in the truck and headed to the store.

I really liked the way it turned out.  I was going to curve it around the post but it didn't work so well and I ended up going straight.  Ummmmm!

Now when I got to the store the pavers on "sale" were the thin kind and all they had was red.  I didn't want thin (have you seen me?) and I most assuredly did not want red.  So I headed to the other big box store just down the street.  I'm glad I did.  They had all the colors and they were the thick ones (she has seen me!)
They were even cheaper too!  Of course I couldn't load all that I needed into the truck at one time so I had to make two trips.
This is half!

Of course the one with the beer on the tailgate was the last trip!  Drinking and driving don't fly in our house.  (anymore)
660 bricks.  3960 pounds.  Enough to cover 160 sq. ft.  Exactly what I needed.  I saved almost $150.
Every one stacked by hand ("don't forget me", screams my back)

So now I get to install all of these and where the bricks are now will all be new lawn and it will look so much better.  Once that is done I will be working on the garden for next year.  Big Plans!
Stay Tuned!


  1. Love your attitude to sharing the load around the house and the wall looks great

  2. Next spring, we plan on putting in a patio. In the interim, stacking firewood, raking leaves, and shoveling snow.
    My back is already starting to hurt.

  3. I'm catching up with my reading...gotta love the energy that resonates of the page here, Bushman, and seriously, you are one hell of a team player, not only with your lovely wife, but with your family and friends. Lucky them, is all I can say!

    Okay...on to the next post...


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