"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Sunday, May 3, 2015

And So It Begins...

Sorry for the missed blog post yesterday.  SM and I got started early with shopping for supplies (which took way longer than it should) and I never got around to it.  

I have an excuse!
I was distracted.

You see, the 2015 Staycation has begun!

For those of you in the know, Staycation is the week where I devote 100% of my time to projects around the house.  Yeah, yeah, yeah...there's cooking and cleaning going on as usual but Staycation is where I make an impossibly long list of to-do projects that just can't seem to get accomplished on the typical 2 day weekend.

And Boy, Oh Boy...Have I got a stellar week to kick-ass.  
Low to mid 80's and no rain on the horizon.

So whats on the list?  Too many things to bore you with but I sorta broke them down to Tami things and things I can't do without SM (aka: Chuck).

Yes...Chuck The Yard-Bitch is back and yesterday he muscled gravel/sand and heavy stone pavers to complete Project One.  

The last tread from the back deck to the ground was a whopper.  Since the ground slopes away from the house we had one side that easily had a 10" ankle crippling depth.  

The dogs figured out quickly which side to climb up, particularly Casey-Pig who would pose for several long seconds trying to hoick her back leg up to the step so she could get her bodacious body up the stairs.  Always a funny sight.

Anyway, here's the finished project.  A nice normal 7" rise from stone to step.

Most of the work you can't see as we had to dig up dirt, box the base in, argued about how to do that, back filled it with the rough sand/gravel, argued about how to level it all, took turns showing each other how to level it, sweating, cursing (in my head at least) and trying not to smush our fingers on those freakin heavy pavers that I picked out.

In the end we were high fiving each other for a job well done.  In the grand scheme of things, it really didn't take all that long (2 hours) and we didn't have to stop 14 freaken times because something broke or we didn't plan things out well enough and had to run back to the store.

That's half the battle...running back and forth to the store.

So that's one down.  
What will we do today?  
Who knows.
Check in tomorrow and find out. 
If I remember to blog about it @;)


  1. Good job! (I know you're so glad I approve.) Love the w-i-d-e stairway. When redoing our deck this summer, we thought of the same idea for our steps. Seems to "open up" the whole area, don't cha think??

    Happy Staycation to you!

  2. Wow! That looks great! You could have the Rockettes perform on that stairwell!
    Happy Staycation!
    The header is hilarious, btw.

  3. I adore your blog. You always make me laugh. How about you remember to blog and I remember to come back and read and together we can conquer the world? Something like that. Your project turned out nicely, even if we can't see most of the real work. ;)

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new header pic! I would love to take a staycation, but I'm not sure if I'd live through it. Looking forward to seeing the photographic evidence soon (or whenever).