Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Second Third -- Part 1

The rain never came.

The sky got very black and the clouds greyed and multiplied. The wind picked up. We ran around and put everything away. I even covered my gravel pit at the last, because I thought any minute it would pour. But it didn't. (I saw footage from the Cards game though and it POURED downtown, so I lucked out!)

I'm grateful. Just p*ssed because I could have worked for another 90 minutes or so! But, by 4-something (having started at this time yesterday, 7:30-ish, I was exhausted anyway.) The humidity was relentless and it just sucked the life right out of me. I'd gotten so spoiled by the pleasant weather of late!

Today promises to be not as hot or humid, so I'm looking forward to that.

You can see in the photos how far I got -- and how far I've still got to go. It's exhilirating and daunting at the same time. People were coming out of the woodwork yesterday while I was working! Lots of compliments (including one from a retired bricklayer who said I was doing a nice job!) Even Mean Old Man said "Good morning." He didn't offer any commentary though.

The start of the plastic represents the LAST third. (Note to CD: There are now bricks and gravel where you and I were digging. That's the part I hope to complete today. You helped make that possible.)

We went to get more supplies last night, so I've got a trunk of gravel to unload. I've already been out to assess yesterday's work and uncover the pit, so it awaits me. Here's hoping that the chance of an afternoon thunderstorm remains that, a chance, and it doesn't come.


Vicki @ said...

Wow, great job! I'm constantly amazed at how dedicated you are!

Why S? said...

This is exciting. I love watching the forward march of the bricks. And Vicki's right - you are super dedicated, through pain and humidity. I should buy stock in Tylenol.

CD said...

Looks awesome. Let me know if you need another gravel run.

Jayne said...

It looks great! You're really making a lot of progress! And I noticed the newly-white front door. I liked the wood better, but it's not so bad.

NV said...

V -- Not so much dedication as deadline. Winter will be here before you know it.

Why -- I love that casting of it. The bricks DO seem to be marching forward. That's a source of motivation for me, too. The farther they go, the closer to the goal I am!

CD -- Thanks. I think a gravel run may be in order very soon.

NV said...

Jayne -- I think the white door will be SO much better when the panels' trim gets painted gray. (She does plan to do that.)

Ann said...

Lookin' good, girl, lookin' good! And, even M.O.M. greeted you, hee hee.