It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sealed and Delivered

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

After skipping a day of working on the patio yesterday; today brought a new but old challenge. Right after breakfast I headed downstairs to do the laundry.
It is amazing how much clothing you go through well crawling around on your hands and knees making a patio but it makes us think of early days of our lives. It was also a day for extra washing from the trailer. Thank goodness Kathy helped me with the sorting and treating of stains on the clothes. By 9:00 am I was the only one downstairs doing their laundry so I was able to even get the extra loads in without any problems. Once the wash was complete and the dryers going I grabbed the mail that had just been delivered and came back to our apartment.
Karen had called to say the tamper had been rented for four hours but I'd have to pick it up after lunch. The problem was that the laundry wasn't finished yet and still had another 45 minutes of drying time left. Plan B called for Kathy and I having an 11:00 am lunch and then go fold the dried clothing. Once I was back with the laundry it was a scramble to change clothes and head out the door to pick up the rented tamper.
For those of you who have never laid an interlocking brick patio, sidewalk or driveway this is the final step of the construction. Once all the bricks have been laid you use a tamper to vibrate Polymer Resin Sand between the bricks. This accomplishes a few things. One if the bricks are the least bit out of level the vibration makes everything nice and smooth. Secondly the Polymer Resin Sand will basically seal the bricks together so they don't move. Third it stops weeds from growing between the bricks. Fourth it stops insects (ants) from burrowing their homes in the middle of the patio because for some reason they will not touch the stuff.
Back at Karen and Greg's house Kathy and I started spreading the sand and working it between the bricks only to see the two bags we had disappear like water being sopped up by a sponge. I ran the tamper to start the packing leveling process only to see the last of the sand go. At this point I had to make a run to pick up a few more bags to finish the job.
By the time I returned Tyler had just arrived home from school on the bus and was in a panic because he had forgotten his Mathematics Books at school and had homework he needed to do. Hold the patio Grampa will be back. After 20 minutes away Tyler had his books and we were back home.
By this time Greg was home and he understood what we told him but had never done anything like this. For the next hour he sure was a fast learner. Now we had twenty minutes to get the Tamper back to the rental company back on time. After returning and finishing the final cleanup the Firepit Patio looked like it had been poured and textured in one piece.
Some of the other locals weren't too happy about the noise we created but soon got over it. Now Kathy and I only have to complete the trailerwork and modifications in the next 19 days before we hit the road. Even Summer is fast approaching with only another 36 days away. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.

Krackers

You might be a Redneck if

Public washrooms are closed

for the rest of the day after your visit.

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