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The bricks have all been laid and the last of the debris long gone. Our-new-best-friend-Dave outdid himself in bringing to fruition a glimmer of a plan that was years in the making. Final pictures waited for…

Grass seed was next on the list, and I casually mentioned that we might want to get some straw to protect the lawn from becoming a very large bird feeding station. I was assured that would be unnecessary because the bird problem really wasn’t that bad. The day after DH spread the grass seed, however, torrential rains set in. Our-new-best-friend-Dave and DH went on frantic searches for straw to hold the seed in place. They found some, and spread it in the increasingly heavy rain.

And then… sun and rain did their magic…

Ahem… there is grass *and* other green stuff that, when mowed, looks just the same as grass, so we are happy. There is a thick welt of grass growing at the street edge, runoff from the torrential rains when the seed was first spread, but that’s okay.

I planted some Morning Glory seeds by the new lamp post and they are actually growing! My experience with them has been that they start slow and then suddenly go garbanzo beans in late summer. The best set was from a nursery a few years back. They grew up the light pole and even began to cover the light at the top of it. Why didn’t they dry up from the heat of the lamp? Don’t know. Don’t really care!

The final step involves solar pathway lights. They were on sale at Home Depot so we got a case of them. Now we can’t seem to decide or agree where they should go. To the left of the walkway? The right? Near the steps? To the street? Stay tuned for exciting developments!

Parking in the driveway again is so nice! I don’t need to move my car for SEW to get his bike out of the garage. I can open my car doors and not hit a wall. No more new damage/chips to my door paint! Huzzah!

Thank you, Dave. Your work on our front lawn brought a lot of foot traffic by our house, and we got to talk with new-to-us neighbors as well as familiar ones. We enjoyed compliments and kudos from passers-by and you got a bit of extra work out of it from neighbors looking for tweaks and upgrades to their own landscaping hardscapes.

After days and days of unrelenting rain, driving winds, flooded roads, and endlessly dreary landscapes…

SUN!!!!

Our new best friend Dave continued to work on the brick laying through all but the worst of the torrential downpours. There is progress to report.

I am *in* the driveway!

I cannot convey the horrid spread of time that was Monday and Tuesday this week. Sheets of rain obscured potholes in roadways, buried the ground level below many-many inches of water, and swirled over sewer openings too full to alleviate roadway flooding.

Adding insult to injury, work was also endless—stretching time like a rubber band, making one day last more like three. In fact, they were more like days in February than days in March…

This afternoon the sun returned. I even drove home in sunlight and blue skies. Being able to actually PARK in my own driveway for the first time in over 18 months was WUNderful!

Life has many of these mini-victories and joys. Embrace them! It helps reduce the suckage parts.

We were blessed with the presence of grandchildren this weekend. They brought their two puppies and with our two puppies, we had a real Caesar Milan-style puppy pack in residence! Remy, in particular, enjoyed the freedom of our doggy door, running in and out and in and out and… it made me dizzy to watch, so I stopped watching.

More excitement! The front seat viewing was crowded:

Rapt attention was paid as more bricks took their place in line, DH encircled the front yard dogwood with bricks. Aidan and Liam transplanted the crocus into the new planting bed inside it. Much tromping up and down the new walkways helped pack the bricks firmly (there was a machine for that, but the boys knew their contribution made a big difference!).

Already I am adjusted to no forsythia bushes in front of the house. No squashed evergreen bushes, or over-grown flaming bush hide the side yard or front of the house. Today the grass seed was spread and lightly raked in, ready for the incoming rains to (hopefully) soak them into the ground, take root, and flourish. Then again,the rains we have had lately are not the light misting or gentle soaking kind… they have been the flooding, drenching, wash-it-all-away kind. DH prepared by buying *extra* bags of grass seed.

DSis asked for shots of the driveway. Not too much to see just now… just mountains of bricks ready to begin laying in:

Progress!

Side Note #1: We are all exhausted!
Side Note #2: Soldier Socks for DS are DONE!

Dave is still our newest best friend. He arrives around 7 (ouch!) every morning and works through until 5-6PM. The image from this morning suffered from solar glare, while this evening’s photo reflects overcast and early twilight lighting.

The fancy-schmancy medallion is where the path to the street and the one to the driveway intersect. It didn’t add much (relatively) to the overall cost, either.

This remodeling activity has developed quite a stir in the neighborhood. Neighbors slow down to check progress. One stopped me this evening as I returned home to tell me how impressed she was with the difference this renovation made to our house and street. Her car idled in the middle of the street as she continued her comments. She had liked the forsythias, but they had been in front of out house practically since it was built over 45 years ago. This was EXCITING!

DH says the local school bus drivers drove down our street a few times and one stopped to stare at the change. People walking dogs, children coming home from school, even the local precinct cars make regular runs by our house to check for changes. Dixie and Duncan LOVE the panorama!

And this is only the 6th day. If all goes well, the project will be completed between the 14th and 18th workday, weather permitting. Dave (our new best friend) works 6 days out of 7. Go Dave!

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