So after getting three bids across the course of one and a half years, we finally pulled the trigger to have a contractor address some foundation, masonry, and drainage concerns that had been causing some periodic moisture issues in the basement. Better to nip the issue in the bud, rather than waiting for it to rain cats and dogs. (Do you think I could squeeze on more cliche metaphor into that sentence?)
Anyhoo, the contractor just wrapped the project right before our typical Brokeback Memorial-week “staycation,” so here are a few pics of the project…
So, you’ll have to wait for more updates on the North side, as we are hard at work replacing landscaping timbers, dirt, and flag-stone, which probably won’t be done until far into summer. On the upside, the South side of the house just needed a little drainage-system work and a new concrete barrier, so that side is done and requires zero post-project owner clean-up. Yahoo.
alrighty, day 4 starts with breakfast at George’s, then bob dives into planting the annual planters (and forces me to plant 3 hanging baskets as well).
as bob continues to plant, i decide to shore-up the dock which is getting pretty rickety after the brunt of the lake ice. needless to say, despite my good intentions and hard work, this has turned into a two day project. (so guess what i’m doing tomorrow.)
and then, because i am pretty sure it is a law for Memorial Day, we grilled. kept it simple: dogs, potato salad, and chips. easy breezy.
p.s. sincere respect and gratitude to all our fallen soldiers.
day 3 started with more weeding (bob) and draining/refilling the hot tub (tom). libby was less than interested in helping out.
next on the list was shrimp quesadillas and chiles rellenos (yum) for lunch at Tequila’s in crown point. then onto a chore-based shopping spree at Niemeyer’s (flowers), Great Escape (chemicals), Jo-Ann Fabric (you guessed it, fabric or marine-grade vinyl rather), and Lowe’s (potting soil).
enjoying a beverage now and then off to dinner shortly. perhaps George’s?
Two parts pine. One part bourbon. Shake. Serve up.