What was growing alongside our house was weeds and ant hills and we were tired of it. Plus, we needed a place to eat outside. (I mean, who doesn't?)
We hired a landscaper to prep the area (dig it down, level it, lay gravel and pack it down) and we layed the stone.
Some highlights of the patio project:
Our neighbor Chris came over to check on us and Sandi said , "It's like the biggest puzzle ever."
Chris paused and said sagely, "No, life is the biggest puzzle ever."
I went to Home Depot and asked the guy, "Do you have anything to tamp slabs of flagstone into place?"
He shrugged and said, "Water."
"Water?" I repeated.
"How do you think the Grand Canyon was made?"
How much time did this guy think we had???
So about 6 weeks or so later, we are (mostly) done with the patio and love it. We need something with more hold than stone dust to put in between the stones since the small ones are too moveable and the stone dust ends up all over, rather than packing down in the grooves.
But until then, we did the only logical thing to do when you finish your patio.
We had a patio party!
For dessert: strawberry shortcake, turtle ice cream pie and raspberry pie ( I seriously suck at pie making and tried a lattice crust only to have Sandi inform me that you are supposed to weave the pie crust into a lattice. Who frigging knew?)
I love this picture of Ella for so so many reasons. It is her in every way.
I think this is the summer of the campfire picture. We want to see just how many of these we can collect. Why not?