Oh, nothing much.
I finally built that patio inside the gate, out of pavers. The dogs love it.
That area right there is where the dogs come in and out of the garage, from the house, when it’s raining. During winter season you don’t see pavers there in the past, you see cardboard. As an appliance guy I have unlimited access to large sheets of cardboard so right there — where the patio is now — was thick, brown, heavy-duty, paper-based product all winter long. No more. Thanks to my strong aching back and hours of swearing at the gods for inventing pavers, paver base, sand and stupid home improvement ideas, there will be cardboard no more.
But “mud barrier” wasn’t the original intent of this thing. This thing was laid down in order to move my small shed from the big, terribly-rendered concrete slab (seen to the side above) to the patio so that I can build a larger shed on the big, terribly-rendered concrete slab.
I didn’t build the slab but you’ll have to trust me that it’s terribly rendered. And I’ll have to trust that it will hold my new shed reasonably level, because I’ve decided against trying to repair it. It will have to do. Honestly, “It will have to do” are my favorite 5 words in the English language behind “Let’s have another beer, bro” and “Trump is gone in 2020.”
So, I built a patio. Nothing much.
I also tore down a tree that Marvel killed.
Seems he’s got a bit of a bark fetish and one struggling 10-foot silver maple didn’t make it through the summer with the abuse. So I brought her down. That I did the weekend after the patio thing so my back really loves me this August. Speaking of dogs killing trees, did I ever tell you that Ludo killed a budding 5-foot silver maple when we first moved in here? Golden retrievers kill trees, fact. I have one silver maple left on the other side of the house and it’s a good 20 feet tall. It has no bark at the base, but it seems to be hanging in.
By the way, I know nothing about trees. Back when I owned my landscape maintenance gig in the 90s I bought all sorts of books and videos on tree identification but it never took. All I knew about trees was that they hurt my back, and that hasn’t changed. But I know those trees were silver maples because I became temporarily obsessed with an app called PlantNet that can identify anything I take a picture of instantly. It’s amazing so I walked around identifying silver maples, Chinese tallows, and glossy abelias for a bit. I’m off today, so I might do that again, time permitting.
Besides nothing much, an old friend came to town, too. The incomparable Doctor Sagar Bedi.
Bedi is one of those people that just lights up a room when he walks in, energizing everybody therein and quickly getting them all drunk. I first met the good doctor in 2011 and we became fast friends. Too fast because we were always in trouble and he had to move away so that both of us could survive our 40s. He came into town for a wedding, we hung out on a Friday and I was hung over til Tuesday. Man, I miss that guy. My liver, on the other hand, does not.
You’d think that patio-building, shed-prepping, tree-felling, and Bedi-drinking would be a pretty full month but some other stuff happened, too. We lost a coffee maker and bought a coffee “center.”
I weighed the monster (fully 75 pounds at 6 months).
I still found time to hang out by my deck and grill stuff.
I relaxed with the boys.
And I still had to work, too.
So August has been a pretty full month, with “nothing much” meaning nothing but running around building things, destroying things, identifying things, drinking things, and replacing things. All the while I’ve been preparing for the most wonderful time of the year.
I don’t mean Christmas.
Incidentally, I named my fantasy football team “The Squad.” Yes, for that reason.
I hope your August has been full, but maybe not that full. Easy but not boring. Exciting but without tension. That sounds like a great way to live life, full of excitement but free from tension.
The Bedi Way.
So that’s my August. What have you been up to?