Once again this past weekend (while the kitchen countertop grout was drying), I decided to skip the gym in lieu of a different kind of workout. The fact that it had stormed the previous night didn't deter me one bit in my determination to continue unearthing the buried patio - rather, I took it as a personal challenge to see if I could actually do it.
By myself. Oh yeah.
So I strapped on some nasty work clothes, donned a pair of our outdoor shoes (So what? Sometimes having the same shoe size as your husband comes in handy!), grabbed a shovel and the wheelbarrow and got to work.
What can I say? Turns out playing in the mud is kinda fun, after all.
And it looks like I'm not the only one who was outside enjoying the general muddiness of the day; see if you can spy the snake in the photo below:
After disassembling the homemade fire pit (and putting the rocks back on the retaining wall where they most likely came from in the first place) and after about 5 hours of sloshing/sliding/shoveling the goopy mud (which was about 5x heavier than when it was dry) -
I was done. The patio was unearthed!
Now we just need to find us a power washer to finish washing away all that dirt. Oh, and get rid of all that lovely wood that someone who shall remain unnamed *cough Charlie cough* was so kind enough to leave for us to "discover". The rusty nails are quite a nice touch, I must admit.
Once the patio has been washed, we will be able to stand back and assess the current condition of the patio, and then decide what we can do to revive it and turn it into the backyard oasis of our dreams!
...or maybe just a patio. That'd work, too. As long as the glorified weed garden is gone I'm happy. Really.
And yes, I totally pwned that mud-covered patio. Totally.
I just won't mention the fact that for the few days following I was poppin' Aleve and Tylenol like it was nobody's business while I recooperated.
Yeah, it was still worth it.
Anyways, stay tuned for the "unveiling" (translation: washing) of the patio, and then our plans to resuscitate the help-me-I've-been-buried-for-an-entire-year-with-pounds-and-pounds-of-dirt-and-mulch-and-snow-and-ice patio that will follow. Who knows what other adventures we'll tackle!
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