Tuesday, May 10, 2011

saturday after work i came home to clean gutters and nearly clean front garden area. i walked dottie, got chased by a black wolf, then put on workin' clothes and joined the landscaping party.
i found this awesome cat turd.

siiiike. its probably a sphynx moth chrysalis! wait, coccoon? no, chrysalis i think. anyway, it was oozing fluid so i put it back where i found it.
we raked and hauled all the crappy red painted mulch out of the bushes, and cut down the daffodills, and i found this beetle too.

he was really cool, until he soaked my hand in this godawful smelling invisible stink. so my hand stunk for the rest of the day.
we dumped the yard trash at the dump, then i went to a birthday cookout where i forgot to take any photos at all.
the next day i woke up and we went to yesterday's, this little mom n pop diner we've been meaning to check out. it was awesome, they have a dish called the four deuce, which is 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 bacons, and 2 sausages. it did not blow me up! the indian couple that owned it came around to the tables and chatted with everyone except us. the check was from a chinese resturant, but thats cool, breakfast was really good and our intestines didn't die!
our receipt at the diner
came home ready to do some serious sewing.
dottie loves to help sew
it was so nice outside though that i was having a hard time justifying sitting inside! so naturally instead i decided to have a pool party.
there was a lot of anger over control of the pool...dottie would get really really mad at egon when he tried to get in it. shes so grouchy.
don't worry, egon let it roll.
all that swimming led to wild running, even idle got in on it.
egon bounds
we decided, in lieu of the amazing weather, to build our firepit like we'd been talking about. andrew got to digging.
hey! lets build a firepit today!
the neighbors behind us had dumped all their sidewalk slabs in the alley behind our house, so we decided to try to use them. i measured ones that were most similar in shape and started hauling them into the yard while andrew dug more.
the source of the slabs
um, they were massively heavy and really scratchy, so touching them just in general sucked. but i did it anyway!
the digging continued, because we needed a hole that was almost three feet deep.
the dogs were really great helpers the whole time, they specialize in standing right where you are throwing dirt.
the dogs help
we measured out some trajectory.
heavy ass slabs, hole not deep enough
and realized we still needed to make it deeper, SHIT!
digging a trench for the first slab
by this time we were just digging wet clay, it was heavy and stupid. we dug a trench in the hole to lay in the first slab.
at this point the dogs had stopped helping
at this point, the dogs had pretty much stopped helping. thanks a lot, guys.
zomg still digging
first slab in, we really needed to remove another six inches or so of horrible clay.
oh i just love digging clay
clay is like, the coolest. it sticks to your shoes so your shoes get slippery and heavy and they fall off your feet constantly, and your gloves get heavy and soggy, and it coats your shovel so your shovel is EXTRA HEAVY so oh my god your arms that already hurt start going NUMB for cryinoutloud.
so we were making progress, even though we were really tired. dottie was being extremely rude to mr. idle, and idle was SO EMBARASSED.
dottie is in heat. can you tell?
she is in heat, it was an accident, i forgot to get her fixed and then BAM! she's creepy and doing things like that all the time. its almost over, don't worry, and then she will get her tubes tied.
so we got the two side panels in the hole, and were ready for the fourth and final piece after more digging, leveling, and cursing.
so oh, GUESS WHAT? the final piece didn't fit. so we chiseled it with a mini sledgehammer and a piece of rebar until it DID fit, gaddammit!
chiseling at the concrete slabs to make a perfect fit
at that point we realized that lowering and moving the slabs in the hole was way chiller when you used 2x4s for leverage, so that was cool. we had things wedged and propped every which way.
and then magically, finally, we were finished.
firepit test run
we were scared that after all that work, that the pit wouldn't breathe properly so we really needed to give it a test run. we invited some friends to come by, how disappointing would it be if the firepit sucked?
inaugural flame...
well it just worked great.

we rolled logs around so we had a summer camp style setup, and had a rad night filled with s'mores and jokes.
New firepit
i brought beds out for the dogs, and they all napped by the fire.
spoiled dottie by the campfire
this was the start of a summer of many many campfires and grillouts in the pit.
last night we cooked hotdogs on it, and they were DELICIOUS. just you wait until we get a big grate to go on top, then its SERIOUS BUSINESS.

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