Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Patio

You know how they say that "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray"?  Well, that's pretty much what happened with my patio.  Charlie and Flint tore out the old patio over a month ago and Charlie meant to pour the new one a week or so later.  But life happened, like it does, and so we're just now getting around to the new patio.

Charlie took the day off from pouring concrete at his job to...well, pour concrete at my house.
He's funny like that.

The concrete truck kept barfing out sludgy cement, and Charlie kept spreading it around, and pretty soon the forms were all filled up.
For the first time in many years, the walkway goes right up to the back door.  This pleases me greatly.

What also pleases me greatly is the way Charlie finished the patio and the walkway by "picture-framing" it.  I think it looks really nice.
The walkway was finished pretty quickly, but the patio took awhile to broom out.

 It's 9 feet wide and 32 feet long.  That's a lot of broom-pushing.

At the west corner of the patio, near the back door, is a spot where Little Marie often sat and watched the world go by.  That was where my son buried her last week.  I wanted to mark the spot somehow, so my mama got me a small stone.  I placed it over her grave today.
It made me feel both a little bit better and a little bit worse to do that.  Y'all understand.
But now my little gray girl has a marker on her grave, and I can sit there sometimes and feel as if I'm with her.


  1. I like it when concrete walkways and patios are picture framed. That's the way they used to do it.

    I picture framed my little porch and step. I don't like the look of a severe 90 degree edge.

    Love the curved walkway and the little marker is perfect.

  2. I love the walkway and porch!

    What a special remembrance of your kitty.

  3. Charlie's a keeper! Nice work, and I'm already imagining some comfy lawn furniture and maybe even a small table out there!

  4. The new patio and walkway look so very nice. I love old-fashioned - don't care too much for the fancy way they do stuff now. The little marker made me cry. Such a lovely tribute to Little Marie. ♥

  5. Awe, I'm glad you marked it. :)

    Feel free to mention to Charlie that you know a lady that has no walkway leading to her front porch and that it's a crying shame.

  6. Oh, Jayne! This is marvelous on several fronts:
    1) You FINALLY get your walkway. And it looks fabulous.
    2) Charlie is well enough again to pour concrete ... anywhere.
    3) What a lovely way to memorialize Little Marie.

    And like Christine ... tell Charlie there's a house across the state and across the Mississippi that could use a concrete patio. ;-)

  7. That is some neat work! The job of the concrete truck is to discharge the concrete directly to the form work, but it's your job to screed the concrete smoothly. Sometimes, water appears on the surface of the cement after the screeding process. It's normal, as the excess water will evaporate, and the rest will dry up together with the concrete in the setting process. Kudos to Charlie for a job well done! I'm sure your mom, too, loved the new patio.

    Salvatore Aguilar