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I am a tired, tired Maus, but it really isn't that bad...

Once the mud dries and I can sweep off the stones it should look much nicer.
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It took 6 buckets of scavenged marble, and lots of digging, and some dancing around in the mud, but the patio is done! I'd show you a picture, but I'm letting all the mud I put down dry for a while first. (It doesn't look bad, exactly, just...muddy. Really really muddy. When it's dry I'll take a broom to it so people can see the stones.)

I'm a lot less sore than I thought I'd be, too. Again, this is a source for joy...
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I think I've decided I am indeed not sane in the head. I started my small patio-project yesterday afternoon. What was I thinking?

For starters, when I started to shovel and level out the patio area, I kept hitting tree roots. Well of course, there's a big honkin' tree right over the patio! It made it really hard to get the anchoring bricks to go deep enough, so many of them are higher than I'd like. But it's as deep as they go, because there's huge tree roots everywhere...meh!

Then of course I run out of the pretty scavenged stuff to put in the middle. Which means I have to scavenge more. With my little blue bucket. I think perhaps two more trips ought to cover it. Meh.

And of course, since I'm in the middle of the project, I feel self-conscious about the yard looking all muddy and torn-up. I shouldn't fret, really. I can finish the patio up today, because all the really hard stuff is all done now. But-but-but, what will the neighbors think? Meh...

I am really proud of all the work I did, but I hope the end result isn't a total trainwreck. Ah well...worst comes to worst, I can put down grass seed. A lot of grass seed. Meh...
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Work is all workity even more than usual I've been treasuring the patio...

My days off have been filled with the back yard patio (pronounced,"paysheo")and it's transformation into something really nice. I'm takng a really deep breath and *gasp* putting down stones under the table and chairs. Right now it's just a dirt circle, with kind of scraggly grass. But I have plans. Horrible, horrible plans...

See, there's this old secret dumping ground for an ancient stone-carving business, and when they didn't like what they were carving, they just chucked it over an embankment into the river. I've been scavening promising-looking pieces for the back yard. The stones are grade-A stuff--alabaster, red granite, black slate, some kind of deep black-green stuff. It's easy to get greedy in the scavenging...I filled a bucket full of nice pieces of rock and could barely carry it home. (Memo to myself: Greed is heavy. There's a lesson there, somewhere...)

So, this weekend I'm going to level the ground a bit, spread out some sand, lay out the rocks and add some pretty stones I already voila--a proper little patio. I'm insane, really I am, but I'm looking forward to all this:)
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I'm really excited--I just got some little solar lanterns I'd bought a few days ago. They're really nice, and a little bigger than I expected. (I went for something pretty simple--a clear crackle-glaze glass with a coppery top)

I can't wait to unpack the others and find exciting places to stick them in the back yard. We will be illuminated, I tellya!
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I got a chance to hang out a bit on the Patio with Ben, Peaty and Phil for a while this evening. It always feels just right, being out there and watching the clouds soar overhead and listening to all the birds. Annablume came over for a bit as well, to interview me in my capacity as Rogue Docent for a class she was taking. She even brought over beer, darling woman that she is... We both enjoyed ourselves immensely.

I think this summer I'm going to find some little solar lanterns to stick in the trees and the lilac bushes, so we can have some kind of beautiful glowy lights out there without the fire hazard to the trees. I love the Patio so much...

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