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Gas, mulch, bricks

March 6th, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Today has been rather busy since I slouched a bit yesterday. Since I'm going to Boston this week, I wanted to fill up the gas tank, so I did that. Then I went to Kohl's to use my 30% off and $5 off coupons and while I often have trouble finding clothes I like there (I do much better at Macy's) I finally landed on a navy blue knit top which I could see myself wearing at the office.

From there I went to Stop & Shop, then home.

Although I haven't yet heard from my driveway paver, the mason told me he had talked to him and that the paver guy plans to rip up my driveway on Wednesday. Which means that my plan to dispose of the hefty pile of mulch that over-wintered in the driveway in a leisurely fashion won't work. I counted 8 times that I shoveled the wheelbarrow full and trudged around to different perennial beds to dump and spread the mulch. Tiring.

Then I realized I had about 100 bricks stacked in the driveway and that they need to be moved somewhere. I had hoped to sell them last year and while i had some nibbles, there they still sat. So i used the wheelbarrow again to cart the bricks to the garage where I neatly stacked them against the wall. Probably another 12 trips back and forth with a heavy load. My arms and back are tired.

I also swept up some leaves that had collected in the corners of the driveway, a silly thing to do when it's all going to be ripped up with a backhoe anyway, but i'm the kind of person who would "clean" before having a housekeeper come over.

I also hosed and sponged off all the salt off my car (again). I have a load of laundry going.

The only thing left to do with the driveway before paver guy comes is to try to dig up a large bed of lavender phlox that over the years has spread onto the edge of the driveway, looking lovely. It's going to really be warming up this week so I'll try to do it Monday or maybe Tuesday since I'll be home and could try to do it on my lunch break.

I'm 3/4 of the way through the book Brooklyn. It's okay, although I don't feel it's as fantastic as all the reviews said. It's a fairly simple story line and I suspect I might enjoy the movie more.

I hope I'm happy with the paver driveway. I liked the look of the cobblestone-like stones much better (more irregular and realistic looking) but of course they cost quite a bit more than manufactured pavers. Still, I think the pavers will be much better than the ugly asphalt. They'll do the large circle in front of the garage and a border all around.

5 Responses to “Gas, mulch, bricks”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Hope the new driveway looks fabulous. Sounds like you did some heavy lifting and moving with the bricks and the mulch. Have a safe and enjoyable trip to Boston.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I thought the movie had a pretty simple story line, too.

    You did a LOT of work! I'm sure the pavers will be beautiful!

  3. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Did you find out the cost? You did a lot of work. Can't wait to see photos.

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:

    The movie Brookyn is pretty sweet, it's enjoyable.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    On my busiest days, I'm still a slouch compared to you. Smile

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