Saturday, May 18, 2013

Our Patio

I apologize for everyone for not getting around to reading your blogs... I'll try to catch up this evening late, or Monday morning.  Tomorrow is my mother's side family reunion.  Some cousins I have not seen in 30 years, and I am so looking forward to renewing friendships.  I'm fixing a simple salad to take, and some delicious no-bake peanut butter bars found on  Pinterest. 

If they come out well... I'll post the recipe.  I want to make them first! 

So today, very early, at 6:15 AM, the men arrived to work on our patio before the humidity came up.  It's brutal, now, at noon. 

Um.... they had some help. Thank heavens Derrick is laughing. 

The form was made, the gravel set.... and the rebar laid down. 

Then the cement truck arrived.  I did not know how they "built" the long chute from which the concerete is poured.  The sections are hanging on either side of the back of the truck. 

Here the sections have been attached. 

(and under my breath I'm saying... "Oh, my poor yard" from the weight of the truck. 

Here comes the concrete.  Nick, the man with the green do-rag, tests it and declares it okay, so he begins to swing the chute and directs the driver to pull forward and back up as they run it out. 

It starts to pour, and they worked it fast, this is dad and son, Donnie and Derrick. 

Nick swung the chute as the cement poured out. 

Screeded and floated, or I should say, floated and screeded.  The corners at the south end are rounded, and it slopes down to the south.  See where the bare spot is on the ground on the right?  We are going to make a planting bed clear around the patio the width of this brown area.  The two bump out pieces are going to hold the barrels planters that are off to the side in the above picture, and there will be some gravel in between them so I won't have to cut there. 

I'll take a picture of it as it is curing so you can see what it looks like looking up to the house.  Keith will be building new steps from the deck to the patio in a few days.  

The old step platform was lifted in ONE piece by the skid steer last night, and is set on the side of the deck.  On it, we'll store the bird seed cans, the charcoal container, and the Weber grill.  We have some dirt left that we need to reposition, but otherwise, the patio is just about finished.  
We have some sturdy chairs on the deck, but we are thinking of getting a sturdy table and four chairs to set on the patio with an umbrella.  Keith has wanted this patio for a long time, so I'm sure glad it's finally become a reality, and will be so useful for a family picnic this summer! 

Now, a few weeks ago I put "Gary's Outdoor Wanderings" on here for a few days, but Gary quit posting at that point.  He has started again, and he has taken some wonderful pictures on one of the rivers he patrols.  I thought you might enjoy seeing them, so here is the 

It's not that hot today, but very, very muggy, and we suspect some storms are headed our way this weekend.  Tonight we have our first official ball game of the season for the T Bones, so I'll go to church, and then come home and feed the babies and then go to the game, which we enjoy so much, with Keith. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! 


  1. Nice! Good & reliable concrete guys are hard to come by, down our way. Can't wait to see it finished. Hope the storms skip on by you this weekend.

  2. That is going to be so nice for you. The patio looks quite big and could easily handle a table set with an umbrella and a few chairs. My little patio isn't but maybe a third of the size of yours. That's a clever idea too to put those bump outs for the barrel planters. I had one of those wooden tables with the seats attached at the campground and it seated 8 comfortably. My oldest son is now using it on his sun porch. It weathered well. We did put wood sealer on it and I covered it when it rained, but it held up good for the 5 years we camped and sat outside all the time. It had a hole in the middle for an umbrella too. Just a thought for when you go looking. Enjoy your ball game. It's been many years, but I used to have fun watching my hubby and my sons play softball. So far there are no baseball players in the family.

  3. Oh Mary Ann, that's a grand patio! Congratulations!

  4. What an awesome patio! You'll really enjoy it!

    M :)

  5. Oh! How magic. It's wonderful when something you've wanted for a while eventuates and you can spend happy times enhancing it with plantings and furniture. It looks like you could fit a furniture shop on it!
    Cheers Gillian

  6. Oh wow it looks great, and it's going to be so nice!! I hope you have a blast at your family reunion, I look forward to hearing about it :)

  7. Abby did you write your name in it, or even leave a paw did the recipe turn out?
    stella rose


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