Long story short - that weekend I sought the advice of my local pharmacist who gave me excellent recommendations: keep taking the Zyrtek, supplement with Sudafed for allergies, Flo-nase for the congestion and if that doesn't work, come back for the Zatidor eye drops before you rip your eye-balls out. By Monday I had to get the eye drops I was so miserable. By Thursday, it turned out, I was allergic to the eye drops. You've never seen anything like it. My eyes were completely blood shot, tearing, and itchy like crazy. Not to mention the gunk! There was so much gunk coming out of them they sealed shut over night. All of this stress strained the rest of my system and by the following Tuesday (when I could see a doctor) she decided that in addition to all of the allergy nonsense I had an upper respiratory infection. I took an entire week off from work because I was totally useless. And I'm still coughing, although things have gotten much much better. And to top if off, May has been a little bit miserable. We had a three day heat wave, temps in the 90s out of nowhere, and then promptly back to the 60s. I'm not complaining about the cool weather because soon enough it will be broiling, but it's still weird. And the cool weather allowed me to take care of another long overdue project, replacing the "deck".
Remember the deck? I layed down four wooden pallets, topped it with weather proof fencing and voilá! Instant deck. This worked just fine until last summer when the pallets started rotting through. It started to become more of an amusement park fun house ride than a safe and secure deck. So it was time to replace it with a patio.
Here is the deck in its last hurrah. It served it's purpose well.
One of the collapsed pallets that proved the most wobbly.
Once the furniture was moved, he did settle comfortably in his favorite chair.
Meanwhile, the Junior Inspector monitored everything from the ground.
Next came the incredibly laborious job of leveling the ground. Ooff! What a job.
Once it is mostly flat sand needs to be added.
I was removing bricks from the walkway next to the porch for this project.
The walkway is only ever totally clear in the winter time when I'm not really using it. And the rest of the year it one giant weeding nightmare project. Plus the flower beds between the walkway and the porch just aren't substantial enough to do anything wonderful with. I decided that if I lifted the bricks from there for the patio, I could then expand the flower/vegetable beds.
After getting the first load back to the deck in the wheel barrow (checked out from the West Philly Tool Library - yay!) my earlier suspicions about the vast sand pit were tested.
The Senior Inspector was mighty interested!
The Senior Inspector had himself a grand time in the sand.
And I let him.
I managed to make quite a bit of progress before it really was time to call it quits.
Once I had reinstalled the furniture, the Junior Inspector checked things out.
New deck approved!
The project made quite a mess of the garden, and I'm looking forward to having that cleaned up.
My lovely new veggie garden at the side of the house has tomatoes, kale, and fennel along with various flowers.