Sometimes there’s just too much

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About half finished with this year’s section. Photo from this morning.

I’M A LAID-BACK kind of guy. Don’t like having lots on my plate. Prefer having my feet up on the desk, or up on the table on the Jesus Patio. I’ve always been this way. Some call it lazy. I call it relaxed.

So I’m on edge of late. The biggest bother is the guys out in the yard. They arrive every morning about 8. We hardly have time to eat our bagels before the doorbell is clanging, which means I have to move the cars from Point A to Point B because the guys mix cement in Point B. The Honda goes out to the street for the day.

As I’ve dreamed of doing for years, I’ve begun the process of eliminating most grass from the yard and replacing it with stone and concrete, a process called empedrado, very common in these Mexican parts.

Looks nice and doesn’t need mowing.

The work being done this year will uproot about a fourth of the grass that will be uprooted when all is done in three more years. A big semicircle in the middle of the yard will stay put, the only grass I’m keeping. I’m doing the work in stages every winter.

That’s one thing on my mind. Another is that renters arrive to the Downtown Casita on Friday, and I want to get some plumbing and electrical work done there first. It could wait, but just this morning the Hacienda’s solar water heater sprang a leak, so I called the plumber. Maybe he can do the work here and at the Downtown Casita in one fell swoop.

Or not at all. You never know.

Retirement is supposed to be easier than this. I want the workmen done and gone. I want the solar heater to quit leaking. And I want my feet up somewhere with not a care in the world, reading my Kindle and dozing off now and then.

Now that’s the good life.

13 thoughts on “Sometimes there’s just too much

  1. So understand. Going to be dealing with workmen again in a couple of weeks. I hate it but love the result. Always with the questions or looking for approval. I want to scream “Just do the GD job and be done with it!” But I don’t. I give them their approval and beer and the results are generally pretty good. I put the same type of stonework down where grass didn’t grow well and love it except sweeping the bird poop off everyday. I will find my retirement one of these days.

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      1. If the stones are under a tree = bird poop. Where before it went into the grass. Generally always (?) give the workers a beer. Keeps a smile on their face when they leave for the day.

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        1. Peggy: Well, we’re different on this issue. If they want beer here, they have to wait till the end of the day, and buy their own. I want them sharp while they’re working.

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  2. Life is a never-ending series of heartache and challenge, Felipe. I’m hopeful that you are up to it.

    Mine begins tomorrow for my final annual migration to the U.S. to escape the delightful weather in the wonderful country just north of the U.S.

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    1. Kris: I don’t know how you Canucks do it with the snow and ice. There’s less on the west coast, I guess. As for annual migrations to the U.S., I did my last one in 2009. Ain’t missed it since. Enjoy your trip!

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  3. European-style gravel is a nice alternative to lawn, much cheaper and faster to install, and has the advantage of easy reversibility if you change your mind. It’s also a great base for pavers if you change your mind the other way. Also, unlike empedrado, it stays relatively dry even in the rain, which is to say that it doesn’t puddle.

    I did this in my back patio and I love it every time I use it.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we think gravel is underrated in the USA.

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    1. Kim: When you state it that way, it does sound like a pretty good idea. But you still can’t sneak up on anyone.

      Actually, I suggested gravel to my wife a year or two ago, and she was very opposed, so I dropped it. Might have to rethink it, however.

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