Saturday, January 11, 2014

New patio completed!

Look what James can do! Isn't it BEAUTIFUL? You may recall a September 26, 2013, post that previewed his newest project in the back yard. Well, my sweet, awesome husband finished it a month or so ago, but I just haven't had the time 'til now to report the completion. 

The bricks are very special. They came from my mother's family home in San Marcos. The Dobie family lived in the house from the time it was built in 1939. My grandfather purchased the bricks from the old Coronal Institute (originally founded in 1868 and closed in 1918) and used them to build the family home. James found one brick with the letter "D" etched into one side. We're not sure who might have left their handiwork grandfather or one of my uncles? Anyway, my precious Uncle Jim, who lived in the home until he had to go into a nursing facility last year, wanted James and I to have the bricks, which had served as walkways. We promised him that we would create something extra special in our yard. Sadly, Uncle Jim––who would have turned 70 on Christmas Day––left for heaven Dec. 19 and never got to see the patio.
About the project... With "figuring" help from son Patrick, James ordered and bought a LOAD of sand. Then the work began!

The focused, driven, high-energy man that he is, James had the patio done in two days! The special "D" brick has a prominent place at the front of the patio.

I can't wait for warmer weather and sunny skies so we can really enjoy our little tucked away nook. Just today I sat down at the new patio and watched the chickadees and titmice land on the suet feeder as soon as I refilled it. THANK YOU, UNCLE JIM! And THANK YOU, JAMES!


David said...

We love this and would love James to make us a patio too.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! Just awesome... luv the story.Carol

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