I woke up this morning with an IDEA.
You know the kind. It is the solution to a problem which has been swirling around in your head for the longest time.
In my case, it had to do with several things:
- My neighbor reminding me to take some concrete blocks I had asked for to make pathways with.
- The pesky problem of accessing the back door of The Cottage by climbing up or down a steep embankment.
- My recent experience creating a walkway out of bricks.
All of these converged into the idea of using the concrete blocks to create steps instead of a pathway.
I walked the wheelbarrow over to the neighbor’s house and loaded it up with the concrete blocks. I will admit, I wasn’t sure whether to begin at the top or at the bottom. I had never done this before.
A trip back to the house to get the level, and I got to work moving dirt. Meanwhile, Dave got more painting done way up on the scary ladder. He’s slightly better than me with heights, but not much more. He could only handle it for a little while and made several trips up and down, stopping to help me move more of the concrete blocks.
I had to jog around a concrete pillar, but I’m close to done now.
I will fill the holes with pea gravel and once the earth settles everything will look much better. Meanwhile, we have a stable path to walk on. No more slipping and sliding down the hill!