We've finished our brick-paving project

@JudyEv (300444)
Rockingham, Australia
December 1, 2022 11:24pm CST
Yesterday, three of us finished a brick paving project that we started last Sunday, and which I’ve written about before. Vince, his brother and myself began work at 8am and finished about 4pm. It’s was my BIL’s birthday and he turned 73 so we’re all getting on in years. At morning tea, the lady-of-the-house gave BIL a cupcake with a sparkler in it so that was nice. We stayed with the BIL for the night and had a very pleasant evening. This morning, I am so stiff and sore I can hardly move. If I drop anything, I am really battling to pick it up. Vince isn’t much better. I sat on some sort of massaging pad this morning and it was really helpful. I am thinking of getting one of my own as I think it would be good for my back. You can see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos above. That's my niece and I in the photos. She was there on the first day. The levels and gradients were quite tricky but it’s turned out really well. The owners are thrilled and the rest of us feel very gratified too. It’s nice to be able to help others.
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@LadyDuck (426407)
• Switzerland
2 Dec
I was going to ask you how did you feel the money after. You worked many hours and that is a hard job. Congratulations to the three workers, you can pat your back, as you did a wonderful job.
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@LadyDuck (426407)
• Switzerland
3 Dec
@JudyEv You formed a great staff and you did a professional job.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
@LadyDuck Thanks.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
It's very satisfying to see how well it turned out. The men did most of the heavy work really but I pitched in where I could and did some of the fiddly cutting and fitting.
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• China
2 Dec
Wow ! It looks neat ! you can hold your own with the bricklayers ! Your BIL was born in the year of the Ox -1949 ,if he were here.
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• China
3 Dec
@JudyEv Not sure if your BIL are fond of Ox.1946 is the year of Dog.Different from the Zodiac- 12 constellations ,we use one of the twelve animals to symbolize the year that we are born in.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
@changjiangzhibin89 Thanks for that. I'll now have to decide what breed of dog I'd like to be!
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
We are seeing him again tomorrow. I will tell him he is an ox! It's okay. He will think it is funny. I was born in 1946. Can you tell me what I am please? I know I could look it up and I've done so before but have forgotten.
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@BarBaraPrz (40259)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Dec
Is that a brick barbeque off to the side?
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@BarBaraPrz (40259)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
3 Dec
@JudyEv Alrighty then!
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
That's the leftover bricks. After Christmas sometime, we'll pave that small area too.
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@TheSojourner (62717)
• United States
2 Dec
Oh, Judy! That is so beautiful! And make sure you soak with some Epsom salt. That should help.
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• United States
3 Dec
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Thanks. I'm just about back to normal now.
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@LindaOHio (114177)
• United States
2 Dec
You guys did an amazing job! It looks lovely. Happy Birthday to your BIL. Take a nice soaking bath in Epsom Salts. That should make you feel better.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
I'm feeling better today thanks. I can just about pick up things off the floor again!
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@LindaOHio (114177)
• United States
3 Dec
@JudyEv That's good to hear!
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@arunima25 (78754)
• Bangalore, India
2 Dec
Wow! That's a neat work there. You must be proud of yourself . Now your backs deserve rest and some bit of pampering with massage. I have asked my help to come in the afternoon for a massage. It's been a long and I have been having some tiredness and muscle pain lately. Wishing your BIL a year or health and happiness.. belated birthday wishes for him
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
There is a small celebration for him tomorrow and we'll be staying there again. I might make more use of his massage cushion.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
@arunima25 My back really feels it if I do too much. I think the cushion might help.
@arunima25 (78754)
• Bangalore, India
3 Dec
@JudyEv Enjoy the celebration and the massage cushion . If you like it so much, it is a good idea to get one for yourself. Vince and you work a lot and you both deserve it.
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@RebeccasFarm (84649)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
2 Dec
This is so wonderful you did this Judy bless.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Thanks. It was quite challenging as it does downhill and twists a bit, etc but it looks good now.
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@Juliaacv (74753)
• Canada
2 Dec
The work looks perfect and so fine. I can understand feeling stiff and sore, that is really heavy and hard work. I hope that you can take it easy for a bit and rest those over-worked muscles. I am sure that the homeowners will long remember and appreciate this work of love that you did for them.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Thanks. I'm nearly back to just my normal stiffness which is something. My BIL has a massage cushion affair and I found that helpful. I might get myself one.
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@DaddyEvil (112337)
• United States
2 Dec
It really does look nice, Judy! Congrats on getting it finished! Take some pain reliever and do things slowly for a day or two.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
We washed and swept down the whole area so it was lovely and clean. The wife had gone to visit the husband so, although it was mostly done before she left, the area hadn't been tidied up and swept.
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@DaddyEvil (112337)
• United States
3 Dec
@JudyEv I really hope she called and gushed about how beautiful it looked. You all deserved a lot of praise and thanks.
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@wolfgirl569 (69685)
• Marion, Ohio
2 Dec
It looks great. Laying bricks and house sitting are 2 different things
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Yes, that's true. Probably house-sitting involves fewer muscles! lol
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@xFiacre (11470)
• Ireland
2 Dec
@judyev That looks really nifty. Well done you.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Thanks. We have a bit more to do in the area where the loose bricks are but that will have to wait till after Christmas. We are just about as chuffed as the lady. It turned out really well.
@magallon (19342)
• Philippines
2 Dec
Wow ... that was such a nice job
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Thanks. We're pleased with the finished product.
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@solidcodes (1519)
• Philippines
2 Dec
It looks clean.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Thanks. We were very pleased with the way it turned out.
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@Beestring (9709)
• Hong Kong
2 Dec
That looks really good. It was hard work. Have a good rest.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Thanks. We've just about recovered now.
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@allknowing (111329)
• India
3 Dec
I have said this before This kind of work here is given on contract. I can never think of even laying a single brick. That is an accomplishment.
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@allknowing (111329)
• India
3 Dec
@JudyEv The kind of expertise I would have - I am no professional - we get such labour around here to do such jobs. They are called unskilled workers For example we would get our gardener to do such jobs and he is not an expert in this line But laying tiles in a house or even in a garden where cementing is required a professional would be employed. We call them masons.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
@allknowing Quite a few men - and women - really enjoy doing their own repairs, renovations, etc. Our hardware stores are very huge but of course they service the professionals as well.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
In today's climate, a professional brick-layer wouldn't be bothered with it. There is too much demand and for far easier jobs. But I do understand. It's not everyone's cup of tea.
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@jstory07 (125150)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Dec
That looks really good. It will be nice for a long time.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Yes, it is on a very firm bed so they should have no trouble with it at all.
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@sarik1 (5975)
9 Dec
That is nice work.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
10 Dec
Thanks. We were really pleased with the result.
@oahuwriter (28292)
• United States
3 Dec
Yes, looks terrific! I use those rubs, so good, when needed.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Do you mean the massage pad? I'm thinking I might buy one. I'm sure I'd find it helpful.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Dec
@oahuwriter Oh, I see. A small difference in terms again. We sometimes call ointment/cream a 'rub' but it's not so common.
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@oahuwriter (28292)
• United States
4 Dec
@JudyEv Sorry, my typo, should be rubs, ointment like, Aspercreme.
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@CarolDM (201217)
• United States
2 Dec
Such a great job you all did. I can imagine how sore you are. That is a lot of work. I know it will all be appreciated.
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
The lady's mother turned up to have a look and help if she could and they are both lovely people. It's nice we were able to help.
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@CarolDM (201217)
• United States
3 Dec
@JudyEv So nice to help others, especially when you know it is appreciated.
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• Indonesia
3 Dec
@JudyEv I see it's a neat job but the job might be a bit hard for you to do seeing that it makes you sick, I'm getting pitty to hear that
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@JudyEv (300444)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Dec
Thank you for your concern but I'm almost back to normal now. Most of my stiffness has gone.
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• Indonesia
5 Dec
@JudyEv Glad to hear that, I hope you can return to your activities soon
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