Last year we poured a slab at Mark’s house for our home base. A few months later he sold the house and we did not have time to move the slab, LOL.
Now, we have our ‘new to us house’, that we were going to settle down in, but we were born to wander. So Mark is renting the house and we have poured a slab behind OUR house and he cannot sell it. So today was the day.
(All grass must be removed, Grass is the worst enemy of asphalt)
(Sherry & I are supervising from the patio)
(This is a Bob-Cat in the wild, I love to watch them work)
Sticky recommended Robert Mason out of Gastonia. This time I did get three estimates, and he was the best price. They started at about 9AM and I was shocked they did the grading added stone and it was completed except for the trimming by about 2PM.
(Robert had an articulating Grader, I loved it also)
Our swing got used for breaks. I had a chance to talk to one of the guys, Mike Garrett, I knew his grandpa, Jack Garrett.
(Robert (the daddy) in the swing, his son on the asphalt)
It was a good day. They like to lay Asphalt when it is hot so today it was HOT. They heat the Asphalt to 360 degrees when it is loaded on the trucks. They had two dump trucks. One driver was AJ, a lady truck driver. The other was Garrett, he was an all round guy doing about everything.
(This is AJ behind the wheel)
The last Asphalt man was not as good as these, and he had a crew of 7. Todays crew was 4.
(The starting run)
Anyway, we now have a slab that according to Robert we can pull onto now if we want to, but I know it would be better to let it stand for a few days.
(Robert kept an eye on the work)
I made tomato Basil soup again today, since we had fresh squash, I added two squash to the recipe.
I used a can of tomatoes
a can of tomato sauce
a can of lo fat chicken broth (Yeah this is a can soup, LOL)
a bunch of honey ( I guess about 5tbs)
Three stalks celery
a Vidalia onion
tbs crushed garlic
squirt tomato ketchup
squirt of mustard’
tblsp lemon juice
tblsp some kind of vinegar.
Dash of Mrs Dash
tblsp crushed Basil
1/4 cup of oats (or thicken later with cornstarch)
I also added 3 pkts of sweet and lo because the honey didn’t seem to have it sweet enough.
I pressure cooked it for about 7 minutes then ran it thru the blender to give it that Campbell’s tomato soup consistency.
That is my day. Thanks for coming this way.
((The finished product, we are happy with the job, looks big enough for a church parking lot))
People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.
This one pretty Isseta. from the 1950’s. It had a BMW motorcycle engine. Shirl had one of these.