A couple of days ago, Robby called me on my way home and asked if I wanted to go out to a barge he has to fish. I told him I would but as I continued my ride home, I thought about it a little more and by the time I opened the door to my kitchen I told him that I had decided I would just stay home and start supper while he went out there. He looked at me like a little kid, disappointed because I told him his best friend couldn't spend the night. HEY...That look wasn't gonna get to me; it was WAY TOO HOT outside for me to even consider going fishing! That, however, didn't stop him from trying to change my mind. He told me the barge was covered, therefore, it wouldn't be as hot. I simply turned around, looked at him and asked, "Is it air conditioned?" He and Justin burst out laughing, thinking I was joking. I was not joking; that was the ONLY way I was getting out there in that heat.
As I said, it is not only the heat but the humidity as well that makes it so miserable here. And since it is now hurricane season, the rain has begun. Most days it feels like a rain forest, where the temperature and humidity continue to rise until the thunder begins and then the rain. The rain is a welcome relief from the heat...except when one is right in the middle of a back yard renovation project (ugh...).
At first there was dirt everywhere you looked. Under the carport, on our shoes, in the car, on my kitchen floor. You get the idea; with all of that bulldozer work and clearing out, the dirt was expected. However, when the rain began, all of that dirt turned to mud. The construction crew continued to work on forms and prepare for the concrete pour, which was scheduled for Wednesday. We had two separate companies coming to do finish work and Robby kept checking the weather, while the finishers continued to call and ask if we were still going to pour on schedule. I heard him tell them, "If I waited for it not to rain here in Louisiana, I would be waiting for a long time." The pour would go off as scheduled.
Oh, rain it did on Wednesday; three separate times, in fact. But we did get the concrete poured (yay!) and Phase 2 of this "Backyard Renovation Project" is done! Here are some photographs I took of the progress...