A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Mr. Wonderful

While I toiled away inside (yes, I really had work to do), here’s what my wonderful husband was doing:

In the rain. And the cold. Then it started sleeting and snowing. He kept at it. What a trooper. I’m making him a big batch of soup.

We bought landscape edging for the garden paths and the patio. We decided to go with aluminum edging made by Curv-Rite instead of plastic, hoping the aluminum will last a long, long time. It looks sturdy and easy to install (as far as I can tell from the comfort of my dining room).

The limestone gravel was delivered this morning, so Pete decided to forge ahead and start spreading it in the paths. We are following the step-by-step instructions we clipped from This Old House magazine, which is basically:

  • Lay down gravel
  • Tamp down
  • Put down landscape fabric
  • Drive edging in ground, over landscape fabric
  • Top with stone of choice

We were going to stick with limestone for the paths, but Pete is wondering if limestone dust will end up getting tracked all over when it’s dry. According to the article, limestone is a good choice for paths that will see a lot of traffic, so I’m hoping that this will work out okay.


It’s looking good though!


  1. Jennifer on April 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I’m impressed… I am a rain wimp. No rain work for me! Of course, living in Colorado, it doesn’t rain EVER, so II don’t have to worry!

  2. denise on April 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Really? It doesn’t rain much in CO? I wish that was the case while we were camping at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival many years back (and had altitude sickness to boot!). We were not happy campers, literally.

  3. Renate on June 14, 2008 at 12:12 am

    What, you didn’t enjoy mud-sliding down the mountain in our tents while reciting “a lot ‘o li-l meh-l bo-l caps” repeatedly?

  4. denise on June 14, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    As I recall, that was YOU and Dawn who were reciting that, my dear. And while the Fest itself was a blast, I could have done without sliding to the bottom of the tent each night, and the car breaking down too…

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