Okay, last week in part one; I explained the logic for not buying the new car, and my wife replacing the headlamps and grill.
Then she jumped into her project, on Monday morning second week of January, 4 guys show up with tools and stuff, next the truck comes by loaded with cement sand and the red dye for coloring the cement. The weekend before we talked about her idea to re-surface the two walkways beside the house, and the entire back yard, she wanted to tile it all, and that’s when my head stopped nodding. To do tile I would need the same amount of people, the same amount of sand and cement, and a hell of a lot more money. That’s when two minds came into agreement, no tile, just dye the cement and cut a design into it.
You think I won that one? No way sir, since we are saving all that money she included re-building the fish pond that started leaking the year before. (The leak was caused by roots from my neighbor’s Mango tree.) I’ve included pictures of the house (new car) project.
Once the work started I moved to my mango tree again, with my music and cocktail, this time contemplating my toenails, and left my wife to deal with her construction crew. (Too many cooks spoil the broth.) All the cement work is done, the fishpond holds water and the waterfall has falling water (aided by a pump), all in time for her Birthday Party on 5 March.
On 10 March people arrive to give a price on laying new grass in the front yard and around the fishpond. Alter careful measuring with my tape measure as they forgot theirs, we came up with 70 square meters, I found out that a square meter of sod costs P75.00 each, or 5,250.00 Pesos for all. The cost of labor and soil would be figured out by “Mr. Big”, back at the HQ for Landscaping, and they would call me. So I’m (foolishly) thinking, total should be under P10, 000.00 factoring in a load of top soil and labor. P22, 500.00 is what I was told it would cost. It was explained that it was a three hour drive to pick up the materials; I asked if I was buying the truck for the trip, as that would explain the high cost.
I politely declined there generous offer and said I would shop around for a much better price. Here’s where we stand to date. I offered P10, 000.00 and they came down to P21, 900.00. And they keep calling. Better I wait ‘till the rainy season and throw out grass seed and do it myself. Update on the grass, found a landscaper who’ll do the job for P. 10,000.00. I’ll let you know more as I find out more. (As of March 21st, new landscaper has failed to show three times, but will text the next day.)
Willy and Jeff (my cement guys) are returning to re-screen my “Man Cave” and I agreed with their labor cost and I’ll provide the screen. Both are good workers and know what they’re doing. I wonder if they do landscaping also? The appointment is set with the tile guys, Cardin and his brother, good old what’s his name. I’ve made arrangements with my friend Tommy to borrow his pipe staging for them to use, he keeps it on hand as his wife and mine are always renovating some part of their houses. (We both sit under the others Mango tree while these projects are going on.) As they have not started on the tile project yet, I’m gonna’ bore to tears the LIP readers with a Part 3 in the near future. Unless there is a popular uprising from you, and I get hit with slings and arrows, then maybe I won’t.
Well, since they no longer make the Oldsmobile Jet Star Delta 88, I’ll make do with my Honda, I’ll have to defer to my wife and I’ll admit that as usual, she was right; the yard does look good, except for the grass (so far). I’ll send to the States for a can of “New Car Smell” spray. I’ll take what I can get! BTW: I’ve still as of this posting not received my new “USB” equipped car stereo. Ahh hell, my old car stereo with a MP3 CD player still works great.
I still choose to live here, and my wife still lets me sleep upstairs. A few more pictures of the project below.