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Out with the old

You know Wednesday is usually bagel day, right?  Not today.  We had an early wakeup call with this:


7:30 am and the beginnings of a new driveway for us.  This was supposed to happen in August, but the guy called and basically said “Can I come tomorrow?”.  I am glad, actually, because I hate the driveway.  I mean really hate it.  When the city redid the road and sidewalks a few years ago, they had to rip up the ends of everyone’s driveways.  So they repaved up to that – which looks totally stupid.


 

Then the rest of our driveway looks like an abandoned parking lot, complete with grass growing in the cracks.

I used to pull that stuff out so it wouldn’t actually look abandoned, but stopped since we were going to get it redone (and it was driving me nuts, I tell you).  We thought about repairing it ourselves and did work on it a bit, but then just decided to pay someone else to do it.

I retired upstairs to one of the bedrooms to work.  Still a bit noisy, but thank goodness we got the new windows, which helped block out sound.

They actually got the old driveway removed very quickly.  It looked so much better just like this!  They were able to maneuver that little thing around in a very narrow space and didn’t even mess up my shade garden!

After lunch, more heavy equipment and noise.  Ugh.  I found in the past that it is too hard to work from someplace else and I am actually better off at home and dealing with any kind of noise issues.  Then they were finished with the whole thing by about 3 pm.  Yay!

Now I am not embarrassed by our driveway anymore!  We can’t park on it for 3 days, though.

The day certainly seemed long.

Downtown Glens Falls is doing a weekly thing called Take A Bite to showcase the downtown restaurants.  We went last week and decided to go again. John and I biked there tonight and met my folks downtown.

Participating restaurants have tents set up with small portions of their dishes for $5 or less to sample.

Plus there is entertainment.  This lady is walking on machetes.  Ummm… ow?

She also is a sword swallower and one of the few that actually do that in the US.  That had to be an interesting conversation with the school guidance counselor.

I had a crab cake:

Plus some yummy mac and cheese!

Then I was going to get a brownie, but the place we went had just 1 left, which John got.  So, we went to a little cupcake stand where I got a cupcake bite.

Really a single Lori bite, but my mother told me to take 2.   :mrgreen:

It’s a fun time. It only lasts from 5 to 7, which goes by really fast.  It’s a good chance to try some restaurants that we otherwise have not.

It was getting cloudy on our ride home.  I think rain is in the forecast for tomorrow.  I also am noticing the days getting shorter.  Evening rides have to happen earlier and earlier.

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19 comments to Out with the old

  • What a difference repaving a driveway makes to the look of a home. We did that a few years ago, and I still say it’s one of the best things we have done to improve the looks of our house.

  • UGH, we need to haveour driveway repaved and I keep putting it off. But yours certainly looks nice.

  • The new drive is beautiful!! I’m sure you’re glad to have the work done with.
    A family member was 1 of the first in our area to get an asphalt-like driveway done and he got tons of flack for it and many questions. Now, everyone has it – they are so much nicer looking – no cracks or stains.

  • Awe, I kinda liked the rustic look of your old driveway,

    That night in town with all the food tasting sounds fantastic. I think I might have a tendency to overeat… That strawberry soup was intriguing.

  • The driveway looks great, a big improvement to how it was.

    The bite taste looks like fun. We have something here every year in a weekend in the next town but to be honest we’ve never been there because it is very busy and we don’t really like that.

  • We need to do our driveway too but hope to hold it off another year or maybe two by sealing it this fall. Repaving is expensive and I’d rather go on vacation tongue

    In my city we have a food stroll that is put on twice a year where you buy a button for a set price and you get to sample from 20+ restaurants simply by showing your button. It is so much fun!

    I might send your town’s idea to our Main Street organization – I think that’s a great way to get people downtown on a slower night.

  • Very pretty driveway!!! I guess worth the 1 day of noise. winking We have things like your Take a Bite here too… Cracked me up with your mom telling you to take 2 bites – I guess you are always a kid to the mom! winking It would be one bite for me too! happy

  • Kim

    “interesting conversation with the school guidance counselor”… you crack me up!

  • Your new driveway looks great! Nice to have a job like that done, instead of having to take on such a big project yourselves.

    The machete-ladder lady…who THINKS of these things?!?

  • The new driveway looks fantastic Lori! (can you sneak your hand prints in the cement for posterity?? Kidding!!) I LOVE the idea of the tasting event. I always listen to my mother, so I’d have had two cupcakes! happy

  • Chilled Strawberry Soup – I’ve had it (not there) and surprisingly it is amazing. perhaps because it sounds so odd?

  • So, it’s not just me noticing it seemed to get darker earlier the other night?? *relief*

    That evening sounds fun!

    Nice driveway!

  • Your new driveway looks absolutely amazing!!! I’m sure you’ll love it even more in the winter – it will make shoveling snow SO much easier. Plus it does just look really, really nice.

    I’ll pass on machete-walking. How on earth does a person learn to do that anyway? Hopefully the swords aren’t very sharp!!

  • Miz

    ooh youre smart about the money bringing budget!!
    when we go places like that the husband tends to….go overboard.
    next time Ill just shove a 5.00 in my pocket happy

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