Day 159- Thankful for cement

A couple of years ago my husband and I bought 25 lbs. of cement mix for recovering the basement floor. I was the one who was planning on doing the work, but so many other parts of life happened that I never got around to it.

This spring, weeds have been growing in the cracks of our sidewalk, as they do every year. Last year I was more aggressive in keeping them pulled. But here they are again!

So I decided that I would use the cement that we bought from 2 years ago to fill the cracks of the sidewalk. Of course, I had to pull weeds before I did it and prepare the cracks to give the best bond possible.

Between the pulling of the weeds and the mixing and pouring of almost 50 lbs. of cement, it took me two days. (I had to go back to the store for a second 25 lb. box.)

This is the work from the first day.

Of course, it’s not a professional job, but the cracks are filled and the weeds aren’t growing there anymore.

This picture was before I started the second day.

I’m actually not done with all of the cracks, but those were the only two nice, warm days that were good for allowing cement to harden properly. It was actually kind of hard work, so I’m glad for the colder weather to be able to get some rest before I do anymore.

Today I am thankful for cement. I’m thankful that it smooths the rough places. I’m thankful that it allows water to run off of it instead of eroding the dirt.

And I’m thankful that it does not allow for weeds to grow through it.

I’m also thankful that I did not wake up with extreme muscle aches after all of that! Thank you Jesus!

What about you? Have you ever mixed and poured cement? Have you had any nice weather lately? Do you do your own outside work, or does someone else do it for you? Are you thankful that the work gets done, one way or the other? What are some other reasons to be thankful for cement?

6 thoughts on “Day 159- Thankful for cement

  1. The second-day cracks look like you’re growing wild violets and dandelions. We have those all over the place here. My chickens ate quite a few violets. πŸ˜† Also thankful our mower seems to be working this year because the dandelions and violets are growing like… well… weeds. πŸ˜‚

    Great job on the cement! πŸ™‚

    Yes I helped a little when we put down cement years ago for the henhouse and the cat’s house in their run. It was hard work to mix with the water. We’re going to mix up some more soon for a tombstone for Angel. I also bought some little stones to go in it so I can write her name in it. πŸ™‚

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  2. Don’t hate me for saying this, but the picture of the weeds growing through the cracks actally looks quite beautiful. It reminds me of last summers Persevering Peony post. See I told you I have a thing for the letter “P” lol. The Peony in our yard was being strangled by weeds and it was looking so pathetic that it didn’t even look like a peony. But this was a good reminder that God still sees us as beautiful even when we’re struggling and that we become a new creation. We won’t look as we once did. Cracks are a great metaphor too. Beautiful things grow up through life’s cracks.

    Now for a little praise. Good job, Ruth, on your post and your hard work fixing those cracks! 😊 ❀

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    1. Yes, lots of positively excellent points! 😁 Perhaps I should compose a follow-up post pursuing these proposed points! 😁
      Yes, unfortunately the cracks are providing me more work than I can handle, and they are providing a place for ants and field mice to live in too close a proximity to the house, which allows runoff water to erode under the sidewalk.
      We still have plenty of beautiful weeds that I can photograph for you, though! πŸ˜‚ Would that please you?😁

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  3. I agree with Tina–the violets and dandelions make a lovely, colorful display in the cracks! But kudos to you for tackling the cement job on your own. I agree with you it will be so much more pleasant not to have to deal with weeds through the summer. You’ve reminded me: I need to check the cracks in our driveway and get after any weeds. Sequestered as we are in the house, I’ve conveniently forgotten about that chore!

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    1. Yes, I agree with you both. But we have such a huge display of violets in the garden and in other places in our yard, that we will not miss these beauties. 😊
      Thank you! True.
      Well, hopefully they have not gotten out of hand yet. No problem! 😊

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