Well, I finally finished the digging, and this Spring I moved about six tons of gravel to use to level out the bottom. I have the lumber and rebar, now I just need to frame up the footers in order to pour cement. But these 90-plus-degree days have made it awful to work outside this summer.
Meanwhile the area I'm working in is overgrown with weeds. It's slow going even with a weedeater. So I've been gradually trying to kill the weeds by leaving them covered with tarps. It's not a pretty picture out back, but I can envision what it will look like when done. Now I'm aiming to build the footer forms in early September.
I'm still torn between building a brick wall, or holding out for some period-correct screen blocks to use for the wall.
Retrorenovation - but unfortunately, I have found nothing close to me. I plan to try Lowes locally and see if I can persuade them to stock something.)
There's another project waiting for attention in the area of the future atomic patio. We had a humongous tulip poplar tree cut down because it was old, too close to the house and dropping huge limbs a random moments. The tree guys had to bring in a crane to get at it. They did a good job and even left me a tall stump.
Can you guess what I want to do with this stump?