The overhang attached to the house, where the new porch will be had to be removed leaving a jagged scar on the walls, exposing the mamposteria (stacked stone). After four hours of mopping, wiping, mopping a second time and washing every dish, our dust covered abode was again inhabitable. We fall into our chairs, exhausted, open a cold one, and have a good laugh.
Debris from “The Dig” is carefully screened for valuable dirt, the remaining rock shoveled into buckets and dumped on the ever-increasing mounds in the back of the yard.
With anticipation, we stand gazing into the hole and watch as Jose places the first stone to create the mamposteria wall of the swimming pool. Julio and Jose work hard, taking great care in selecting and placing each stone.
The columns arrive and are neatly stacked in the corner awaiting their installation. Four-foot holes are dug near the foundation of the house to check the stability of the walls then once it is determined the foundation is sound they are filled in and yet more deep holes are dug for the footings of the columns.
Before long, we have the footprint of our swimming pool.
By the way, today is Adies birthday. She's four.