As I mentioned here, my husband and I accidentally became non-certified, "not" professional masons. We enjoy a good DIY challenge and laying stone happens to be one of them. 
This particular project was unfinished steps in our backyard and was hanging around a little too long on the honey-do list for me. Unfortunately one 100 degree weekend not long ago, my husband had enough of my harassment   requests to get the steps completed and decided we were getting them done.
We used stone that we had laying around from our pond project to create some steps that take you into the play area in our backyard. We purchased several pallets of stone at a local yard that happened to be going out of business and paid significantly less then we would have at a home improvement store, or having someone come do the job for us.
My husband and I developed our mason groove early on. He would load up the stone and concrete bags in the tractor, build the forms and be in charge of mixing the concrete. Works for me!
I on the other hand, would be in charge of pouring the concrete, positioning the stones and cleaning up the joint lines, sweeping etc. Works for him!
Despite the excessive heat, numerous water breaks, and the constant complaining from yours truly-  " I am too hot" " I can't possibly do anymore" and my favorite  " Honey, I got sweat in my eyes and I can't see", we were able to complete both sets of steps.
This is truly a Mason Marriage made in Heaven!
PS- without this concrete mixer that we purchased years ago, we would have a hard time considering projects like this. One of the best purchases we ever made for mixing up the concrete.
Between Naps on the Porch
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