Saturday, September 15, 2007

College Bricks

Today I spent most of the day cleaning mortar off of bricks. We had our two chimneys taken down as part of the efforts to straighten our house. It was a very difficult decision, but we were advised that it would be hard to straighten our racked house without removing the chimneys. So Abry Brothers, as a first step, took out the bricks and put them in a pile in our backyard.
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We're told these are St. Joe bricks, from a famous company in Slidell. I'm told they can't make the bricks like we have anymore, as the fires produce too much polution. But 100 years ago when these were made, the fires were a lower temperature and "dirtier," so it caused some very interesting colors in the bricks. We cleaned off the mortar of more than 1000 today and put them in a pile, we're hoping to use them later on our patio. There are many more left in the pile for tomorrow and the upcoming weekends. Then later today, speaking of bricks, I watched Notre Dame continue to look worse than my highschool team. They are 0-3, and haven't scored a touchdown all season. But my mind is really on Nebraska, who is playing the number one ranked USC Trojans in about a half hour. If the Huskers win, then their program is back on top as one of the premier college programs in the country. Plus as lagniappe, if the Huskers win than Lousiana State will be number one. Go Huskers!
I later went back and made the text of "if" bigger, because that turned out to be a mighty big if.

4 Comments:

Blogger Sue said...

That's what you get for kicking Notre Dame while they're down (way, way, way far down)! They'll rally any day now...

11:07 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Chipping off all that mortar and watching the ND game? Man, you are a glutton for punishment.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

I managed to get into the 'Sker game. VERY exciting 1st Quarter. Very depressing 2nd & 3rd, at which point we left. Then, natch, they scored 3 times in the 4th. That was fun to listen to as we crawled at 10 mph back to Omaha.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Best wishes in your struggle to repair your home. You were wise to save those bricks, not because they are rare or expensive, but just because they're a part of your house and you will want to keep them "in the family."

A relative of ours told us this evening that we're building character by living through all this. I told her we were pretty happy being the characters we were before all this happened.

Peace to you,

Tim

9:34 PM  

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