So we got back from vacation on Tuesday, and by Wednesday at 10 AM our neighbor, Brian, was at the front door asking if he could have the stones in front of our house that make up a lame landscaping wall. We had told him a couple of months ago that we were going to tear it all out anyway, so the answer was yes. He saved us time and money, and the poor guy, in over 100 degree heat, had it all out and hauled over to his house across the street by mid-afternoon. I guess he’s going to make a firepit out of it all. We could have used it for a makeshift patio, but he was so eager to tear it out right then that we couldn’t refuse the free labor!
Later in the evening, Brian brought over a fresh loaf of chocolate-chip zucchini bread for us and invited us to a neighborhood get-together Friday night. After 2 1/2 years in this town and not much luck making friends beyond our coworkers, this was a welcome invitation. Thank God for kind neighbors.