I'm loving chipping away at this project. I love the organic flow of it, making the stones work together, and the satisfying smashing with the sledge hammer. I do however have a deadline. Ben would not like me to occupy our patio all summer with stones, hammers, chisels, and our outdoor furniture sitting in a pile. So I have until the end of May to finish it "or else!!!". Or else we hire a mason to spend a couple of days finishing it.
I know that there are bets out there, on whether I will meet this deadline or not, and mostly against me. So the pressure is on and I'm feeling determined and confident and strong. I'll report back in a few weeks.