The patio with no name





THROUGHOUT MY recent struggles with a head cold and a very bloody nose, the guys continued toiling in the yard. They have finished.

The scraggly, 15-year-old, stone-and-concrete Jesus Patio has been replaced with a sleek, sturdier surface that includes a concrete bench topped by talavera tile. The labor ran me the peso equivalent of about $600 U.S., and the material totalled about $350.

But the old name, the Jesus Patio, inspired by a zealous workman’s unsolicited placement of a Christian cross on the patio’s surface, no longer applies. The cross is gone. Forgive me, Jesus!

I need a new name, and I’m open to suggestions. I’m leaning toward something that has to do with Buddha.

28 thoughts on “The patio with no name

        1. Ray: High minds work in tandem even across national borders. That name would be going straight to the heart of the matter. We’ll see. At the moment, it’s at or near the top of the list.

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    1. Thirsty: Well, dang, now there’s a real contender. Clever. While the Buddha Patio now sits in the No. 1 position, this will be a very close 2nd. Thanks, and thanks for the feedback. If you weigh in again, you will not be sent to the moderation file.

      At least not by me. WordPress mucks it up sometimes behind my back.


    1. Señor Gill: While that may well be the case with other Mexican widows, I cannot see mine doing it. She’s quite a bit sharper than that.

      Maybe a statue of me. There are stonecarvers all over the place hereabouts. Hmmm, now that I think on it …


  1. Felipe: Very nice! I dabbled in laying tile while I had my stained glass business. It paid better than glass work. Ten years ago, in Myrtle Beach, a guy was doing reno work on the house next door. I asked him how much he charged for laying tile, and he told me $7.50 per sq. ft. plus materials. With the economy now, that has probably doubled. You paid less for the whole job than he would have charged for laying the tile.

    Is that tile actually river stone cast in a tile, or ceramic?


    1. Kris: I customarily include the cost of work I have done just to rub it in the noses of people who are not fortunate enough to live south of the Rio Bravo. It’s a bit of naughtiness I should not indulge in, but I can’t help myself.

      The tile is ceramic. Those are faux stones.


    1. Marco: Thanks. Maybe the Buddha Bench on the Patio of Peace. I’m not much on pontificating. Some would disagree.

      Some additional thought will have to go into this pressing issue.


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