I added necessary content between paragraphs. Mortar. (Metaphor care of a fellow blogger). It is good mortar. The consistency was right. It was firm enough to maintain space between a couple bricks. I’ve not removed the excess. I’m an apprentice mason. This means my set of tools are new but limited. It also means that I have more mortar stains on me jeans. I’m making slow progress, but this wall is going to be as straight as I am able. In the near future, I want the master mason to check my work. Next brick. That is all.