What do we do? We pave.
We just managed to get the sand base poured and levelled, and the pavers on- right before the steady drizzle of the rain turned into a brief downpour.
As soon as it let up, we went back out and swept the rest of the sand into the cracks. Voila!
Unfortunately, we did run out of sand- but we're allllllmost done. (Thank goodness.)
On to phase 2 of the projest- benches and a retaining wall. Yeah, I figure it'll take a couple of years for us to get to that point.