Deck Project

Summer is coming to a close {it’s been upper 90s the past week and now it’s storming all day, all of which is no fun to be outside}, so I think the deck will stay pretty much the same until next year. Here is the progress we’ve made in 2013…

This is the deck in July, right before hubby started tearing it down.


Izzi wants no part in the chain saw action.


In progress, thanks to our amazing carpenter.


The end result!


We have spent a great deal of time out here just in the past month or so that it has been completed. Obviously, I haven’t added any personal touches. That will come next year.

Here are some ideas (in no particular order):

1. lemon tree

2. gazebo or umbrella that will provide some shade over the sectional

3. mosquito netting?

4. pops of color

5. stain/ poly entire deck (depending on wear, etc)

6. grilling station to keep tools

As you can see, this will be a work in progress every year. That’s what makes it fun!

Like I said before, it’s been quite hot recently. Here is a picture of Axl enjoying his pool. He got in all on his own and just stood there for a good ten minutes. His eyes kept drifting like he was going to take a nap. Normally, Izzi is my water baby.


I’ll leave you with this shot of a giant bumble bee enjoying the roses I put on the table. He scared the living daylights out of me one afternoon.



Ketchup and… ?!

It’s been awhile to say the least. I was busy teaching summer school and being a “Lymie” as my hubs calls me. The summer has felt like it’s gone on forever, but it also feels like it flew by. Anyone out there understand what I’m saying or am I just speaking gibberish?

Let’s “ketchup” or catch up as some might say…

We’ve had a deck attached to the back of the house since I moved in here about five years ago. It’s a little ricketty, but mostly, just too small. {Un}comfortably, three people can sit at the table while one is cooking at the grill. Doesn’t make company feel very welcomed. So while we’ve been waiting for the carpenter who is going to do our kitchen (he’s on another job, his own house), we got the bug to redo our deck. Well I should say, Hubs got the bug to tear it down and pay a buddy to rebuild a bigger and better one.

Here’s a before shot:


Izzi is being helpful as usual. She’s saying ,”Come on, Ma. Put the camera down and fill up my pool!”

Here’s an in process shot, with my little man Axl:


The deck itself is done, but I’m still waiting for some finishing touches. So far, we’ve spent many nights just hanging out. It’s larger than our living room and dining room put together, basically doubling our living space when the weather is enjoyable.

Until next time…

(which will only be a few minutes)