Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Full of Grace

  • After a few weeks of high temperatures barely climbing above freezing it suddenly turned downright warm. Spring has finally arrived and with it, trees budding and grass greening and the birds are so damned happy about it. (Although I would prefer if they weren't so happy at 4 a.m.) The weather has improved everyone's mood.
  • I had the deck wood delivered and they just left it all in my driveway. A mountain of wood. So I hired my neighbor’s kids to move it all. Then the older kid stayed to help with all the heavy construction. Since Martha tore her rotator cuff, she has been of minimal help.  I am so grateful that a young back saved me from digging holes, lugging 16, 80 pound bags of cement, and holding 2 x 12s up while they were secured. I couldn’t have done it without him. 
  • The deck posts and joists are all in which is the bulk of the heavy work (which no one will ever see). Now I have a day off while the gas and electric people come.  We are going to hook our new grill to our natural gas so we never have to worry about running out of propane again.

  • Peachie and her boyfriend invited me to go for a hike in the Adirondacks. We climbed to the top of Buck Mt. and then took a nap on the rocks.  I was very grateful for the rest.

  • Meeting the new man Beaner has been dating and liking him very, very much. What a refreshing change from her usual "type".


  1. I am quite impressed! That is looking awesome. I am glad you found someone to help out. The hike looks wonderful. Glad you like the new man... Makes all the difference for sure.

  2. I hope you continue to post pictures of the deck building process. It will be fun to see it going up, step by step. I may learn something, too.

  3. Oh, thank goodness for young and enthusiastic helpers! Those bags of concrete mix are heavy!
    The hike looks heavenly, how nice that it included a nap. Smart kid you've got there, 8.
    And, such a relief that Beaner's new man is cut from a different pattern. Hope this one works out better than the last.
    Thanks for the updates, friend!

  4. Glad you got some help.
    The Adirondacks hike must've been awesome.

  5. This rocks! Looking forward to seeing the deck when it's done. Now I'm thinking about tiny houses, gas shut off valves, porches, trap doors, and so forth. (I want a tiny house with a giant deck, so you're really inspiring me!)

    I can't wait to be close enough to nature to actually go walking. :) And yay, Beaner!