Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A GOOD DAY WITH ABOUT 80% OF OUR DECK PROJECT COMPLETE

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TODAYS SUNSHINE OPENED UP ALL THE CROCUS PETALS

Usually the first few lines of my opening paragraph each day come easy but tonight I sit pondering my keyboard.  Don’t want to start another post off with a weather report.  By the way it was sunny all day and I think we got up into the low 40’s somewhere.  Cloudy tomorrow followed by two days of rain and then another cloudy day after that.  Darn, I did it again!!

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ALWAYS NICE TO SEE DOVES IN OUR FRONT YARD

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A COMMON GRACKLE

Bruce rolled in at 10 this morning and 5 minutes after that our backyard porch deck extension was underway.  Not a whole lot I can say about how our day went except to say Bruce did all the working while I did all the standing around watching for whatever I could do to help out.  I can be quite a little hindrance you know.

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AND SO IT BEGINS

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THE VERY FIRST BOARD IS IN PLACE

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I’M A DARN GOOD BOARD HOLDER UPPER

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Somewhere around noon Kelly called us in for some hot bean soup and grilled cheese sandwiches followed by coffee.  Thought that was right nice of her.

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THE RESIDENT ‘STRAW BOSS’ CHECKS OUT THE DECK’S PROGRESS

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HERE’S PHEEBS RIGHT IN THERE HELPING BRUCE

By 3 o’clock Bruce had all the frame work done and it was time to put the deck boards on.  That was the best part for me because I had something to do.  Something to do I could do that is. 

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KELLY HAD HER BLACKBERRY IN ACTION AGAIN TODAY…..AND I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW BRUCE AND I ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OURSELVES

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We ended up two deck boards short so I will have to make another trip to Clinton but that’s Okay because we needed a few other pieces of lumber anyway for the deck railings and gate posts.  The deck at the moment is about 80% done but it may be a few days before we get back to it again.  With bad weather coming our way it may even be next week sometime.  I think it might have been around 4:30 when we finally got things cleaned up and called it a day.

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When I look at the original back porch deck complete with roof it’s hard for me to believe or even comprehend I built that deck all by myself about 15 years ago and the only logical explanation I have as to how I did that plus one of our sheds is simply that I must have been in possession of far more brain cells back in those day than I am currently carrying around and operating with today.  It’s the only sensibly reasonable conclusion I can come up with.  How and where I lost all those brain cells I really don’t know.  But lost them I did.  And of course there are those out there who will say I never had them in the first darn place!!

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THAT ROOF SUPPORT POST AT THE LEFT WILL BE RELOCATED

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THE BACKYARD GATE WILL GO IN UP THERE TO THE LEFT BETWEEN THE DECK AND THE CARPORT…..BRUCE HAS IT ALL FIGURE OUT OF COURSE AND THE ONLY THING I WAS ABLE TO FIGURE OUT CORRECTLY TODAY WAS THAT I HAPPENED TO HAVE MY SHOES ON THE RIGHT FEET FOR A CHANGE

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YOU CAN SEE WHERE WE ARE SHORT A COUPLE DECK PLANKS THERE ON THE RIGHT…..BRUCE SAID THAT WAS BETTER THAN BEING THREE BRICKS SHORT OF A LOAD

Between my lower back and my legs hurting now for awhile I don’t know which one of those two culprits is giving me the most grief.  I blame it on arthritis and this colder damp air but who knows………… 

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PHEEBS ENJOYING TODAY’S SUNSHINE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME KEEPSING A CLOSE EYE ON US

GROANER’S CORNER:(( A child comes home from his first day at school. His mother asks, "Well, what did you learn today?" The kid replies, "Not enough. They want me to come back tomorrow."

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A Father is asked by his friend, "Has your son decided what he wants to be when he grows up?"  "Yes, he wants to be a garbage collector," he replies.  To this his friend responds "Strange ambition to have for a career."  "Well, he thinks that garbage collectors only work on Tuesdays!"

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A man goes into a drug store and asks the pharmacist if he can give him something for the hiccups. The pharmacist promptly reaches out and slaps the man's face. "What the heck did you do that for?!!" the man screams. "Well, you don't have the hiccups anymore, do you?" The man says, "No I don't, but my wife out in the car still does!"

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19 comments:

  1. Hey you are making a wonderful progress there, it will be wonderful when you are all done. A few more muscles exercised so a few more sore ones. Weather will warm up soon, right?

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  2. The deck is looking great Al, will be real nice when it is done.

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  3. That is some great work. I can do anything computer but keep me away from any tools. That might be the new napping under the sun spot for Phebes.

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  4. I just envy people who might often have weather pleasant enough to sit on a deck. Here, the air conditioners are running already. Fun to imagine, though. It looks great.

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  5. That deck is looking great, I know you can't wait until it is complete. Being sore is the sign of doing a good bit of work.

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  6. That will be a nice deck when it is finished.

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  7. Nice looking deck! I hope you have your next project lined up, this one will take no time to finish! :)

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  8. So you been losing those grey cells too, huh? I figure it's because we used them so much when we were younger! Thank goodness Bruce still has his. He's done a great job of the deck, thanks of course to your supervision.

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  9. I like all of your blog, but that last picture hit home. I am the happiest when in a forest.

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  10. Two boards short of a full deck. Yep, I know how THAT feels....

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  11. I understand your memory problem, but I forgot why.

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  12. That deck is looking good. Hope you get some nice weather soon.

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  13. The Crocus are lovely. Never underestimate the importance of the board holder! That extra outdoor space is going to be wonderful as the temps warm up.

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  14. Funny you mention wondering how you once did something so well. Me too just the other day. I feel like I am looking at someone else's work. To reuse the nice fabric, I was taking apart a dress that no longer fits (and never will again) and wondered out loud about how good a job I once did putting it together to look so pretty and fit so well and with a lot less sewing equipment than I can afford now. Out of the blue from the other corner of the family room came: "You always do everything well." Awww. That must be why we have spouses! It's for when we get old.

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  15. The deck is looking great! Love that beautiful header:)

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  16. Deck is looking good. Long ago, I used to fix stuff, and was also a good holder uper, but Jodee told me what I have now is the "I don't wannas". She's so right.

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  17. Man, look at the fun two guys can have with power tools! Looks great, Al. ­čśâ

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