I had a great weekend. It was a great balance of some work and some fun…and some food. Isn’t that the best weekend combo? It sure is for me.
It was a bit of a whirlwind and to be honest, I can’t remember what happened on which days so I’ll just jump in and tell out it all but it might not be in the exact order it all happened.
I knew that I had to get some stuff done outside. You might remember a couple of weeks ago, with Craig’s (my son-in-law’s) help, I power washed a lot of things around my house. One of them was this bench. I just love this bench that’s out on my front porch. I like the chippy wood look but it needed to get some type of wood preserver on it so one morning I was up and out after the dew and got it painted. I put two coats on it. I was happy to have that done.
Next, I started painting… the porch posts. I had power washed them too and they needed attention.
Kalissa and Gannon came over when I was doing that.
Gannon was entertaining us with his new scooter tricks.
Everything was going fine until I got to this post. The trim piece was rotten.
Kalissa said, “I’ll have to have Craig come over and fix that.” I said, “Nope. I think I can fix it myself.”
I rummaged around the garage and found the right width…went to the chop saw and cut it.
Kalissa was impressed with me. Truth be told, I was impressed with myself. It all happened because I started cutting down picture frames for cross stitch pieces!!
I told Kalissa to find a couple of nails. This is what she brought me. Oh well, they will work.
Here is my trim replacement. WHOOT! WHOOT! I was so happy it worked. Kalissa was really impressed with me!!
Later after Kalissa left I went back outside and started working on some of the jobs that needed to be done at the back of the house.
First on the list was this bench. Like the bench at the front of the house, this one needed some type of wood preserver on it.
Another day Kalissa and the boys biked over to my house. We live about five blocks apart. It’s the perfect amount for an easy bike ride with the boys.
Carver arrived first. I was in the garden and just happened to be picking a bouquet of flowers for my kitchen. I told Carver to hide the flower behind his back and then when Kalissa came to pull them out and surprise her.
He did. He was so proud of himself…
…and she was so surprised.
It was a cute moment and I’m so glad I caught it on camera.
On Friday night Karl kidnapped me. We ended up going to Luna Valley Pizza Farm for pizza.
I’ve told you all about it before. It’s a fun place to go. The pizza is served from a working farm. You park in a hayfield and walk a path to the barn to get your pizza.
It’s a super friendly atmosphere.
Here’s where you get the pizza. They do a reservation only thing with is perfect.
Karl and I both agreed our pizza was fabulous.
We checked out some of the animals while we were there.
The sheep off grazing in the distance were so neat.
The next day it was more outside work. This is the back of the garage that is attached to my house. I used to keep three trellises across the back of the house with morning glories on them. I’ve had a bad experience with that. In previous years we have not gotten Japanese Beetles but apparently, now they have started coming this far north. Blah. They LOVE morning glories. Last year my plants were covered. This year I planted morning glories again but after I realized they were what was attracting the Japanese Beetles, I pulled all of the morning glories out. I’ve been living with blank trellises.
I went to the nursery looking for clematis but they were out.
I ended up buying three pink hydrangeas. They are so pretty. They got planted and the trellises are going to have to wait for clematis in the spring.
I’m very pleased with the update so far. I love morning glories and will miss them but…I hate the Japanese Beetles.
I did some other cleaning up outside but I didn’t get to the big playset. I’m hoping to get some time later this week. I’m going to need some help from someone to paint the upper part roof area. Maybe Craig or Karl or Buck can help. We’ll see. For now, I’m happy with the work I got done. Little by little it will all be done before the snow flies.
That’s my report on my great balance of some work and some fun…and some food. I did some sewing, blog writing, and cross stitching too. It was a great weekend!!