Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Some Deck Pictures

This heat is getting me down. It was 105* yesterday with a heat index of 119*. It just doesn't get that hot here, but it is this year. Today is supposed to be even worse. I had all my outdoor things done by 8 this morning and it was already 85*. I am so ready for fall.

Last week, Kevin was home on vacation. We built a deck. Well, Kevin did most of the work, but I helped by being a go-for, clean-up specialist, adviser, and cold drink provider. LOL  We set all the posts in concrete the previous week, so they could cure a little bit before we started building. I am so proud of our new deck. It is not finished yet. We still have to put rails around it and build steps, but have to save more money before that can happen. Wow! Things are expensive. A five pound box of deck screws cost $25. Of course one box wasn't enough. LOL  We hope to continue around the east side next spring. I would love to have a deck on the east side for summer evenings.
Kevin had planned to make it 6'X8'. So that is what I thought we were doing. He didn't tell me that he decided to go ahead and make it 8'X12'. It was quite a happy surprise for me. I love our new deck. I went out on it this morning and watched the sun come up. It has a couple of coats of stain on it now, but I haven't taken any pictures since Kevin put that on. Can you see Buddy's muddy paw prints on the storm door? LOL Speaking of Buddy. He was our little helper during the building of the deck.
As you can see, he got a crew cut when the heat hit. He is much more comfortable now. His hair is so soft. I can finally use the Adirondack chair that Carolyn's BIL, Terry built for me. I love it.
I built the temporary steps while Kevin was screwing down the deck floor. Concrete blocks aren't too pretty, but they get the job done. (grin)
I'll leave you today with a picture of the view from the deck. As you can see from the approaching shade in the first picture, it is shady from about noon on. Now if it will ever cool down in the evenings, we will get a lot more use from the new deck.
Thank you for visiting and please come again. Have a wonderful day and try to stay cool.



Just Ramblin' said...

Love your new deck and I'm glad it was made larger. Your view is fantastic. I would probably be out there all the time. You did a great job on the steps! Hope your heat cools down soon. Nola

Joanne Lendaro said...

Great looking deck!! It sure is expensive to do these projects! Try to stay cool, hope you get a break in the weather soon.

Terry said...

Your deck looks great! And what a beautiful view you have! :0)

Julie Fukuda said...

From the picture of the view, it looks like you have a bit of a roof over-hang. I hope you have shade on that deck too because it does look like a great place to sit.

Janet said...

You will really enjoy your deck. I love Buddy's crew cut. He is so cute. It finally cooled off here tonight, so it should be coming your way--71 tonight and the AC isn't running. :)

Crispy said...

What a lovely place to sit and watch things grow. Hopefully you will get the cool down we have gotten (low 80's and no humidity) I actually have my windows open again yeah!!


Paula said...

*WOW* That looks great, Winona! And how sweet of Keving to surpise you with an even bigger deck than you had planned! I can see lots of exciting things for that porch~ like grilling out (when it gets cooler outside of course) and evenings watching the sunset with a big ol' glass of tea.

Rosalyn Manesse said...

Enjoy your deck--it's looking great, and I'm sure that a lot of work was involved

~JoAnn~ said...

Hey Winona~ I can actually post a comment, think I fixed the problem. Will see how long it lasts. Love the deck and the view and of course the little doggie.
Have a blessed Day, JOann

Marydon said...

Winona, your deck is very nice & that view is awesome. I'd love to sit & chat with you there.

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Have a beautiful weekend.

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