The deck was to be a simple fire escape solution...nothing fancy, though, because of the height of the deck, it would be able to serve a dual purpose as a carport. So, we secured bids and built the deck. The bid included the replacing of windows in the garage and in the apartment above the garage with doors.
Once the job was completed, we had a lovely deck, two new doors, a new carport underdeck and .... a couple of windows now available for another project.... Upstairs, the apartment was quite nice, but I immediately realized I should have considered that replacing the window with a door, while providing better exit options in times of emergency, also cut down on the "cross breezes" of open windows....
|Deck Complete...the first time|
|Through a Plastic Wall|
|Fig Tree Planted|
Last Sunday we took a break from the construction, digging, planting, etc. and had a nice time with our friends. We ate, talked, laughed, played music, sang. We need to do that more often.
|Milling in the Kitchen....Judy, sans overalls!|
|Milling on the Porch|
Yesterday, while I was talking with my neighbor, who'd walked down the long driveway to "see what we were doing," and while she was annoying me with her, "I would've put the deck on the other side of the garage," and "I would've made a bedroom in that apartment," and, "why do you want to plant fruit trees????" I looked at the fruit trees awaiting planting and my eye caught the buckets of "sticks" we'd been keeping in water. The sticks were actually Joe's prunings from mature trees owned by the man who sold us the tractor three weeks ago. We'd placed the sticks in buckets of nutrient water in an experiment to see whether we could grow fruit trees from prunings. They looked dead when we put them in the buckets, and deader still a week later. But we continued to add water and nutrients, and yesterday I noticed we'd been rewarded for our efforts....LOTS of new leaves and the beginnings of new roots on the sticks!
|New Leaves on "sticks"|
Today will be another full one, that is a given. I get to visit the oral surgeon today....he will extract the tooth that the dentist declared too broken to re-crown.... I am NOT anticipating a fun time with this one. As I write this, while enjoying my cup of tea, and enjoying the early morning view through the plastic, I am hopeful that tomorrow's tea will be enjoyed without the blurring of the plastic and without the stepladder obstructing the view. Still, I am amazed at the transformation of this place in very little time.
|Flowers Still Giving Their All|
|And Another Phase of the Moon Passes|