Barb has been working on several projects so far but this one is particularly beautiful and we will keep this one to replace a picture we brought home with us this spring. While Barb kept herself busy sewing, I managed to get all the batter boards up and started to level up and quickly realized we would need to excavate a lot of soil in order to get the deck low enough to match up with the back door. Oops, back to the drawing board for plan B!
While we're deciding on a new plan, we drove down to Terri & Mark's new house in Ellicottville, NY to help out with their dock project. They have a stream that meanders by their place and they want to build a deck platform so you can sit in an Adirondack chair and enjoy the wilds of nature – and that wouldinclude those pesky skitters!
You know, when we're down south, we would spend a few hours on a beautiful day on the deck at Big Daddy's enjoying a cool one and watching the Fish River go by. Well, that also happens when we're here – not going to Big Daddy's but sitting on the deck of He's Not Here, doing exactly the same thing – enjoying a cool one and watching the ever powerful Niagara River go by.
On Saturday, we had a wonderful visit with Corrie, Nate, Dawn, Jessica and Lilly. It was a beautiful day where we could all sit around the patio table to catch up and then have lunch. A box of Smarties and ice cream cones kept the kids happy while the adults chit chatted. After lunch, we got the bean bag toss out for the kids but soon the bigger kids got involved and we all had more fun.
This brings us up to the end of May and a good time to close off. The picture below shows what stage of the reno we were at this time last year. Hope all is well out there, wherever you are....