My husband and I have wanted a screen porch for many years. If any of you have ever traveled to visit my brother, the famous actor, and my sister-in-law, the award-winning educator (now retired), and enjoyed their screen porch, you will understand our love of all things screen porch.
We are finally having our screen porch built. I am so excited about this, that I can hardly contain myself. So, I am documenting each day’s work, so you can follow along on its progress. When it is finished, unfortunately, it will be too cold outside to enjoy. However, next spring, summer and fall will be “screen porch time!” We are planning to have a big “screen porch initiation party” to celebrate its reality.
I am attaching some pictures. A before, Day 1 and Day 2 pictures because that is only how far along we are. We are hoping the weather cooperates with the build.
I have been absent a lot because summer came and all of a sudden there is so much to be done! Those include tending the garden, mowing our almost 2 acres, and trying out new projects. Some of the projects have turned out ok, and some….well; not so ok. Remember my table and chairs project? They turned out quite well, but not for long. I used the wrong stuff to fill in the cracks and the top sides of the table cracked and started peeling. So I have removed all I could of the old grout and filler and sanded the wood. Now I have to regrout, paint, and seal the table and hopefully, get it done soon so we can enjoy it yet this summer!
I tried making things out of resin. I found I do not like making things out of resin!
Now, I am working on stepping stones. We have a huge yard, and I would like to have stepping stones going from here to there. This will take many summers, I am sure.
So, I am enjoying summer, gardening, walking the dogs with my friend, and trying many new things. I hope your summer is going well and you are enjoying new things and old things, as well.
This is my latest art project. A dear friend came for a visit and we spent the day creating. How wonderful it felt to open my soul, stir it up, and pour it onto the canvas! Sharing the process with a dear friend made it even more fulfilling. This type of art-making Is intuitive, always creating something different. I look forward to making more!
Now that it has sat for a few days, I see more I want to do with it….a work in progress.
It was so nice; surely I could plant my gardens, right? So I got most if them planted and made Banjo’s yearly appointment to get shaved for the summer. He has so much hair that grows quickly and is quite hot for him. Well, you know how that goes, it has now turned very cold, with frost warnings for tonight and tomorrow night. I should have listened to my friend’s grandma’s warning; ” The Ice King comes three times in May, so don’t plant until Memorial Day!”. So, y’all, it’s all my fault that it is so cold here in Wisconsin. I and many others who were quick to jump the gun, will be out covering our plants tonight and tomorrow night. Gotta love Wisconsin.
But on a lighter note; doesn’t Banjo look cute?
I’ve been absent for awhile as I worked on my latest DIY project. I wanted a table and chairs for our deck. Looking at the cost of a new set was shocking. Then I realized I had a table and chairs in the basement that was not being used. I put it outside last summer and by summer’s end, it looked terrible! The weather had done its trick. So this spring, I decided to refinish it and make it weather-proof. I sanded the old paint off, repainted them, and put two more coats of a clear spar urethane. I am almost done. I have one more chair to paint and clear-coat. I am pleased with the results. Now if it would just get nice and warm so we can use them! Here are pictures of before, mid-way and finished results.
This is a rare photo of Banjo letting Dale, my husband, pet him. Banjo is a one person dog and that person is me. It becomes difficult when I have to be away from home more than a day. This past weekend, I went to visit my Mom, son and his girlfriend, and stayed overnight. I called Dale around 8:30 p.m. To see how things were going with Banjo. Banjo would NOT come inside for Dale. He was going to sit in the front yard and wait for “mom.” No matter what Dale tried, he was not coming inside. He, also, would not eat. So I got this brilliant idea and had Dale put his phone on speaker. He then went into the yard where Banjo could hear, and I called him. “Mama’s home! Banjo, come by Mama! Come on, Banjo!” It worked!! Banjo came inside, and was not too happy with Dale when he found I was nowhere to be found! In the meantime, my Mom was laughing her head off at my end! This will only work once, because he is very smart and will not fall for it again. But, I was glad it worked because it still gets quite cold at night here. Any ideas we can try next time?