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where fear and passion collide
Debora Dale Alt logo
where fear and passion collide

It feels like I was just writing about the beginning of summer and here it is already – the end. Though, it’s not really. Stores are just getting a jump start on back-to-school shopping, Halloween shopping and other not-here-yet events.

Ah, yes, I know, school is indeed about to start on the east coast and has already started in other parts of the country. But does that mean summer is over? Does that mean you can no longer buy summer-related items?


Unless you’re lucky… like I was. 🙂

Just the other day, Hubby decided it was well-past time to clean our 18-year-old wood deck which has only been cleaned once in all those years. He rented a power-washer and got right to it.

I’m very proud of him. It wasn’t hard work, per se, but messy, loud and, well, face it, a time sucker. However, he did it and the difference in the wood is amazing.

Now all we have to do is waterproof and stain it. They say it’s easy… I’ll have to let you know.

One thing is for sure, though. Our kitties will supervise our efforts just as they – all four of them – supervised from our bedroom window as Hubby cleaned the deck.

The day after he power washed the deck, we had the storm of storms. It scared the cats right under the bed… all but one who must have thought it was too crowded under the bed and decided to hide under the bedspread instead…

Yup, that lump is a scared little kitty. 🙂

Anyway… lightening, house-rattling thunder and raindrops like bullets, pounded away at our precious just-washed and lovely deck. It rained so hard, the water pooled on top and hubby’s first thought was maybe he did something wrong while washing it because we’ve never had water pool on the deck.

Thankfully, it drained and surface dried the next day. We need several dry-out days before we can waterproof it.

Meanwhile, we donated our old (15-year-old) yard furniture and decided to buy new. It’s the end of the season, after all, so prices should be low, yes? Well… yes. However, options were low as well. Who knew the best time to shop for end of season items was about a quarter of the way INTO the season??? Sheesh.

Well… we piled into the car determined to find SOMETHING since everything we liked and could afford online was out of stock and all the stores we called said they no longer had yard furniture on their showroom floors. We needed deck waterproofer, yes? So we headed to Home Depot. There are about four of them within the same distance of us but only one had any yard furniture available in their clearance room. We went there.

Well take those bloomers off the line and call this a sunny day! We found just what we needed! An urban-sized set in an easy-to-maintain material. The price wasn’t just ‘right’ it was perfect! Each chair $33.00. Each cushion – $7. And the table??? Ready?? Try $32.50. Now THAT’s what I call a bargain.

And on top of it all, we now have a beautiful urban retreat we can enjoy without guilt.

Ah…. the lazy days of summer. We are indeed about to enjoy them right here at home.