This is my major occupation for the week. All day, every day, except for Wednesday when I will go into town for the "Huggy Bunch's" quilting day- I think I deserve one day off from the painting, don't you?! I actually rather enjoy painting, making things look fresh & new, but it's messy work & physically much more demanding than sewing!
DH has had to dismantle our deck- well, he has more than half of it torn up, the rest will be disassembled in like fashion after he finishes repairing these areas.
It appears that the builder failed to use "treated" timber for the joists that cantilever to the deck & they are rotting! Arrrggghhh, what a huge job this is & one that will take a month or more- maybe most of the summer. DH has to remove all the rotted timber from the 2x10 joists [cutting down 3" into the full length of each support ] treat the remainder with a preservative & then bolt on replacement planks of new treated wood. The Trex planks are all immune from rotting so they have been piled up on the corner of the deck awaiting re-installation.
It has of course rendered our deck pretty much unusable in this wonderful summer weather in the mountains. No sitting out in the evenings with adult beverage enjoying the view, the wildlife, the sunset, the stars .............arrggghhhh!
The railings were due for painting anyway so that's what I am doing while they are all removed from the upper deck & easier to paint.
So far yesterday & today I have painted all of these......
and this one, plus a few more pieces not shown, but they all require a second coat.
Tomorrow I plan to finish up a first application on the last three sections .......
& begin a second coat on all the rest!
This is a partial view from below, pretty sad eh?
This work is hard on the body-at least it is on this senior citizen body of mine-my back & my arm were really sore from yesterday, so today I wore one of those back support thingies & an armband & it has helped, I'm not feeling so bad. I did look a sight though & I was wondering if the UPS man might be too scared to get out of his truck!
And here's a photo of my new little embroidery machine -I would much rather be playing with it than painting.
By week's end I hope I will be back to what I love & do best-the wonderful world of sewing & quilting.