Some of the things we've completed this summer include refinishing and staining the deck, a chore my mother mainly took on herself with some help from Kevin. We love the new deck stain (Tugboat by Behr), which complements the house siding color and the natural colors of the outdoors. We hope this will give us three more years on a deck that will eventually need replacing.
Here's the deck before, with paint peeling off, a view from afar.
|Note the blue door that is also about to go...|
Also, there was Savannah's play fort, a gift to her for her birthday from Mommy (who built it from scratch) and Daddy (who paid for the cedar lumber).
|The playfort stage 1 is a success.|
|It doubles as a pirate lair.|
|Doesn't she look smashing as a pirate!?|
Her other birthday gift was the adoption of a pair of two-year old female guinea pigs, a privilege she earned by being responsible for so long. She calls them Butterscotch and Katie (aka Fraidy Katie), who tends to be a bit more nervous about life than her sister. First I built them an indoor cage.
|30" by 45" indoor cage made from cube grids and coroplast.|
|A-frame for the guinea girls made from scrap wood, hardware cloth and chicken wire.|
|Savannah feeds the girls fresh hay.|
|Blue skies on the farm.|
|Fancy outdoor living for the guinea girls.|
|Complete with the Kevin-approved rear wall for added protection.|