Equal Opportunity

As Julie requested, I changed my cocktail to a Vodka Tonic for the afternoon. Yep, that’s a really big-ass bottle of vodka.

Vodka Tonic

Astute observers may notice that the tabletop on our back deck is different from my previous Gin & Tonic photo. When my husband first bought our house, there was a huge Box Elder tree growing through the back deck (actually, the deck was built around it). We also had several others in the yard. Because they bring with them the nasty creepy Box Elder bugs that would coat the side of our house every year, he finally had the trees cut down. But he had the tree people cut the stumps for this one at table height. Our next-door-neighbor and DH’s best friend happens to own a countertop company, and he made a butcher-block tabletop for it. He assured us that if we coated it with marine varnish, it would be fine outdoors. Well, that lasted for a year before it disintegrated. Then he said he’d bring us a granite top. That was oh, maybe 5 or 6 years ago? Never happened, though he kept telling us he’d get one. In the meantime, we just stuck plywood or, more recently, an old piece of countertop over the stumps so that we could make it functional. But this year I decided it was finally going to have a real top. So after discussing it with DH and buying less than $25 of redwood, we have a real table top!

Redwood table top

But of course, our neighbor found out, and now he promises he’ll have a piece of granite for us in the next few days. Heh.

While we’re on the subject of long-overdue outdoor projects, this one is high on our list – fixing the broken cement in our driveway. There used to be a Honey Locust tree in the front yard, but its roots were starting to destroy the driveway and sidewalk, so we had to have it removed. We’ve been putting up with this wretched cement for several years now, and finally it’s time to have a go at it with a sledge hammer and replace it.

Cement driveway

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9 Responses to Equal Opportunity

  1. margene says:

    Love the table!
    You’ve got some work ahead of you. That vodka cocktail will be much needed afterward.

  2. Chris says:

    That is a great table!

    Sounds like you guys are going to have really buff arms and shoulders soon. šŸ™‚

  3. That is a lovely table. I need a house with stumps! Hopefully there are a lot of big, strong, young men to help break that up. while you supervise with the Vodka.

  4. Nora says:

    When can I come over?

    Great table.

  5. Lani says:

    Oh my husband cannot see your table!! He’s been wanting to have a tree kitchen table forever (although he wants the top to be a cross section of the tree so the bark is on the edges of the table as well as the stumps for legs)!!

    It is beautiful though! Maybe I should reconsider…

  6. Miss T says:

    I love that table!

  7. Romi says:

    I love the table! That is so cool. šŸ™‚

  8. Julie says:

    Yummy, thanks for the Vodka tonic; I’ll be right over šŸ™‚

    I love that table; what a great idea!

  9. Holy cats, that will be a lot of work!

    I am glad we only have one season of yard work!

    Is that Kirlkland vodka???

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