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